The Delia Arts Foundation helps musicians fulfill their dreams. We do this through trainings and providing opportunities for talented musicians to be heard by a broader audience. Our goal is to help these rising stars take their talents to the next level and form full-time music careers.
While the music industry is well developed in certain areas of the world, our focus is in those regions, such as the Middle East, North Africa, and Eastern Europe, where even the most talented musicians struggle. There is simply very little infrastructure to support professional musicians – few studios, low-quality recordings, minimal performance opportunities, a lack of educational infrastructure, no performing rights organizations and zero visibility outside of their region. This leads to musicians having to support themselves through second jobs, ultimately abandoning their musical ambitions.
The Delia Arts Foundation is filling the funding gap.
We are giving musicians the knowledge and tools that will move them along the path from “talented amateurs” to “professional musicians”. Arts funders generally focus on providing music education to children and amateur musicians. In areas of the world with a thriving music industry, this model works well, because these talents have plenty of opportunities to move into the professional realm. In regions with little infrastructure, these artists need the support we’re providing to take that next step and reach their full potential.
We recognize that in certain geographic locations where we work, there are greater barriers for artists to be heard. In some cases artists are living in conflict zones, challenging geopolitical situations, or are from a region that is negatively stereotyped by the audience they’re trying to reach. We see music as a creative language that can connect people of diverse backgrounds and change negative perceptions. These barriers are not obstacles, but opportunities for these musicians to promote positive changes for themselves and their communities by sharing their talents and stories.
This is the best point in history to be a creative person. There are endless opportunities through the internet to connect with audiences and attract new listeners. Musicians don’t need a whole lot of money to get started and release their own music. But these opportunities are not accessible everywhere due to barriers such as language and technology skills. Through on-site trainings, competitions and performances, and social media exposure to an international audience, we will grow the power of these creative voices until everyone has the opportunity to be heard.