Despite the easing of COVID-19 restrictions this summer, the British music and nightlife industries are still in turmoil thanks to a lack of support from the government. In response to this, last year menswear designer Nicholas Daley and British subculture brand Fred Perry teamed up to create a music grant offering one winning artist or band a recording masterclass with Metropolis Studios in London. Cosmic soul singer aden won the grant in November 2020. 'The musician (and artist in general) lives an astoundingly precarious life; this held true before the pandemic, and it has only been intensified throughout this year,' she said upon victory.
This year, the grant is back in full swing. The winner will again receive a two-day masterclass with Metropolis Studios, brand and campaign management and more. 'Music is the unifying force between our brands and plays a key role in each collaboration collection. That is why during a time when the music industry is under great threat we decided to pull together and offer the music grant to support the next generation of musicians here in the UK,' said Daley. Five industry experts whom Daley picked will judge the entries: musicians Nilufer Yanya, Nubya Garcia, DJs Bradley Zero and Gilles Peterson, and music writer Tara Joshi.
Daley and Fred Perry have also continued their clothing collaboration with Q3, which focuses on roots reggae legend Peter Tosh while highlighting the synergy between music and martial arts during the 1970s.
Entries will be accepted from unsigned, UK-based artists from Thursday 15th July to Thursday 5th August 2021.