We are excited to announce Digital: Connect – supporting our community of Disabled musicians during the Coronavirus crisis.
We know that musicians have faced an enormous amount of uncertainty during the pandemic, with live gigs and income streams effectively being cancelled.
Loss of opportunity has affected musicians at every level of the industry, from people not being able to even start out when leaving school, through to professional musicians having tours cancelled.
This is also doubly-difficult for Disabled musicians for whom there are already fewer opportunities and pathways in the music industry.
We want to try and address some of those issues and provide new digital support for our community of Disabled artists, so we have developed Digital:Connect.
There are 3 elements to it:
- Funding feedback
- Music industry webinars
- Small bursaries for Asian, Black and ethnically diverse artists
This programme is open to Disabled musicians. We use that as a pan-impairment term and invite anyone who identifies as Disabled, Deaf, Neurodivergent or Visually Impaired to be part of Digital: Connect. It is also open to any genre and level of experience. Access will be built in throughout.
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The Digital:Connect project is being managed by DM creative facilitator, Abigail Ward.
Funding from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund, along with the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and the Garrick Charitable Trust, has helped us to create Digital:Connect.