Last Few Days to Apply For Project Live, Finding New Urban Talent Within Leicestershire.
Singers and rappers from Leicester and Leicestershire are being given the opportunity to apply to a professional development and performance programme. Run by 2Funky Arts and Musical Director Carol Leeming, Project LIVE will provide guidance for eight emerging urban artists in developing new material and raising their profile. They will learn more about the music industry, rehearse with professional artists, perform as part of a high profile showcase and record new tracks for a compilation. Project LIVE will focus on artists who work primarily in music of Black origin, including soul, R&B, jazz, funk, gospel, grime, hip hop, Afro beats and reggae. The initiative is now on its third round, following two highly successful previous programmes.
2Funky Arts Director Vijay Mistry says:
“This is an amazing opportunity for new artists to receive guidance, hone their craft and raise their profile. Outside of London, there are few opportunities for emerging artists to gain exposure, and we hope that this project will highlight the wealth of talent Leicester has to offer.”
Singers, rappers and musicians will apply for the opportunity, and those shortlisted will be interviewed by a professional panel, including Carol Leeming, Vijay Mistry, Mellow Baku and DJ Yess. Applicants must be over 18, unsigned and from Leicester or Leicestershire. The project is £50 (for working people) and free for those in receipt of Universal Credit.
To apply, please contact Vijay Mistry on [email protected] The deadline for applications is 31 July 2017. Please note, this opportunity will be repeated next year.
The programme hopes to increase the potential for artists to become signed, boost their income from performances, gain management and improve their networks. We will also help them to secure live bookings, across the region, following the course.
The eight artists selected will take part in weekly sessions (Mondays or Tuesdays), at 2Funky Music Café, Leicester, between September 2017 and February 2018. Workshops will culminate in a showcase at the same venue and be followed by a period of mentoring to encourage further progression. Music Industry partners include ILUVLIVE, Punch Records, Baby People and Muzik Management.
Supported using public funding by Arts Council England.