Music News: LIMF looking for young talent

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Liverpool International Music Festival has launched its 2015 Academy Programme offering financial help, mentoring and media exposure to young, unsigned talent aged 13-21.

The programme launched in collaboration with the Liverpool International Music Festival, offers a host of workshops and master classes. Applicants will have the opportunity to improve skills in singing, songwriting, DJ’ing and producing. Bursaries will also be available to selected finalists, provided by the PRSFoundation.

Music curator of the festival Yaw Owusu says, “A vital element of Liverpool International Music Festival is about nurturing upcoming, young talent from the local area – and that’s why we launched the LIMF Academy.”

Owusu describes the opportunity as “once-in-a-lifetime.”

Following the 30 May deadline, 20 finalists will be chosen in June. Finalists will have the chance to perform at the Liverpool International Music Academy Stage over the August bank holiday weekend.

Three finalists will then be picked to take part in the Elite Masterclass Programme.

Judges will include key industry players such as BBC presenter Dave Monks and Grammy Award Winner Steve Levine. Monks says, “I’m very excited to be involved with the LIMF Rising Stars. It’s a fantastic opportunity for any musician in Merseyside who wants to get involved in the music industry and take that next big step. We’re looking for people with true talent and enormous passion for what they do – people who can take to the stage at Liverpool International Music Festival and make the public sit up and take note. I can’t wait to see who our finalists turn out to be!”

Finalists will have the chance to perform on Dave Monks’s BBC Introducing Show. Previous winners include Luke Casato, The Visitors and Little Grace who have played at regional festivals, received year-round career mentoring, photo-shoots and media coverage.

Applications close on 30 May 2015. You can apply here

Liverpool International Music Festival will also run from 27-31 August.

Kate Pledger

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