The BBC Performing Arts Fund is to make grants totalling £450,000 through two new schemes this year - Music Fellowships and Community Music.
The charity (formerly Fame Academy Bursary Trust) was set up in 2003 by the BBC. It aims to develop new performing arts talent from across the UK. It is funded through revenue from the voting lines of BBC One entertainment programmes such as Fame Academy, How Do you Solve A Problem Like Maria? and Over the Rainbow. The new Saturday night talen show The Voice will be raising money for the funds through phone voting.
The Community Music scheme will open this month and will award grants of up to £5,000 to grassroots music groups from across the UK, helping them to carry out training, attract new audiences, encourage new members and raise their profile in their community. It will also make grants of up to £10,000 to groups wishing to commission new music.
The Music Fellowships scheme will open for applications in August 2012. It is designed to support individuals through the early stages of their music careers, helping them to establish themselves in the professional world through bespoke placements within existing music organisations.
The BBC Performing Arts Fund has made grants of nearly £3.8 million in the past nine years.