The Lord Mayor of London has set up a new fund to provide support to musicians at the start of their professional careers.
The City Music Foundation was launched on 23 May and marked by a performance of Beethoven’s ninth symphony at St Paul’s Cathedral. It will offer financial support through monetary awards to individuals or groups in classical, jazz, traditional folk or world music genres.
The Lord Mayor, Roger Gifford, hopes the foundation will give talented musicians a platform to access a new generation of audiences and aims to equip each musician with the tools they need to promote themselves to a wider audience and support themselves financially through music.
In addition to financial support, recipients will be mentored by distinguished artists in their field, benefit from performance opportunities over a two year period and receive marketing and PR support.
Artists are invited to submit an application from which a select few will be put through an audition process.
For more information, visit www.citymusicfoundation.org