2020 VF-UK Grant Scheme – Applications now open!

Dear friends,

The 2020 application process is now open for funding towards your a cappella projects and initiatives.

We believe the UK a cappella scene thrives when there is experimentation, co-creation and collaboration, and so we are pleased to once more invite applications for £500 of VF-UK funding for your projects in 2020. Applications must be made by 5pm on Saturday 29 February 2020 to receive funding for a 2020 project. Application criteria and process are detailed below.

Some of the applications received and projects supported in 2019 include:

1. A new Schools A Cappella Festival featuring showcases and performances and raising funds for the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability.
2. The launch of a new workshop series ‘Sound Stretch’ focused on improvisation, vocal technique and stagecraft for London-based members of SOUND.
3. Plans for a new a cappella festival to be launched in Warwick
4. A coming-of-age film about self belief and perseverance with a cappella as part of the storyline and key to the emotional and music backdrop

How do you apply in 2020?

Applications can be made by groups, institutions or individuals. The only stipulations are that it must meet one or more of the Voice Festival UK’s charitable aims:

1. Recruiting and supporting new participants: fostering the development of new school, university and community singers and groups

2. Developing new audiences: providing opportunities for new a cappella audiences to learn about and experience the art form

3. Supporting and educating existing participants: providing performance, competition, workshop, masterclass and networking opportunities for a cappella singers

4. Building UK A Cappella Communities: creating opportunities for new and existing a cappella singers to meet, collaborate, and share ideas

To apply, please submit a project proposal of up to 500 words to voice@thevoicefestival.co.uk outlining:

* Your objectives

* Who is involved, and their roles

* What you would plan to do and how it meets one of more of VF’s aims

* How you would measure your success

* Your timeframe

* Your budget, including specifying if the project were to be solely funded by VF, or whether other sources of funding were being sought

We are deligthed to play a small but supportive part towards new initiatives and projects springing up across the UK, and look forward to receiving your applications.

With best wishes,

Alexandra, Cherith and Simon

Voice Festival Director team


Meet Jes

Jes Sadler is an educator, singer and vocal percussionist from London, UK. He’s also one of our wonderful Patrons.

Jes spent nine years touring with a cappella group The Swingle Singers as Baritone and Vocal Percussionist, giving concerts in many of the world’s top venues, recording seven albums and serving as the group’s Technical Director.

Jes left Swingles in 2006 and became a founder member of ‘Beatbox Choir’ The Vocal Orchestra – a collective comprising some of the UK’s outstanding human beatboxers and vocalists. Founded by the beatboxer Shlomo, the ensemble’s debut performance was headlining the International Human Beatbox Convention at London’s South Bank Centre in 2007. Over the following years they played to thousands at The Big Chill and Glastonbury festivals, the South Bank Centre’s Chorus vocal festival and The Udderbelly and collaborated with artists as diverse as Jarvis Cocker, Ashley Walters, Mutya Buena, Cleveland Watkiss and Imogen Heap. 2010 saw Shlomo & The Vocal Orchestra take things to another level with the premiere performances of human beatbox musical ‘BOXED’ and the groundbreaking Concerto for Beatboxer and Orchestra by composer Anna Meredith.

An accomplished educator, Jes was Lead Tutor with Battersea Arts Centre’s pioneering project the BAC Beatbox Academy. This project continues to find and work with young people in South London by introducing them to beatboxing, enhancing their skills and developing their musicianship and collaborative abilities. Jes was also involved with the SPARK and Sing Up! UK education programmes, encouraging primary-aged children to find and experiment with their voices with his courses “My Voice – My Instrument” and “If You Can Speak, You Can Beatbox!”.
Since 2008, Jes has regularly led workshops for and judged the Voice Festival UK collegiate a cappella championships. He became a patron of Voice Festival UK in 2011.

Jes moved with his wife to Verona, Italy in 2012 and now works full-time teaching English to a wide range of learners using the Speak Your Mind method at the school’s headquarters in the centre of the city, as well as continuing to pursue various musical and spoken-word projects.

He is much in demand as a session vocalist for film, commercials and recordings and – being an ensemble specialist – Jes has performed with a number of other groups, the most recent and notable being a four-year stint in elite a cappella band The Magnets.

 

You can follow Jes on Twitter @thejesmeister

 

Why do you support the Voice Festival UK?

There is no better-organised, more enthusiastic, more professional, or more collegiate vocal competition in the world today as the annual Voice Festival Championships.  The love for vocal music is perfectly expressed through the dedication of the organisers and participants, the joy of the crowd, and the expansion of VF-UK into a beautiful support network for all those in the UK who love this thing called singing.