Music platform Boiler Room has announced a new grant scheme series which is set to help support club and underground culture.
The ‘Broadcast Lab’ grant scheme aims to ‘encourage the ways we interact and commune online’. The grant scheme will allow applicants to submit plans for a music-focused live stream event, and those chosen will receive financial funding to the tune of £7,500 as well as in-kind support from industry professionals and Boiler Room.
Boiler Room Creative Director Amar Ediriwira told CULTED that the pandemic has “brutally exposed that the existing infrastructure only works for a handful of commercial DJs and major musicians”. Amar believes that Boiler Room “has an important role in helping to build a more equitable ecosystem that supports artists in years to come”.
‘Broadcast Lab’ allows for a wide scope of applications, whether it be a hybrid physical/digital event (respect Covid guidelines of course) or through an entirely virtual production. Amar said that he hopes to see “projects that develop community, artistic practice and innovation”.
For the grant scheme, Boiler Room has chosen a panel of high-profile creatives to judge the applications, including Ben UFO, Mat Dryhurst, Lil C and Club Q. Speaking of the selection of judges, Amar said “The idea was to bring together a panel that together represents the breadth of Boiler Room, from the original lo-fi webcam streams right through to our genre-diverse, multi-format broadcasts today”.
Applications for Broadcast Lab are now open and will run until March 24. The winner will then be announced on March 31 2021. Hit this link to apply.