Apply for a Superfused Music Business Grant at MDDI and DRIVA

Learn how digital data can power your music business. If you’re an eligible business, freelancer or sole trader you can go on to apply for grant funding of up to £20,000 for music data projects at mddi.co.uk, in the Coast2Capital Economic Development area, funded by Superfused Collaboration Awards.

If you’re a music business or freelancer you may be eligible to apply. For more information and to start the application process visit https://mddi.co.uk and click “unlock session access”.

DRIVA (Digital Research & Innovation Value Accelerator) is a £1.3m University of Brighton research project funded by the European Structural Investment Fund and Arts Council England that aims to provide technology SMEs, creative arts practitioners and cultural organisations supported and authorised access to Gatwick Airport’s big data.

DRIVA Arts DRIVA provides access to Gatwick Airport’s live data feed, coupled with seed-funding, training and production support for businesses which seek to release and capture value² from data through the ‘super-fusion’ of creativity, technology and business.

This provides a valuable and relevant opportunity for business to adapt using data in the current environment, using data to forecast, story tell and innovate with data for survival to create new income streams, add value to existing offerings and to augment product and service portfolios.

The next round of Superfused Collaboration Awards is designed to support businesses and creative arts practitioners to leverage value from data and through the superfusion of technology and creative arts.

DRIVA Arts DRIVA are inviting proposals that include utilising the Gatwick data feed, or enable innovation through data.

Grants between £1k-5k are available for:

  • Equipment (e.g. laptops, computer hardware, materials, skills training
  • 1-2-1 specialist business support
  • Software and subscriptions (including industry memberships, and data sets access)
  • Development tools

In addition, projects that can utilise the Gatwick data feed, or be informed or inspired by the data, can bid for funding of up to £10k (and exceptionally £20k) to develop their collaborative projects to prototype, MVP or demo/ work in progress stage. The grant cannot be used to fund staff time.

The Proposal must be:

  • Be led by an eligible SME
  • Be members of the www.drivaartsdriva.com platform with a completed profile and a minimum of 12 credits
  • Evidence a clear business need and anticipated benefits
  • Be able to demonstrate legal compliance

Please note that organisations accessing the Gatwick data provided through www.drivaartsdriva.com will have the company information they have The DRIVA Arts DRIVA project is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (under agreement 04R16P00007) and part-funded by the Arts Council England’s Creative Local Growth programme.

DRIVA arts DRIVA is the Digital Research and Innovation Value Accelerator and aims to supports creatives, technologists and entrepreneurs to collaborate and release value from data by creating new products, services and experiences for the open market. It does this through a programme of speakers, training events and exhibitions, access to university enterprise support, academic expertise and facilities and through an innovation platform that helps you identify collaborators, funding and resources. It also provides access to Gatwick’s big data as a focus and locus for place-based innovation using data, ‘Internet Of Place’. It is a £1.3m research project led by the University of Brighton and funded by the European Structural Investment Fund and Arts Council England.

Value is defined as economic, cultural or social impacts deriving from provision of a product, service or experience.

Eligible SMEs are trading entities, which:

  • Employ fewer than 250 people
  • Have an annual turnover not exceeding €50 million or a balance sheet not exceeding €43 million
  • Are not engaged in a restricted sector according to the state aid regulations and ERDF requirements. Sectors that are not eligible are: Fishery and Aquaculture; Agriculture; Coal, Steel and Shipbuilding; Synthetic Fibres; Education; Banking and Insurance;
  • Have received less than €200,000 in public grants over three years (GBER Article 28)
  • Sole traders and not-for-profit organisations and charities do qualify as long as they meet the SME definitions and restrictions above.

Through www.drivaartsdriva.com credits are earned through participating in DRIVA events, training, workshops and taking part in 1-2-1 sessions with the DRIVA team or organising peer meetings directly through the www.drivaartsdriva.com platform. One credit represents 1 hour of contact time with the project.


1st September 2020 Awards open
29th October 2020 Awards deadline

Booking 1-2-1s with Business Development team is available throughout the funding window.

The DRIVA Arts DRIVA project is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (under agreement
04R16P00007) and part-funded by the Arts Council England’s Creative Local Growth programme.

Awards must be spent by the 31st December 2020 and evidence of spend provided to the DRIVA team by 31st Jan 2021.

Application Process

Contact: DRIVA@brighton.ac.uk for an application form.

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