All Hands On Deck and Swing Ting’s Balraj Samrai among names selected for MIF Sounds scheme

All Hands On Deck © Nell Whittaker

The new scheme from MIF looks to support collectives, musicians and artists from Manchester’s local music scene during the pandemic.

Manchester International Festival (MIF) has announced the artists selected for support through its new MIF Sounds scheme.

MIF Sounds was launched with an aim to help musicians and members of Manchester’s music scene during the coronavirus pandemic and offer support so they can continue in their craft and keep creating. Successful applicants are to receive £1,000 from MIF plus advice and guidance in areas such as production, PR & marketing and licensing.

Swing Ting‘s Balraj Samrai, DJ collective All Hands On Deck and band Loose Articles are among those selected. They’ll be producing a new piece of music in response to COVID-19, running digital production workshops for 25 women, non-binary and trans musicians and recording and releasing a new EP, respectively. Elsewhere, the likes of Farah Ahmad, Hurguf, OneDa, Jacob Connor and more were also successful and set to receive support.

Jane Beese, MIF’s Head of Music, said, “We are all conscious of the devastating effects that the pandemic is having across the creative sector. With the closure of music venues and rehearsal studios in Greater Manchester, this support will help those in our community continue to create and pursue projects that have been put on hold by COVID-19.

We were completely overwhelmed with the number of applications and the breadth of talent that they represented and are really excited to reveal our successful applicants today. We are also very grateful to one of MIF’s donors whose generous support means we were able to include an additional project in the scheme.”

We look forward to working with the wider music sector over the coming months and years as we move towards the next Manchester International Festival in July 2021 and the opening of The Factory.”

You can find out more about MIF Sounds here.