The Open Fund is available to any music creator or not-for-profit organisation whose project or programme fits with all three of their funding priorities:
To support the creation, performance and promotion of outstanding new music in any genre. They’re particularly interested in the quality of the music.
To enable the UK’s most talented music creators to realise their potential. This will focus on how a project will develop the songwriters and composers involved.
To inspire audiences at a local, regional, national or international level. They’ll be interested in who you’d be reaching and how you’d go about that.
Activities that the Open Fund can support:
- Projects involving the creation, performance or promotion of new music by living, UK-based music creators (e.g. a commission, residency, education project or tour)
- Recording costs
- Programmes that strongly feature or are based around new music (e.g. promoting a series of live events featuring outstanding new music, the new music component of a festival programme, artist/composer/talent development programme or multiple commissions).
- Equipment/rehearsal space hire if it is an essential part of the project
- Administrative costs (e.g. time spent organising the project, letters, printing, stamps)
- Development time (e.g. the time it will take the music creator to work on the new material)
- Promotional activity/PR costs relating directly to your development as a music creator/the project · - Website creation (only if crucial to the promotion of the project)
- Music videos when part of wider project activity
- Musician fees (we will not fund a project if you do not pay your musicians)
- Contingency (up to 10% of the total project budget)
- Concerts, record launches, gigs, tours, installations, festivals and promoters which feature a significant programme of new UK music.