The Open Fund for Organisations supports new music projects led by promoters, talent development organisations, venues, curators and large performance groups*.
Projects must involve the creation, performance and promotion of new music and enable songwriters, composers, or solo artists, bands, producers and performers of all backgrounds to develop creatively and professionally
Support is available to any organisation whose project fits with all three funding priorities:
- To support the creation, performance and promotion of outstanding new music in any genre
We are particularly interested in the quality of the music
- To enable the UK’s most talented music creators to realise their potential
We are interested in how your project will develop the songwriters and composers involved. We are committed to supporting UK based songwriters and composers of all backgrounds
- To inspire audiences
You will be asked to outline who you are reaching and how. This includes audiences at a local, regional, national or international level
Through The Open Fund, we support high quality new music projects which have tangible musical outcomes and a clearly defined start and end date.
What counts as an Organisation?
The Open Fund is available to any not-for-profit organisation based in the UK with an eligible project.
• Orchestras and large ensembles*
• Talent development or composer development organisations
Please note: bands and small musical groups are no longer considered by The Open Fund as Organisations and should now apply as Music Creators
* Large performance groups would include orchestras, choirs, jazz bands or folk groups with 12 or more performers
We cannot support organisations limited by shares. Please see our Frequently Asked Questions page for information on Organisations we consider eligible and ineligible, including advice on restrictions around financial set-up.
In our role as a specialist new music funder, our priority is to support an exciting range of projects which have clear musical outcomes and tangible benefits for music creators of all genres and backgrounds and at different stages of their career.
Your work with songwriters and composers is particularly important to us so we will be asking you to tell us about the number of individual music creators you are working with and how your project will boost their creative and professional development, both short-term and long-term. If you are successful with your application, we will also be asking you, when your project is complete, to tell us about the composers and songwriters you are reaching and what they have been able to achieve thanks to your project.
How much can Organisations apply for?
The Open Fund for Organisations offers grants of up to £10,000.
Our funding includes support of:
• promotion and marketing
• commissions of new music by UK-based creators*
• exciting community projects involving high-quality music creators
• music creator residencies
• live programmes featuring new UK music