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Drake YolanDa Award to provide £3000 funding to ten artists, deadline for entries is Friday

By | Published on Wednesday 13 October 2021

James JP Drake & YolanDa Brown

The deadline is looming for the Drake YolanDa Award, a funding scheme for emerging artists headed up by entrepreneur/philanthropist James JP Drake and saxophonist/broadcaster YolanDa Brown.

The scheme seeks to provide funding to independent artists to help them with upcoming projects that will develop their careers, which might include recording new music or videos, touring activity, a branding or marketing project, or purchasing new equipment. Ten musicians will receive £3000 each, with another ten getting £500. Applicants are encouraged from all genres.

Launching this year’s programme last month, Brown said: “We are incredibly excited to be launching the 2021 Drake YolanDa Award after the most challenging few months with the global pandemic, artists need support now more than ever. James and I strongly believe that money should not be an obstacle for pursuing your dreams and we want to provide a platform that will hopefully become the beginning for many success stories”.

The deadline for entering is this Friday, 15 Oct. Interested artists need to fill out a form and submit some music here.