The following organisations are also a valuable source of information,
advice and resources for musicians and music industry professionals.
Arts Council England invests public money from the government and National Lottery to support arts and culture across England. To read ACE’s 2020-2030 strategy click here
EFEx is a sector support organisation for folk, roots and acoustic music in England and offers a range of advice and services to the folk community including an annual showcase event for artists in Manchester every October. It is a National Portfolio Organisation funded by Arts Council England. To see the EFEx Folk Talk series of videos offering advice to musicians click here or look around the website for other resources and opportunities available.
Music Support is a registered charity founded and run by people from the UK music industry, for individuals in any area of the UK music industry suffering from mental, emotional and behavioural health disorders (including but not limited to alcohol and drug addiction). Our helpline is available: Monday - Friday: 09:00 – 17:00 on 0800 030 6789
The MU is a community of around 32,000 musicians working to protect our members’ rights and campaign for a fairer music industry. To use their Coronavirus advice and read the latest news on Coronavirus for musicians click here
PRS Foundation invests in the future of music by supporting talent development and new music across the UK; enabling songwriters and composers of all backgrounds to realise their potential and reach audiences across the world.
Since March 2000 PRS Foundation has supported over 7,300 new music initiatives to the tune of over £35 million. They do this through open grant schemes which are available to musicians and organisations and partnership programmes which they lead in response to specific needs and gaps in funding.
Help Musicians is an independent UK charity for professional musicians of all genres, from starting out through to retirement.
We help at times of crisis, but also at times of opportunity, giving people the extra support they need at a crucial stage that could make or break their career.
Operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Music Minds Matter is a support line and service for the whole UK music community. If you want someone to talk to, or even explore avenues for ongoing support, get in touch, anytime. We're to help. Call on 0808 802 8008
EFDSS is the national folk arts development organisation for England. We are here to champion the English traditional arts – music, song, dance, storytelling, customs and traditions – as part of the rich and diverse cultural landscape of the UK. We’re about preserving them, and we do that in our award-winning library, the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library (VWML) named after our former president, the composer Ralph Vaughan Williams. But we’re also about promoting – shouting about the richness and huge variety of art forms and wonderful people that work under this all-encompassing, very elastic term called FOLK, and providing endless opportunities for people to get involved. And we’re about developing. Folk is living, breathing and constantly being re-invented; we encourage artists to be inspired by the songs and dances that have been handed down through the generations and support them in various ways to create new songs, tunes and dances. From big bands to solo singers, morris dancers to contemporary choreographers, schools to mass participation, intimate folk clubs to major concert halls – our work reaches far and wide. And we’d love you to be a part of it. Click here for information on opportunities offered by EFDSS.