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Priti Shikotra at Rooted in Rhyme

MIF Sounds – our programme designed to support Manchester-based musicians and music creatives during the COVID-19 pandemic – is returning. This year, we are looking to provide further support to those working in music; so whether you’re a musician, technician, label or creative in Greater Manchester, we want to hear from you!

How it works

We’re offering financial support of up to £1,000 for anyone based in Greater Manchester who’s involved in music, whether as professional or amateur – musicians and DJs, producers and promoters, even label owners and managers. Simply send us a proposal mapping out why you’d like to receive financial support (details are below) and we’ll consider your pitch. Maybe you need help to make or complete a recording. Perhaps you’re a label wanting to promote some new releases. Maybe you’re looking for support to present a gig or live event. Or perhaps a little financial support will go a long way towards giving you the headspace just to make new music.

Successful applicants will receive peer-to-peer support through regular meetings with your MIF Sounds cohorts and members of the MIF Team, alongside opportunities to participate in workshops and talent development sessions – plus £1,000 to support your creative development.

"MIF Sounds gave me the space, drive and a wonderful sense of support to create something I am proud of"


"The backing from MIF Sounds enabled me to commit to work outside of my comfort zone. There was support, feedback and encouragement from the rest of the Sounds cohort and MIF team throughout the creative process"

Balraj Samrai, Swing Ting

How to apply

Please fill out the short application form. Once completed, please upload your pitch either in writing (up to 500 words) or as a video (up to two minutes) by 12 noon on Thursday 16 December. Your pitch should include details of:

  • Who you are, including links to your previous work
  • What you’d like to do and how you’d plan to do it
  • How you would spend or allocate your budget of up to £1,000 (a rough idea is fine; you don’t need to create a detailed budget at this point)
  • Any practical support you might need to fulfil your proposal
  • Your contact details, including your home postcode.

You must be at least 18 years of age and a resident in Greater Manchester.

We encourage proposals from people with specific access needs and are happy to help with both your application process and the work itself. For details and assistance, please email