We hope you are managing to stay creative during this very difficult period. We are very much looking forward to re-opening our live Unsigned Sessions events series as soon as we can. Until then, here are a few resources you may find useful.
The pandemic has increased anxiety levels for everyone, so if you are feeling overwhelmed, please know you are not alone. Our friends at The Musicians Union have some useful resources available to help individuals navigate the current landscape from a mental health standpoint.
As well, Help Musicians have a range of funding options available should you be in need of financial assistance during this time. Use their search tool to find the right organisation to help your project.
Musicians would also do well to head over to Arts Council England. In addition to a very robust job board, they have recently reopened its Develop You Creative Practice (DYCP) program for 2020/2021, which aims to “help by supporting research, time to create new work, travel, training, developing ideas, networking or mentoring”. Applicants can apply for grants from £2000 to £10,000.
A great way to stay inspired is drawing inspiration from other artists. Take a look at our collection of YouTube videos from our Melomania sessions which ran over the last few years. There is music from a huge range of genres and it might just be the thing that lends a spark to your imagination. If videos aren’t your thing, then check out the thousands of tracks from artists on our site.
We are still accepting music submissions and encourage you to keep us updated of any new music. If you’d like to add music to your existing profile, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Spotify playlist is constantly being updated, along with our Artist Of The Week blog, so there has never been a better time to get your music on Spotify and other streaming services. Once we’ve listened (we listen to everything that comes in), if we think it is a good fit, we will share it far and wide!
Stay safe and keep writing,