Digital:Connect Bursaries – Financial support for Asian, Black and ethnically diverse Disabled musicians


Get Supported: Small Bursaries

We are excited to announce that, as part of the Digital:Connect programme, we are making 4 micro-bursaries of £500 available for Black, Asian and ethnically diverse artists to develop their creative/musical practice.

What are the busaries for?

Our Digital:Connect small bursaries can be spent on something that helps you to grow as a musician. This can be anything that helps reduce your barriers to music-making.

Some examples could be:

  • new software or technology
  • mentoring sessions
  • captioning software for online meetings
  • music stands for your kit
  • attending a conference, training or networking

We do not expect a specific output from this bursary. You do not need to produce a piece of music or a performance, unless this is something you want to achieve.

Instead, we would like to find out what difference the bursary has made for you. This could be done in writing, drawing, photography, audio recording, a vlog – whatever feels manageable, accessible and appropriate to you.

Bursary benefits

  • £500 to spend on developing your musical practice
  • Creative facilitation from DM’s Abigail Ward
  • Promotion of your work through DM’s networks
  • Access to DM’s music industry webinars and funding feedback service

We know that applying for opportunities takes time and we want to be clear that every application will receive careful consideration. Everyone who applies will receive some feedback on their application, if they would like it.

Who Can Apply?

The application process is open to Black, Asian and ethnically diverse musicians who identify as Disabled. This is a pan-impairment term which we use to include Deaf, Neurodivergent, Visually Impaired and/or Disabled people.

We use ‘Musician’ as a global term to cover any artists who create original music/sound. This includes all ways of making music and all genres.

We welcome applications from musicians and also from people who are trying to start a journey in music, but are struggling to do so, due to barriers faced.


Deadline for applications: Thursday 7th January 2021
Successful applicants announced: Thurs 14th Jan 2021

How to apply

DM’s decision-making panel will be looking to support musicians who can demonstrate innovative ideas for creating new work, and an obvious passion for music.

You do not need a proven track-record as a musician, but you do need to show us that you have thought carefully about why you are applying, and what you want to spend the bursary on.

Apply using one of the following formats:

  • In writing (up to 500 words per section)
  • Video clip (up to 3 minutes per section)
  • Audio clip (up to 3 minutes per section)

Please tell us:

1.) A bit about yourself, for example:

  • Who are you and what are you into?
  • Where do your passions lie musically?
  • What creative experiences have you enjoyed in life?
  • What music-making opportunities have you had so far, and what have you enjoyed about them?

2.) Why you are applying for this bursary.

3.) What you will spend the bursary on.

Please also send:

  • 1 example of any previous work (if you have any). This can be a rough sketch of a track, or an early idea.

Support and Access

Drake Music will provide a creative facilitator and additional support from the wider DM team. Access support will be provided in discussion with the successful applicants.

If you require Drake Music to make any reasonable adjustments to the proposal process, please do get in touch to discuss. Please be aware that Abigail works part time.

Contact & Deadline:

Deadline: 12pm, Thursday 7th January 2021

Black background, circles of rainbow coloured light and the DM logo

The Digital:Connect project is 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

Image: Tyler Lastovich

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