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Do It Differently Fund from Help Musicians Adapts to COVID-19

The Covid-19 round of the Do It Differently Fund recognises that musicians are having to work in innovative ways due to the restrictions around social distancing.

Published: 20 April 2020 | 12:00 AM Updated: 28 April 2021 | 4:30 PM
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Funding new ways of staying creative and productive during self-isolation. Photo credit: Shutterstock

This fund aims to do the following three things:

  • Offer a package of support for professional, creative and wellbeing development
  • Enable creative independence for music creators who wish to explore working innovatively through digital methods
  • Encourage new habits and good practices of sustainable wellbeing

The Covid-19 round of the Do It Differently Fund offers a bespoke package of funding and expert advice designed to help you adapt and sustain your music through this time.

How the fund works

Offering a grant of £3,000, musicians will be supported to navigate the current uncertainty due to the Coronavirus outbreak, and to find new ways of remaining creative and productive during the downtime created by self-isolation.

For example you may:

  • Need to reshape your current business plans in the context of the changing domestic and global situations.
  • Have lost work you had planned for the coming months and want to repurpose this time to focus on your creative ambitions.
  • Already be exploring ways of using technology to support your next collaboration or recording and need some support to get this up and running.
  • Be wondering how to promote your planned release in a time of uncertainty and change.
  • Want to take the opportunity to adapt to a changing commercial environment and consider new and innovative ways to distribute your music and build an online fanbase.

For further details on the fund, eligibility criteria, and how to apply see the Help Musicians website.

Please note the deadline for this round of funding applications is Friday 1 May at 5:00 pm.

Other sources of financial support

If you’re in need of immediate financial relief, want to know more about sources for financial advice, or the Government’s financial assistance schemes, see our Financial Support page.

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