The Alan Surtees Trust, established in memory of Alan Surtees, the co-founder and director of the Shrewsbury Folk Festival, is inviting grants for musicians, singers, dancers, artists, and performers in the folk arts from any culture. The trust aims to support individuals aged 16 to 30 who demonstrate exceptional skill and promise in their field and are influenced by folk or traditional music and arts.

These grants can be used for various purposes such as purchasing new instruments and equipment, covering recording costs, receiving mentoring, or supporting personal development. Previous recipients, like Maddie Morris, have used the funding to record and produce their own music, with some even going on to win prestigious awards such as the BBC Young Folk Award.

Chair of the trust, Dave Cowing, emphasizes the importance of supporting diverse backgrounds and traditional cultures. The trust aims to continue Alan’s legacy by providing a platform for young performers and assisting them in progressing their careers. For example, one recipient used the grant to explore the relationship between English folk songs and Caribbean and Black American musical traditions.

Applicants must be between 16 and 30 years old, live in the UK, and not already have significant financial backing. The grants, totaling up to £2,000 per person, can be used for various purposes such as mentoring, hiring rehearsal space, purchasing equipment, recording albums, or supporting promotional activities. The application deadline is Tuesday, April 30, and successful candidates will be announced in June.

If you are a musician, singer, dancer, artist, or performer in the folk arts, you can find the full application criteria and apply on the Alan Surtees Trust website. Don’t miss this opportunity to receive support for your artistic endeavors.

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