Here at GigRadar we’re all about promoting new bands and new music, and encouraging people to support ‘grassroots’ music. We’ve interviewed so many bands over the last 18 months or so bemoaning how hard it is to make a living in music, and we’re always looking for ways to help them.
So it was music to our ears this morning to hear that live music hub MusicPlanetLive is ploughing £1 million-worth of incentives and grants into support emerging UK artists and promoters.
Over the next six months, MusicPlanetLive will be pledging funds of up to £5,000 each to artists, projects and events across the UK. In addition to the grants, the site is designed to help artists, venues and promoters of all levels to generate income through various means.
MusicPlanetLive has already sponsored a wide range of shows and provided funding fo emerging artists like our buddies in Chapter and Verse, Lotus Eater and Big Beat Manifesto. And this announcement affirms its commitment to supporting live music and the next generation of talent, which is amazing news.
On the announcement, MusicPlanetLive said: “We are funding proactive emerging acts of all genres who have the drive, determination and passion to promote their music and not expect everything on a plate. We want to see more people at more shows and keep live music thriving from grassroots venues to the biggest arenas.
“We’re also providing finance for hard-working promoters to help them put on the shows they want. We want these shows to happen, we want the venues paid, the artists paid and as such we want to help cover costs, so promoters can afford to put on a show risk-free. We’re finding huge support from many artists who believe in what we are doing, we all share the same passion, and the more people using the site’s features, the better it works for all.
“We want to create a live music platform that works for all artists and everyone in the industry, this is our mission and commitment. This is NOT just another new social platform – it’s a complete working tool for the entire live music industry, and we’re just getting started. Designed with the music world in mind, this will be the best way for artists to grow fan base, reach audiences for free and the opportunity to make income on a regular basis.”
Last week saw the official launch of NuuRadio, the site’s in-built user-generated interactive radio station which features artist takeover shows, industry news and more.
Featured artist shows have so far included Opeth, Employed to Serve, Northlane and Wednesday 13, as well as Grammy award-winning Sting producer Kipper Eldridge.
This cause couldn’t be closer to our hearts, so get out there to support your local bands, see them play live and buy their merch.