Music Explosion Summer Sessions 2021

Arts Council England & Help Musicians Special: Money for Creativity

Online Industry chat and Q&As

FREE entry ages 16+ on Wednesday 23rd June 2021

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Book by 4pm GMT, Tuesday 22nd June 2021.

Music Explosion Sessions provide an opportunity for our CICAS®/CAPs talent development members, musicians, producers, singers, songwriters, bands, emerging managers and young creatives to enhance their understanding of the music industry.

Summer sessions will focus on how to access funding for creative projects, with Q&As at the end of the talks. Wherever you are in your career, Music Explosion is an essential evening to inspire your practise and inform your next steps.


6pm – 7.30pm: Kim Macari


Have an idea for a project and want to apply for funding? Applied before, but got rejected? Feeling overwhelmed by the options, jargon and information?

We’ll spend this session demystifying the world of arts funding – who it’s for, how it works, how to get it and more. As well as looking at the different programmes of funding offered, we’ll take a look at what happens to your application after it’s submitted – how decisions are made. There will also be top tips for application writing and time to ask any burning questions.

Kim Macari is an Artist-Activist immersed in the world of improvised music. Fundamentally she believes in the arts as a powerful tool of empowerment, creative expression and social change. As an artist, she performs in a number of improvised settings on trumpet and spoken word and creates graphic scores, often using ekphrasis and data sonification.

Macari also occupies a number of key positions within the arts world – Programmer for Vortex Jazz Club (ranked in Top 10 jazz venues in the world 2020), Chair of pan-national support body Jazz Promotion Network and is on the Music Team at Arts Council England. She often appears as a cultural commentator at a range of events and publications on topics including arts funding, gender politics in the arts, diversity and inclusion, cultural identity and the implications of political decision making on the arts.


7.45pm – 8.30pm: Barnaby Duff


Creating music can be expensive. Navigating the business often requires professional advice, and the specialist skills needed to record, release and grow can be costly to gain. Help Musicians provides financial support to help creators achieve their potential, develop their skills, grow their portfolio and build a career.

During this session, we’ll cover the ways Help Musicians can support you, as well as a suite of other resources that can help provide you with a healthy and sustainable career in music.

Barnaby Duff is Creative Programme Officer at Help Musicians, whose triangle of support offers funding, mentoring and health and welfare services. He has UK-wide experience for supporting independent artists, developing a strong national network of music organisations, industry figures and collectives. Prior to music charity, Barnaby worked in artist relations, promotion and sync and currently works as a freelance assessor for Youth Music and an independent music supervisor alongside Help Musicians.

If you can’t make it to the webinar, but want to support our work with young creatives, please donate here or text 25DONATE to 70085. Thank you.

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