Musicians chosen for project aiming to give them big break
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.forteproject.co.uk
Clockwise from top left, Dead Method, Christian Punter and The Witching Hour have been chosen for the 2018 Forté Project