Welcome to YCAT’s 21cMusician toolkit: a series of interviews, tutorials, videos, blogs and live events, each with a different monthly focus, to help kickstart your career as a musician.

1. Event: Funding focus talk and Q&A with Manchester Collective 

3. Blog: Prepare a project budget in five simple steps  

4. Online tutorial: Developing a Music Business Plan with iCadenza


Drawing on their extensive experience of raising money for creative projects, Adam Szabo (Chief Executive) and Linda Begbie (Development Director) from Manchester Collective lead a special session on fundraising.  

The session will cover topics including: 

  • who to approach for funding 
  • advice and no-nos for writing a successful project funding application
  • reflections on Manchester Collective's own experiences
  • nurturing individual donors
  • innovative approaches to fundraising

When: Tuesday 15 June, 3 - 4.30 pm UK time

Where: Zoom 

Cost: Free!

Find out more and register

Five simple steps to preparing a project budget

When planning a project and applying for funding, a clear proposal and realistic budget is a must.

Put the fun back into funding applications by following our stress-free guide to budgeting.

Developing a Music Business Plan

21cMusician online micro-course in partnership with iCadenza

YCAT is delighted to share an exclusive online microcourse by concert pianist, educator, and entrepreneur, Fabiana Claure. Created for iCadenza and available for a limited time in our 21cMusician toolkit, this is an informative and practical guide to putting together a business plan from scratch.


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