5 Places You Can Apply for Creative Funding

Image: Haven Studio

Image: Haven Studio

The arts: it’s a tricky space to be in, especially when you’ve only just begun trying to make it in the business. Becoming an artist or musician is only getting more expensive, and funding to start out or support an ongoing project is dwindling. We’ve done the hard work for you and found five great places you can apply for the all important funding and support from:

Arts Council England

Arts Council England is the biggest arts funding body in the UK. It awards a multitude of funds for arts and culture projects courtesy of the Government and National Lottery. Their funding is for artists, libraries, museums, creative projects, dance, drama, music and many more. They invest in art and culture for a lasting return. Find out more and apply for funding here: https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/funding

PRS Foundation

This is the UK’s leading funder of new music and talent development and they’ve been around since 1953. They aim to support songwriters and composers of all backgrounds to realise their potential and reach audiences across the world. PRS have plenty of ‘Early Career’ funding opportunities to apply for. These range from very targeted initiatives such as the Lynsey de Paul Prize for solo female artists and songwriters, through to our Open Fund. Find out more and apply here: https://prsfoundation.com/

Pistonhead Foundation

Of course, we had to include ourselves! We launched this initiative earlier this year, dedicated to supporting emerging musicians, artists, and independent venues across the UK. We’re a support network for creatives and aim to alleviate costs such as providing much needed stock for an event, exhibition, collection or gig. Get in touch via our website and we’ll do what we can to help: www.pistonheadfoundationuk.com/support

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Help Musicians UK

This charity was founded way back in 1921. Now, they help hundreds of emerging musicians every year to develop their talent and get their break. They invest more than £600,000 a year on this! Their funding is delivered in two main ways: tailored schemes offering funding directly to individuals and group, and development opportunities offered by partner organisations, funded or part-funded by Help Musicians UK. View all their live opportunities here: https://www.helpmusicians.org.uk/creative-programme/current-opportunities

The Elephant Trust

If you have an art project in mind or have started one and can’t finish due to funds, this is the one for you. This was created in 1975 to develop and improve the knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the fine arts in the UK. Trustees meet four times a year to consider applications, and grants are usually up to £2,000 (some up to £5,000). You can apply on their website here: http://www.elephanttrust.org.uk/docs/intro.html