I spent a fascinating few days at the London headquarters of Help Musicians UK interviewing emerging artists. Help Musicians UK support artists in a variety of ways, from starting out through to retirement, and commissioned a film for their away day for staff to hear from musicians across a range of disciplines. From jazz and classical, to folk and pop, it was clear that talent and drive were necessary for success, but in order to succeed ,they also required support in many forms to navigate the music industry.
This is only snippets of the conversations we had, but I was left humbled and impressed by the sheer talent and determination from these individuals, and look forward to hearing more from them in the future.Douglas Dare: singer / songwriter / musician (pop) – currently approaching 2nd album release
JJ Wheeler: musician and composer (jazz drums) – currently gigging and composing
Anna Lena Bruland / EERA: singer / songwriter / musician (pop) – currently approaching 1st EP release
Fabian Holland: singer / songwriter / musician (folk) – currently writing 2nd album
Henry Spencer: musician and composer (jazz trumpet) – currently approaching release of 1st album
Elliot Morris: singer / songwriter / musician (folk) – currently working on 1st album
Jaymee Coonjobeeharry – musician (classical flute) – currently postgrad student
Claire Newton: musician (classical viola) – currently auditioning for orchestras
You can watch the film here.