The BBC Performing Arts Fund has announced the nineteen music organisations to receive funding from its Music Fellowship scheme. Between them they will receive £190,000 to each host one individual in a placement that will help them to develop professionally. Money doled out by the Performing Arts Fund is collected from phone voting fees on BBC shows, such as ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ and, in this case, ‘The Voice’.
Director of the fund, Miriam O’Keeffe told CMU: “We are delighted that the money raised through the phone voting on ‘The Voice’ will be used to support the next generation of musical talent. Working with some of the most well respected arts and music organisations in the UK will not only nurture this talent, but will give the fellows the experience and confidence to pursue their musical ambitions”.
Controller of BBC Entertainment Commissioning, Mark Linsey added: “‘The Voice’ is really pleased and proud to be associated with the BBC Performing Arts Fund. There is such a strong synergy between the two as both want to get behind and promote great talent and see it prosper and reach its full potential”.
The successful organisations and fellows are as follows:
Baby People – Ben Dew (Musician/producer)
Birmingham Royal Ballet – James Ham (Ballet Conductor)
Bristol Music Trust – Abi Ward (Programmer)
CC Creative Workshops – Jordan Riley (Producer/songwriter)
Cheltenham Music Festival – Alex Wilson (Creative & facilitator)
Drake Music – Bram Harrison aka DJ Eye Tech (DJ/musician)
English Folk Dance and Song Society – Maz O’Connor (Singer)
English Touring Opera – Carlos del Cueto (Opera Conductor)
Feis Rois – Amy Henderson (Accordionist)
Grimsby Minster – Ben Crick (Conductor)
Haddington Pipe Band – Ailie Robertson (Musician/composer)
Irene Taylor Trust – Adrian Harrison (Singer-songwriter)
Making Music – Amble Skuse (Composer)
Moving On Music Ltd – Ryan Molloy (Composer)
National Centre For Early Music – Bethany Seymour (Soprano)
National Youth Choir of Scotland – Andrew Nunn (Choral conductor)
Town Hall & Symphony Hall – Jonathan Silk (Jazz percussionist)
Scottish Chamber Orchestra – Shiori Usui (Composer)
Urban Development – Holly Smith (Singer)