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Charity launches new fund to help Northern Ireland musicians

The charity Help Musicians has launched a new fund to assist struggling musicians in Northern Ireland.

The UK charity has recently set up a base in Belfast, with its new initiative aimed specifically at musicians in Northern Ireland.

The Fusion Fund offers applicants between £2,000 - £5,000 to assist in furthering their career, as well as research and development projects.

Each round of the Fusion Fund will have a regional focus within the UK, and the inaugural round opened in Northern Ireland on August 1.

Applications will close on September 11.

Help Musicians is also launching its Transmission Fund, which will offer £500 – £1,500 to support formal and time-limited training and mentoring opportunities in both the UK and internationally.

Both funds are open to professional and emerging musicians aged over the age of 21.

Keith Millar, Northern Ireland Development Manager, said: “Help Musicians once again affirms its commitment to the Northern Ireland music sector, with the launch of the Help Musicians Develop fund.

“To those musicians eager to apply, the funding offers tremendous opportunity for continued artistic and career development both through training and mentoring, and crucially through partnership and collaboration with Northern Irish artists and art forms outside of the musical sphere - unleashing the potential for some amazing original creative synergies.”

For information on how to apply for the Help Musicians funds, visit: www.helpmusicians.org.uk

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