Young Milton Keynes musicians encouraged to apply for bursary scheme

Two bursaries, each worth £1,500, and a programme of professional mentoring are being made available to help further the career paths of two young, talented Milton Keynes-based musicians or bands.

The winners of the two bursaries will each be able to use their £1,500 award for training, equipment, recording, marketing, promotion or touring.  The mentoring programme will be managed by The Stables in Milton Keynes and will include tailored insights into the music industry.  Areas to be covered will include informal and formal training plus advice on how to secure paid gigs, develop a fan base and earn money from writing, recording and performing music.

The bursary scheme, called Fresh Sounds, has been made possible by Milton Keynes Community Foundation and The Wavendon Foundation, and is being managed by The Stables.

MK-based musician and rising talent Manny Ademolu, who performs as Manny and the Coloured Sky, said: “Fresh Sounds is a great opportunity for young MK musicians. When you are starting out as a performer and you are trying to grow as a musician, you also have to learn your way around the business as well. It’s hard to do on your own so this is an amazing opportunity to get some support. I hope lots of up-and-coming young MK musicians will go for it.”

Graeme Surtees, Head of Learning and Participation at The Stables, commented: “Milton Keynes is home to an amazing array of brilliant, young musical talent and we look forward to hearing from as wide a cross-section of the city’s musical scene as possible.  Our thanks go to both MK Community and Wavendon Foundations for supporting these awards.”

Applications are open to singers, songwriters, instrumentalists, bands and producers aged between 16 and 25 from any genre of music, who live in the unitary authority of Milton Keynes and who are ready to take their music career to the next stage.

Full details of Fresh Sounds can be found at www.stables.org/freshsounds. The closing date for applications is Monday 7 March 2022.

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