Creative Kernow, based at Krowji, is the umbrella organisation for the following nine projects. Together we support the production, promotion and distribution of work by creative practitioners in Cornwall because we believe in creativity's transformative power and want more people to benefit from it.

Music funding

This is a list of organisations that offer music funding. We’ll add more as we hear about them.


The following funding opportunities are currently open. As with all funding schemes, it’s crucial to read and meet the funding criteria in your application…



Music Export Growth Scheme – £5,000 – £50,000 | deadline 28 May
This fund is designed to assist UK-registered independent music companies with marketing campaigns when looking to introduce successful UK music projects overseas.

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Help Musicians UK

The Transmission Fund – £500 – £1,500 | open
Designed to help you build your career by providing grants of £500 – £1500 to fund opportunities allowing you to focus on developing your artistic and professional development at a crucial point in your career. It can support opportunities such as short courses, workshops, training and time-limited periods of coaching with an expert in your field both in the UK or internationally.

MOBO Help Musicians Fund – up to £2,000 | deadline 05 Nov
Grants of up to £2,000 to support exceptionally talented artists with their career ambitions. From vocal coaching to support for touring or video production, this fund can be used to support opportunities which will have a significant impact on your creativity and career.

See Help Musicians UK website for further details on these and other support

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PRS For Music Foundation

The Open Fund for Music Creators – up to £5,000 | deadline 11 June
Supports the development of outstanding songwriters and composers of all genres and backgrounds at different stages of their career. The fund can support projects by songwriters, composers, or artists, bands, producers and performers who are writing their own music or commissioning others.

Emerging Artists Fund – up to £2,500 | deadline 21 May
Offers UK artists and bands an innovative financing model with hands-on support from PledgeMusic to set up a direct-to-fan campaign, as well as grant support of up to £2500 from PRS Foundation to supplement funds raised from your campaign.

Steve Reid InNOVAtion Award – up to £1,500 | ongoing
An opportunity for emerging artists that make outstanding music to receive support in the form of a grant of up to £1,500 to assist you with creative goals and career development, mentoring from an experienced, successful working artist (including Gilles Peterson, Four Tet, Floating Points and Koreless) and 500 x 12” vinyl manufactured in association with MODO – experts in creative packaging.

International Showcase Fund – up to £5,000 | ongoing
Vital support for artists, bands, songwriters and producers based in England and Scotland who have been invited to play an international showcasing festival or conference.

See PRS Foundation website for further details on these and other support initiatives

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Creative Scotland

Open Project Funding – ongoing
Arts and creative industries funding ranging between £1K – £100,000K for projects that develop skills or artistic practice; that create something new and of high quality; either present work to audiences or which try to develop and reach new audiences; encourage more people to get involved in artistic and creative activity.

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Arts Council England
Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants (Replaces Grants for the Arts) – ongoing
Funding for a broad range of projects across the arts for individuals and organisations including performance, production, professional development, publishing, research and development, sector development, talent development, touring.

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Drake Music
Emergent: A Music Legacy – ongoing
Artistic Development opportunities are available for emerging deaf and/or disabled musicians via this new artistic development programme.

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Essential Guide to Music Funding

The Unsigned Guide have just released their free Essential Guide to Music Funding which has been revised for 2016.

This 37 page document summarising many of the music funding options available to bands, musicians, labels and managers and contains contributions from Arts Council England, BPI, PRS For Music Foundation, Creative Industry Finance, Help Musicians UK, Music Tank, Transmit Start-Ups, Musicians’ Union, Pledge Music and Remi Harris Consulting.

Since first publishing their music industry directory in 2003, The Unsigned Guide has become an essential resource for aspiring bands & artists, producers, new record labels or promoters starting out and anyone else working towards a career in the music business.

Along with maintaining their comprehensive online UK music directory, listing over 8,500 contacts spanning the music business, they also occasionally publish free PDF guides offering crucial and valuable advice to assist independent artists in getting to grips with the music business.

The Unsigned Guide Editor Louise Dodgson said: “We are regularly on the receiving end of enquiries from bands and musicians wanting to make a living from their craft, asking how they can be supported financially. So we set about gathering this info together to make sure artists are aware of the options and support out there that they can tap into”.

Bands and musicians can obtain their free copy of The Unsigned Guide’s Essential Guide to Music Funding by emailing