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The 2017 deadlines are:

Round/Deadline Stage 1 Deadline Stage 2 Deadline Decisions Sent (Activity Must Take Place After This Date)
Deadline 1 February 6th March 14th April 28th
Deadline 2 May 8th June 12th July 14th
Deadline 3 October 2nd November 7th December 15th

All applications must be submitted by 6pm on the day of the deadline.

Application process

You will be asked to provide two musical examples and a brief description of your project. We will also want to know how your project fits with our funding priorities:

  1. To support the creation, performance and promotion of outstanding new music in any genre
    We are particularly interested in the quality of the music
  2. To enable the UK’s most talented music creators to realise their potential
    We are interested in how your project will develop the songwriters and composers involved. We are committed to supporting UK based songwriters and composers of all backgrounds
  3. To inspire audiences
    You will be asked to outline who you are reaching and how. This includes audiences at a local, regional, national or international level

The main reasons applications are not selected to proceed to Stage 2 are eligibility and extremely high levels of competition. Roughly 15-20% of applications progressed to Stage 2 in 2015.

To make sure your application is eligible see our The Open Fund Criteria page.

For tips on how to make your application stand out, please visit our FAQ and Tips page written by grantees, staff and advisors.

Stage 2

Successful Stage 1 applications are invited to progress to Stage 2, for which you will have 2-3 weeks to prepare.

Here you will be asked to provide further information on how your project fits with our funding priorities, focussing on the way your project is developing the music creators, long-term plans and audiences. Existing Stage 1 answers will automatically be carried across to your Stage 2 application, with an opportunity to update and add further information.

You have the option to submit another example of music at this stage. We will also request a budget using our online template. If you’re applying as an Organisation, we may ask that you send us a balance sheet or bank statement.