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Alan Surtees Trust open for funding applications

A trust that aims to support and enhance the career of young folk performers has opened its 2019 round of funding. Three awards of up to £1,000 each will be made to emerging musicians, dancers or singers by the Alan Surtees Trust, which was established in memory of the co-founder and director of Shrewsbury Folk Festival who died in June 2017.

Grants will be given to artists who show exceptional skill, talent and promise in their field and whose work is rooted in, or influenced by, folk and traditional music and arts. The funding can go towards a variety of uses included mentoring, new instruments and equipment, or recording a debut album.

The first round of funding in 2018 went to cellist Phoebe Jo Harty, who used the grant to attend music camps to be tutored by some of the world’s leading cello players in the folk genre; Anna Hughes, who bought a new violin to advance her playing career; and music student Louis Campbell, who purchased equipment including a microphone, pickup pre-amplifier and pickup to improve his live sound and the quality of home recordings.

Applicants for this year’s grants should be aged between 16 and 30 at the time of application. They must live in the UK and not already have significant financial backing. The closing date for applications is 26th April. Only successful candidates will be contacted and the three successful recipients will be announced in June.

alansurteestrust.org.uk