▪ hcmf// has launched a COVID-19 fundraising campaign to provide five £1,000 commissions for UK-based artists affected by the COVID-19 crisis https://hcmf.co.uk/campaigns/covid-19-fund/ 

▪ hcmf// is one of 49 pioneering organisations around the country to be supported by the PRS Foundation as a Talent Development Partner for 2020/2021. The PRS Foundation is the UK’s leading charitable funder of new music and talent development. https://hcmf.co.uk/hcmf-is-a-prs-foundation-talent-development-partner-for-2020/

▪ hcmf// Young Curators’ Programme is supporting five Kirklees-based curators in taking their next career steps, developing talent and leadership amongst the music programmers, promoters and curators of the futurehttps://hcmf.co.uk/young-curators/. Drawn from diverse backgrounds and genres, the participants include Jake Burdass, founder of Huddersfield venue and studio community hub, BASSment. His story is told in the first of a series of Young Curator profiles https://hcmf.co.uk/jake-burdass-young-curator/

▪ hcmf// has partnered with Yorkshire Sound Women Network (YSWN) and the Centre for Research in New Music (CeReNeM) at the University of Huddersfield to create Sound Pioneers, a project offering residencies to create a new piece of music which will be performed at a future edition of the festival https://hcmf.co.uk/sound-pioneers/

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hcmf//’s COVID-19 Commissioning Fund

In response to the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on music creators’ livelihoods, hcmf// has launched a Commissioning Fund campaign and an open call, with the aim of providing five UK-based artists with a £1,000 commission for a 15-minute work to be presented at a future edition of the festival.
As a result of the current pandemic, music creators have come up against an unprecedented roadblock: where they would usually be out workshopping projects with their collaborators, seeing their work performed and perhaps even toured, they’re now at home, wondering when their music will be heard again.
Through a new round of commissions, hcmf// is seeking to establish immediate paid opportunities for music creators, so that they can continue working, and earning, while securing a commitment that their work will appear at future events.
100% of donations will go directly to the selected artists. https://hcmf.co.uk/campaigns/covid-19-fund/

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hcmf// is one of 49 UK music organisations announced as PRS Foundation Talent Development Partners

PRS Foundation, the UK’s leading charitable funder of new music and talent development, has announced hcmf// as one of the 49 organisations around the country supported to be PRS Foundation Talent Development Partners for 2020/2021, in recognition of the significant efforts the festival makes in its support for and advocacy of music creators throughout their careers.

Launched in 2016 and expanding each year, this pioneering network of Talent Development Partners brings together organisations working at the frontline of talent development in the UK, supporting a broad range of artists across different music genres, career levels and UK regions.

The network – which includes venues, festivals, rehearsal spaces, studios and other talent development experts – reaches over 5,000 diverse and exciting songwriters, composers, artists, bands, ensembles and producers each year.

Organisations are selected because of the quality and range of opportunities on offer for music creators in their specialist field or region, the year-round impact of their work, and because of what they bring to the network.

Talent Development Partners receive a grant from the PRS Foundation for their year-round activity. They also work closely with each other and with the PRS Foundation to address talent pipeline gaps through joint work and signposting. Funded activities include composer and songwriter development workshops, residencies, recording and release support, commissioning new music, live programming, advice and mentoring. Hundreds of creators are already benefitting from the strategic partnership opportunities which have resulted from working together.

As a partner, hcmf// has demonstrated a commitment to providing a range of talent development opportunities to artists, as reflected in strands of work that include hcmf// shortsSound Pioneers and our Young Curators’ Programme. As part of these programmes, hcmf// engages with artists beyond their performance at the festival, providing an extensive mentoring programme that focuses on building skills within the music industry.