WOMEX is the most important international professional market of world music, and in October 2013 it comes to Cardiff.
To ensure that Welsh musicians can make the most of this opportunity,Cerdd Cymru: Music Wales, has put in place a development and legacy programme to hone skills to enable them to perform and work effectively across international platforms. This week it was announced that two of these programme strands have been fully funded through the Arts Council of Wales’s newly established strand of Arts Lottery funding to support Music Industry Development. Through this fund, Arts Council of Wales is funding development possibilities for musicians and music professionals.
The Artist Development Programme is a partnership between Trac, Music Traditions Wales, and Bangor University Music School. It is designed to offer Wales based musicians the kind of high level, professional skills that are usually only available to those signed to big record labels. Borrowing from models used by Team GB in preparation for the Olympics, this programme will bring in international expertise across a range of skills including: repertoire development, performance and staging, advanced recording techniques, image and promotion, international touring, technical know how for touring, networking and media. These international specialists will work both with the performers and with eight mentors. These mentors are individuals who are already heavily involved in developing and nurturing the next generation of musicians in Wales, and it will be an opportunity to inject new, enhanced skills into our music development infrastructure.
Eight individual musicians or groups will be chosen following an application process. These will be invited to participate in the course, which will be focused around two intensive week-long residential training camps at Bangor University in April and June 2013, and will include mentoring and pre and post course work around the training period.
Further details may also be obtained on Trac’s website www.trac-cymru.org.
This course will begin in April. Further information about how to book a place will be available on the Cerdd Cymru Website and the WMF Website in early January.
Further details about these development programmes will be available on the Cerdd Cymru: Music Wales website www.cerddcymru.com.