Creative Minds funding launched to support Kirklees Year of Music 2023


A new funding opportunity has been launched to support projects as part of Kirklees Year of Music 2023 (KYOM23) by our linked charity Creative Minds, alongside Locala and hoot creative arts.

Organisations can apply for up to £5,000 as part of the new initiative (max of £1,000 for small, constituted groups) and all applications must identify match funding as part of their application.

The opportunity is for projects which will support the upcoming KYOM23 programme, led by Kirklees Council. Through investment in the district’s diverse music talent, communities and businesses, the year-long programme of major events and ongoing initiatives will strengthen the music sector in Kirklees.

The focus for projects is one of Kirklees Year of Music 2023’s core themes: “I FEEL GOOD!” Making music makes you feel good. Listening to music is great for your mood. Music improves your mental health and brings people together.

Creative Minds are leading the small-grants award process and focusing on developing creative activities in partnership with community organisations that use music to help improve the health and wellbeing of people. The Creative Minds programme will enable both voluntary/ third sector organisations and smaller community and peer-led groups to deliver a variety of creative initiatives.

Alex Feather, Creative Minds co-ordinator commented: “Creative Minds is really looking forward to Kirklees Year of Music 2023. Over the past 10 years, we have worked with many organisations to create wonderful music-related initiatives for people to be involved with and 2023 gives us a great opportunity to be using the power of music for wellbeing and joy. So let’s crank up the music medicine.”

For funding and application criteria, and to submit your application, visit:

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Monday 19 September 2022.

Creative Minds funding launched to support Kirklees Year of Music 2023

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