Opportunities, advice and support for music makers

The music industry has ground to a halt in the wake of the coronavirus crisis – concerts and live events as we knew them are all suspended for the foreseeable future at what should be a booming time for the live music sector.

We understand that this is a difficult time for the music sector and for creative practitioners worldwide. Keep checking back on this page where you’ll find links for updated opportunities, advice and support. 


Latest UK Music Opportunities

Safer Sounds Partnership

The Mayor of London launched a £2.3m Culture at Risk Emergency Fund to help some of London's most vulnerable cultural places and spaces. The targeted fund is designed to help grassroots live music venues, LGBTQ+ venues, creative workspaces and independent cinemas to get through the COVID-19 pandemic. There is a total fund of £225,000 to support London’s LBGTQ+ venues.

Psappha – Composing For ...

Psappha is looking for composers, at the early stage of their composing careers, to create pieces for instruments including sitar, viola and guitar. The call closes on Sunday 16 August at 23:59.

Psappha and Youth Music's Young Music Creators Support Scheme

Psappha has created a new scheme for 2020-21 to support music creators aged 18-21 who – for different reasons – face barriers to gaining high-quality composer development opportunities. More information will be provided on their website on Monday 17 August 2020 and will start accepting applications from then.

Selector Radio – Isolation Creation Call Out

The British Council's own Selector Radio show is calling for new music from any UK artists or DJs. If you want the chance to reach our 4 million listeners worldwide, get in touch!


Advice and Support

Try the hashtag #MusicBusinessAdvice on Twitter for the latest advice from music industry bodies.

We've a wealth of additional links and further reading for advice and support for musicians and people in the music industry over on our UK Music Funding and Support page.

In particular, we recommend keeping up with the work, funding and opportunities offered by organisations like Help Musicians UK, the Musicians Union, PRS Foundation and Arts Council England, Arts Council Wales, Arts Council Northern Ireland and Creative Scotland. Each have made funds and opportunities available during the coronavirus crisis and these are evolving all the time.


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Music Team Spotlights

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