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MERSEYSIDE ARTS FOUNDATION have been working tirelessly behind the scenes to support budding talent and offer artistic development to emerging musicians on Merseyside. Funded by Help Musicians UK and delivered in partnership with Liverpool Sound City, applications are now open to artists from any genre for Round Six of the development programme. The programme is designed to support the multifaceted aspects of the music industry, by offering services from invaluable studio time to tour subsidies and help with promotional and equipment costs. It has also proven to be a key part of some of the region’s recent breakout acts’ successes, with bands like Queen Zee, She Drew The Gun, The Vryll Society and Natalie McCool all benefiting from the programme, representing some of Liverpool’s most on-the-radar musicians over the past few years.

Claire Gevaux, the Creative Director of Help Musicians UK has highlighted how important it is to provide these opportunities for musicians on Merseyside: “As the leading independent music charity, HMUK supports artists and the music industry throughout their careers and lives. Our Creative Programme invests in innovation across artistic barriers that exist for many to sustain a professional music career across all genres, all backgrounds and geographic location. We are delighted to be supporting and enabling Merseyside Arts Foundation and Liverpool Sound City to develop and grow through our National Grants Programme, reflecting HMUK’s commitment to sustaining the sector and ensuring that there continues to be impactful opportunities for music makers across the UK.”

The crux of the application is demonstrating that you are at a key point in your trajectory as a musician: if you think you’re ready, find out more and register your interest in the programme by emailing music@merseysideartsfoundation.org.uk. Ever expanding the work they do with local musicians, the programme will support thirty artists, with a free-to-access advisory service being available on demand, providing 1 on 1 advice and guidance on suitability for participating.

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