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Keep an eye out for our next round of applications coming in Autumn 2024.

Supporting Greater Manchester

Every year we support ten extraordinary people working in music, whether you’re a musician, technician, label or creative in Greater Manchester.

We're particularly interested in supporting the development of people under-represented in the sector.  If you would like to meet more of our previous Factory Sounds artists see here.

How it works

We’re offering financial support of up to £1,000 for anyone based in Greater Manchester who’s creating something brilliant in music, whether as professional or amateur musicians, 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. Or you might just need to buy some equipment.

Successful applicants will receive peer to peer support through regular meetings with your Factory Sounds cohorts, connect to specialist members of the Factory International team to help support your artistic development, alongside opportunities to participate in specialist industry sessions and creative opportunities plus £1,000 to support your creative development.  


Factory Sounds 2024

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Get to know the next brilliant cohort of Factory Sounds musicians who will be developing their skills in 2024.

Factory Sessions

Explore our Factory Sessions featuring alumni of the Factory Sounds programme and get to know the artists.

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