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Grants of £2,500 are available from the NextGen Fund for talented young people in the UK looking to develop their music industry careers and shape the future of the music business.

TikTok has lent its support to the Youth Music NextGen Fund, partnering with the charity who offer grants to young people in the UK just setting out working in the music business.

Are you aged 18-25 and looking to get started in the music industry? Have a look at the NextGen Fund. Young people can access grants of up to £2,500 via Youth Music, a national charity who invest in grassroots projects in the UK. Under 30s who identify as disabled can also apply. The fund helps young people develop a project in the music industry, such as an EP release or setting up a record label.

Musicians, producers, managers, songwriters, agents and campaigners, who are trying to get moving in the music industry, can apply for a grant. Creative and entrepreneurial young people who don’t have access to finances or bigger funding opportunities like PRS, or who are from under-represented backgrounds, are encouraged to apply. And those who’ve never applied for funding before are especially urged to get in touch.

Matthew Harris, Head of CSR & TikTok For Good in Europe, said: “It’s been a difficult year for many in music and as a partner to the industry, we want to help those starting out to take their careers to the next level. There is an entire generation of untapped diverse creative talent across the music industry in the UK. We see it every day on TikTok – brilliant creators and musicians sparking new trends and bringing together video and music.

“We are wholeheartedly committed to providing a platform for creative expression where talented individuals are given the opportunity to flourish, and we can’t wait to work more closely with Youth Music to help make that a reality for young people across the UK.”

The inventive nature of TikTok’s userbase makes the company a natural fit for supporting the fund, as does it’s young userbase. The NextGen Fund is also supported by People’s Postcode Lottery and the National Lottery.

To find out more head here – the deadline for Round 1 is Friday 9 July 2021.