There’s a fantastic opportunity available through Horizons open at the moment as the Launchpad Fund is open and taking applications until the 16th November.
Horizons, for those of you unaware, is a scheme delivered by BBC Cymru Wales in partnership with Arts Council Wales to develop new, independent contemporary music in Wales.
The Launchpad Fund is a resource which helps talented artists or bands in Wales to further their music careers by providing them with vital access to finance. They’re awarding grants of up to £2,000 to fund projects for musicians / bands that are starting out on their musical journey, at a crucial point in their development.
Examples of artists / bands that have been awarded grants in the past include:
Adwaith: for equipment & album PR campaign
Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard: for a digital PR campaign
Dan Bettridge: for a PR campaign for debut album & showcase appearances
Afro Cluster: for finishing album with studio time at Giant Wafer Studios.
Himalayas: for touring costs and equipment
Broken Fires: for recording, manufacturing, and promotion of music
Successful applicants will be able to demonstrate and apply for things that they think will take their music careers ‘to the next level’.
If you have a project in mind and think that the Launchpad fund is for you and/or your band we definitely recommend applying. Even if you’re not successful, it’s a great opportunity to think about projects and how to finance them.
To apply, you’ll need to fill in an application form, and answer all of the questions - then submit (via email) back to Horizons. The deadline for applications is midnight on the 16th November. Don’t miss out!
Here are some useful links for those thinking about applying:
Good luck! We hope that lots of you will apply & look forward to seeing what the successful applicants will be doing with their money!