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FAC launches Step Up Fund for emerging artists

By | Published on Thursday 25 November 2021

Featured Artists Coalition

The Featured Artists Coalition has announced a new Step Up Fund, which will provide financial support as well as other benefits to ten emerging artists.

Backed by Amazon Music, the fund aims to support artists at a stage in their careers that often proves financially challenging – even more so now as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. To be eligible, artists must be based in the UK and aged sixteen or over. They must have released three songs in the last year, with a minimum of 10,000 streams per track, and have no deal in place with a record label.

Any act that meets those criteria can apply for funding to support any aspect of their career in music. Each of those selected will receive a grant of £8000. In addition to this, they will get a year’s free membership of the FAC, plus support from Amazon Music, including a three day recording, mixing and mastering package at Metropolis Studios.

“I am delighted to launch the FAC Step Up Fund supported by Amazon Music”, says FAC CEO David Martin. “Even in the best of times, developing a successful artist career is incredibly challenging in a rapidly changing and competitive landscape”.

“The FAC exists to represent the artist community within the music industry and more widely across society”, he adds. “Step Up is a natural expansion of our role, as we look to provide further assistance to artists at a critical point in their journey. With the generous support of our partners, Amazon Music, I look forward to the FAC playing its part in the elevation of the next generation of UK talent”.

Patrick Clifton, Head Of Music UK at Amazon Music, adds: “We are THRILLED to partner with the FAC to create the FAC Step Up Fund, which will provide up to ten up artists with much needed financial and industry support. The past eighteen months have been particularly challenging for up and coming artists and we’re looking forward to working with the team at FAC to support them as they progress to the next stage in their careers”.

Applications open on 30 Nov and will close on 17 Dec. Find out more here.