• Music funding opportunities for January

    January Funding Opportunities

    At Take it away, we believe that music needs backing. For any music creator, knowing where and how to look for financial support for your projects is invaluable.
    We update this page regularly with the latest opportunities and deadlines for creative grants that will help you on your musical journey.
    Here’s what caught our eye recently (last updated January 2022)

    Help Musicians announce £1m hardship fund

    Unfortunately, we enter this new year with many musicians struggling to make ends meet due to Covid disruption.

    Help Musicians will be making further payments to musicians facing financial hardship, with applications for support opening on 31 January 2022.

    This new round will see a one-off payment of at least £250 made to those eligible, with higher amounts available to those in the most challenging financial conditions if we have sufficient funds.


    ? More info…

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    Time to Power Up

    Power UP is a new programme which will power up Black music creators & industry professionals, and will tackle anti-Black racism & racial disparities in the UK music industry.  If you’re an exceptional UK-based Black music creator or industry professional ready to power up to the next phase of your career, apply today!

    Deadline 17th Feb at 6pm


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    Power Up

    Grand Plan is a fund run by creatives, for creatives. The founders have either observed or experienced the sustained and structural barriers which contribute to an under-representation of artists and creative people of colour in British arts & culture.  They offer three £1000 grants per month to creative people of colour based in the UK who want to make a new cultural project happen.

    Deadline 31st January.

    ? Find out more and apply here…


    Mobo Help Musicians’ Fund

    The MOBO Help Musicians Fund can provide financial support to musicians making Hip Hop, Grime, R&B, Soul, music of African origin, Reggae, Jazz and Gospel, helping them create music, develop business skills and take their career to the next level.

    Music creators can apply for financial support of up to £3,000 towards recording and releasing music.

    As well as the above, supported artists will also receive a health consultation from a BAPAM specialist to talk through and address any issues. 

    ? Learn more and apply…

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    Get instruments for your project from Music for All 

    Music for All invites groups in need of electric guitars (no amplifiers included) and/or ukuleles to apply for some very special instruments.

    The charity also has up to 20 special Behringer MS-1 analogue synthesisers to award to deserving projects.

    In addition, up to three awards of £2000 are available for projects to benefit those with neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.


    ? Find out more and apply

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  • Orange Learn launches new books and online courses

    Orange Learn, part of Orange Amplification, has launched a brand new collection of study books for students looking for an alternate way to learn to play rock guitar. This original series of new books provides everything needed to take accredited rock guitar exams, from debut through to Grade 8, with global provider of digital music exams, Online Music Exams (OME) anytime, anywhere.
    As well as the books, Orange Learn has expanded their programme to include more online courses and a revolutionary take on music exams. Worth a look!
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    The new grade books, which can sit alongside and be supported by Orange’s online guitar courses, are perfect for students to study by themselves, with a teacher or a combination of both. Each grade book includes six songs; three for teaching students how to play a lead guitar solo over a song and three performance pieces.

    The new, expanded Orange Learn programme offers students multiple, complementary approaches to learning rock guitar. All the technical aspects required to develop playing skills and fulfil examination board requirements are included in the books; scales, chords, aural tests, melodic recall, sight-reading and theory. Orange Amplification’s Online Rock Guitar course can be used to supplement the new grade books with pre-recorded videos for students who prefer to learn this way or want a more in depth guide to music theory.

    Orange Learn continues to give students the freedom to create their own learning journey. It is a flexible, fun, easy to follow course, built by expert music teachers. It allows students to study and progress at their own pace, using different options; grade books, online courses and exams.

    Orange Learn says:

    “The way the online exams work is particularly special – students can take 100% of their exams online. Even the sight reading, improvisation and aural tests can be taken online so that students don’t have to travel to a test centre to complete their exam. This is really unusual and one of the things that really sets Orange Learn apart.”

    Featured artists in Orange Learn’s Rock Guitar Books:

    • The Beatles
    • AC/DC
    • Nirvana
    • Metallica
    • Deep Purple
    • Oasis
    • Arctic Monkeys
    • Greta Van Fleet
    • My Chemical Romance
    • Bullet for My Valentine
    • Opeth
    • Joe Satriani
    • Rush


    Each book is accompanied by free downloadable backing tracks that are downloadable from the website.


    For further information and to buy the new graded Rock Guitar Exam books or their reduced price digital version, visit www.orangelearn.com/