MOBO Trust fund opens with £60,000 to support underrepresented artists

Applications are now open and close on November 25 at 5pm

FUND FOR EMERGING ARTISTS: File photo of Lotto Boyzz performing at the Mobo Awards nominations in 2017

MOBO TRUST and Help Musicians have teamed up for a third year to support underrepresented artists with a £60,000 fund.

The fund set up by the two charities works to champion those who can demonstrate high quality musical output, an entrepreneurial spirit and the potential to achieve a national or international impact. It specifically focuses on supporting musicians across hip hop, grime, RnB, soul, reggae, jazz, gospel, and afrobeats.

Kanya King, MOBO founder and CEO, said: “On behalf of MOBO Trust, we are incredibly pleased to once again join forces with an organisation whose values align so closely with our own.

“Help Musicians’ commitment to encouraging diversity within the talent funding space means the MOBO Help Musicians Fund can grow and flourish in a very natural way. The addition of the health package is further proof of what makes this partnership so pioneering and vital.”

As well as being bigger than ever, the total fund amount has increased from £40,000, this year’s recipients will receive complimentary hearing care.

Recognising the importance of taking early intervention to protect musicians’ hearing, Help Musicians is providing fully-subsidised access to its Musicians’ Hearing Health Scheme for all awardees in 2019. Through the Musicians’ Hearing Health Scheme, MOBO Help Musicians Fund recipients will receive a full audiological assessment, including a hearing test, and ACS PRO series custom-made ear protection.

Applications are now open and will close on Monday November 25 at 5pm. Individuals or groups of up to four members can apply for up to £2,000. Groups of five people or more such as Gospel choirs and jazz musicians can apply for up to £3,000.

To find out more and apply, click here.

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