BBC Performing Arts Fund awards £190,000 under music fellowship scheme

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Birmingham Royal Ballet and English Touring Opera are among the organisations that have been awarded funding to host a music fellow, as part of an initiative launched by the BBC Performing Arts Fund.

The PAF’s Music Fellowship scheme, funded through money raised by phone voting on The Voice, invited organisations to apply for funding to employ a fellow. The scheme aims to give the fellows the chance to “work under the guidance of professional mentors to develop their skills, showcase their work and experience the reality of working in the music industry”.

A total of £190,000 has been awarded to 19 successful companies that applied to the fund.

These include Birmingham Royal Ballet, which will mentor James Ham as a ballet conductor, and ETC, which will use its money to support Carlos del Cueto as an assistant conductor.

Other successful organisations include the National Youth Choir of Scotland, which will use its funding to host a choral conductor, and Cheltenham Music Festival, which will hire Alex Wilson to produce a new Composer Academy.

BBC PAF director Miriam O’Keeffe said: “We are delighted that the money raised through The Voice will be used to support the next generation of musical talent.”