Mu­si­cians cho­sen for project aim­ing to give them big break

Cynon Valley - - YOUR NEWS - DAVID OWENS david.owens@waleson­

MU­SI­CIANS from across South Wales will be hop­ing for their big break as part of The Forté Project.

10 new artists have been cho­sen for the mu­sic de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme which aims to un­cover and sup­port the next bright young things in mu­sic emerg­ing from the area.

Since its in­cep­tion in 2016, the Forté Project has suc­cess­fully taken 10 young artists on 10 in­spir­ing jour­neys into the mu­sic world.

On De­cem­ber 18, 10 brand new emerg­ing acts were re­vealed ready to em­bark on their own unique mu­si­cal ad­ven­ture.

In co­or­di­na­tion with SONIG Youth Mu­sic, the Forté Project is funded by an Arts Coun­cil of Wales lot­tery grant, PRS Foun­da­tion For Mu­sic and Art­sCon­nect and takes 10 emerg­ing artists from re­gions which span across five bor­oughs in South Wales. The ar­eas of Rhondda Cynon Taff, Caer­philly, Merthyr Tyd­fil, Brid­gend and the Vale of Glam­or­gan are col­lec­tively known as Art­sCon­nect, and these are the re­gions the acts are cho­sen from.

All the acts, aged 16-25, are ea­ger to make their mark on the mu­sic in­dus­try and en­joy their year­long Forté Project de­vel­op­ment.

The 10 cho­sen Forté artists for 2018 are:

Rhondda Cynon Taff – Chris­tian Punter and The Witch­ing Hour

Merthyr – Tracy Is­land and Al Moses

Caer­philly – Serge and Dead Method

Brid­gend - Vince James and Carolines

Vale of Glam­or­gan – Hana and Per­fect Body

“Forte Project con­tin­ues to un­earth an ex­cep­tional amount of tal­ent emerg­ing from South Wales. We’ve had ar­guably the tough­est year in our se­lec­tion process, with lots of con­tenders, but set­tled with ten acts who re­ally ex­cite us in so many dif­fer­ent ways.’ said Spike Grif­fiths, Forté Project Creative Lead.

“The num­ber of ap­pli­ca­tions for 2018 has been the high­est to date and there’s such a spirit of cre­ativ­ity and ad­ven­ture in the mu­sic we’ve heard. We’re re­ally keen to start work with each of the acts to sup­port and cel­e­brate this young tal­ent.”

Joe Fran­k­land, se­nior grants and pro­grammes man­ager, PRS for Mu­sic Foun­da­tion, said: “PRS for Mu­sic Foun­da­tion has been re­ally im­pressed with the emerg­ing artists com­ing through the Forte Project are en­gag­ing with young mu­sic cre­ators from all back­grounds and the re­sults speak for them­selves. Forté is one of only 23 PRS Foun­da­tion Tal­ent De­vel­op­ment Part­ners and we’re par­tic­u­larly pleased to see such a range of mu­sic gen­res sup­ported. We can’t wait to hear more great mu­sic from South Wales.”

Diane Hebb, di­rec­tor of en­gage­ment and par­tic­i­pa­tion at Arts Coun­cil of Wales added: “This pro­gramme of­fers unique op­por­tu­ni­ties for some of the bril­liant young mu­si­cians we have in the south east. The Forté project will no doubt un­cover new tal­ent, de­velop ca­reers in the mu­sic in­dus­try and as­sist in the cre­ation of new mu­sic.”

The Forté Project aims to de­liver the fol­low­ing to the cho­sen 10 acts:

Spe­cially se­lected in­dus­try men­tors to help guide and sup­port them across the du­ra­tion of the Forté Project.

Unique live op­por­tu­ni­ties through the Young Pro­mot­ers Net­work, Or­chard En­ter­tain­ment, Wales’s largest in­de­pen­dent pro­moter and rep­utable fes­ti­vals in Wales. Whilst also get­ting help­ing ap­ply for other fes­ti­vals across the UK.

Ac­cess to key net­work­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties with in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als pro­vid­ing them with sound ad­vice re­lat­ing to key ar­eas of their de­vel­op­ment.

In­creased artist pro­file through high pro­file live per­for­mances, au­di­ence de­vel­op­ment and mar­ket­ing strate­gies.

Record­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties to ex­plore new ma­te­rial with pro­fes­sional stu­dio fa­cil­i­ties and tech­ni­cians

Valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing with tech­ni­cians in re­hearsal spa­ces to mas­ter their per­for­mance tech­niques and ap­proach to live set-up.

Find out more at www.fortepro­

Clock­wise from top left, Dead Method, Chris­tian Punter and The Witch­ing Hour have been cho­sen for the 2018 Forté Project

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