Webinar: Arts Council England’s Grassroots Music Project Grants

Join Relationship Manager, Tom Salmon to find out more about ACE's Grassroots Music Project Grants


July 19, 2024
Arts Council England's Grassroots Music Project Grants

Friday 19 July 2024

11 AM - 12 PM online via Zoom

Thinking of applying for Arts Council England's Grassroots Music Project Grants? Join us for a webinar with ACE Relationship Manager, Tom Salmon.

As part of the build-up to and delivery of the UK City of Culture in 2025, Bradford Producing Hub has teamed up with Bradford 2025 to deliver a series of webinars for Bradford artists and creatives who are interested in applying to Arts Council England, and other organisations, for funding.

For this fundraising webinar, Tom Salmon (he/him), Relationship Manager at Arts Council England, will be joining us online to tell us all about their Grassroots Music Project Grants. We’ll cover what the fund covers, the eligibility criteria, application process, and what access support is available for applicants pre and post-application – as well as other tips to help you make the most of your application.

What are Grassroots Music Project Grants?

The Arts Council England Supporting Grassroots Music programme is a time-limited priority within National Lottery Project Grants. You can apply to Project Grants: Supporting Grassroots Music for between £1,000 and £40,000, for projects up to three years in length. If you need to apply for more than £40,000, you can still apply to the main Project Grants programme for activity that delivers grassroots music activity.

This funding is available to

  • rehearsal and recording studios
  • festivals
  • promoters
  • venues for live and electronic music performance working at the grassroots of the music industry

The fund welcomes applications from those who work in all styles of music and genres including jazz, folk, diasporic or ‘world’ (for example South Asian, Latin American or African), classical and contemporary popular genres such as, but not limited to:

  • electronic (including house, electronica, drum & bass, amapiano, garage, techno, experimental)
  • hip-hop and grime
  • rap and drill
  • R&B and soul
  • afrobeats, dancehall, reggaeton
  • indie and alternative
  • metal and punk
  • pop

This isn’t an exhaustive list. Your programme might fit into one or more of these genres, or you might use different ways to describe the styles and genres you work with. All are welcome through Supporting Grassroots Music.

You can apply to Project Grants: Supporting Grassroots Music for a variety of types of projects that aim to support the grassroots music sector in England. Some examples of the types of activity supported include: 

  • Developing the resilience and sustainability of rehearsal and recording studios, festivals and venues
  • Festival showcasing networking and audience development
  • Artistic programming and audience development
  • Developing and platforming on- and off-stage talent
  • Improvements to buildings and infrastructure
  • Building work and purchasing equipment

For more information, take a look at the Supporting Grassroots Music information sheet.

To find out more about Arts Council England Project Grants, head to artscouncil.org.uk/ProjectGrants

Book your place at our Grassroots Music Project Grants webinar

Access information

This webinar will be delivered online via Zoom with opportunities to ask questions. We will be using closed captions as standard and a BSL interpreter can be provided on request. Ahead of the session, we will send supporting information and a copy of the slides. If you have any access needs that we need to take into consideration, please let us know in the booking form.

If you need to contact us directly you can email us at hello@bdproducinghub.co.uk.

Did you know you can request access support from Arts Council England to assist with your application for Project Grants? Head to our FAQ section below.


The session will not be recorded so please make every effort to attend the live webinar. We plan to deliver more sessions with Arts Council England and Bradford 2025 throughout the year.

If you can no longer attend the webinar, please email us at hello@bdproducinghub.co.uk as soon as possible to let us know.

Should you need it, Arts Council England can provide access support to help you with your application. To find out more head to artscouncil.org.uk/access-support

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