MOBO Trust, the charitable arm of the MOBO Organisation, and Help Musicians, the 99-year-old charity for musicians, have expanded the MOBO Help Musicians Fund to offer support across artists’ creative output, business skills and health and wellbeing in year 4 of the successful collaboration.
Having run three hugely successful rounds of the MOBO Help Musicians Fund since 2017, resulting in 50 projects receiving support, this year’s Fund grows from a £60,000 to a £100,000 investment into artists creating music of black origin. MOBO and Help Musicians have also examined the further needs of musicians and bolstered the package of support to empower musicians to drive forward their businesses at a crucial time.
The 2020 MOBO Help Musicians Fund will offer awards of £3,000 towards creative output, plus 1:1 business advice sessions tailored to each awardee’s individual needs and delivered via experienced music industry professionals, as coordinated by ThinkMusic. Furthermore, the Fund will also offer 1:1 health consultations with British Association for Performing Arts Medicine professionals, covering all aspects of a musician’s health, including physical and mental health needs and specialist referrals where required.
Full guidelines and application forms for the MOBO Help Musicians Fund will be available from June 29 on the Help Musicians website.
Kanya King, Founder, MOBO said:
“In times of trouble we have always looked to music and our musicians to provide a sense of relief, express our feelings and emotions and to share messages of hope.
In these challenging times, we could really do with some hope.
This is why MOBO are proud to continue our partnership with Help Musicians as we go further than ever to support our musicians as they face the uncertainty of a Post COVID-19 world and what it means to be a working artist. We stand in unity to support them.”
Claire Gevaux, Director of Programme, Help Musicians said:
“Help Musicians is incredibly pleased to not only continue our partnership with MOBO but also to expand the support package offered by the MOBO Help Musicians Fund into something that contributes to a musician’s personal sense of balance. We believe that having access to business knowledge has a unique ability to empower artists, and when combined with the right health and wellbeing support, plus the funds to create, musicians have a stronger opportunity to thrive in their careers as well as their lives. ”
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