The charity works to support those in the music industry through health and welfare services, campaigning, creative programmes and targeted investment initiatives. It exists to advocate, educate and provide information around issues which affect musicians and the industry that surrounds them.
HMUK is already working in partnership with the Scottish music sector including Scottish Music Industry Association, 23rd Precinct, Cultural Enterprise Office, Expo North, Born To Be Wide and many more – with collaboration and partnership at the heart of the new operation. The charity already supports Scottish Music Centre (Glasgow) and Sound Festival (Aberdeenshire) through the National Grants Programme as well as individuals through a variety of bursaries for higher education, professional development and artist practice exploration.
Help Musicians has already collaborated on some incredible events in Scotland. In 2017 it was official charity partner of the prestigious Scottish Album of the Year Award and is delighted to be continuing that relationship in 2018. In April 2017, HMScotland offered 50 bursaries to Wide Days Music Convention attendees in Edinburgh and in May 2017 presented Be Charlotte in its HM is UK showcase at The Great Escape in Brighton. In October 2017, the charity launched the Fusion Fund enabling new and exciting creative collaborations for music makers working with other sectors in Scotland. In November 2017, the charity also supported 50 bursary places at RESONATE – Scotland’s newest music industry event.