Apply to Liverpool International Music Festival’s talent development programme


Calling all young emerging Merseyside artists and bands: applications are now open for Liverpool International Music Festival’s (LIMF) award-winning talent development programme. Find out how to apply here…

The LIMF Academy is responsible for kick-starting the careers of the likes of XamVolo, Jalen N’Gonda and Eleanor Nelly and is offering six talented Merseyside acts a chance to join the 2018 programme.

The six successful applicants will receive performance opportunities including LIMF 2018 – alongside acts including Wiley, Stefflon Don and Ray Blk –, professional career advice, training, workshops and a bursary.

The three ‘most ready’ artists will also land a spot on the Academy’s 12-month Elite Talent Scheme which includes a live session on BBC Introducing, studio time with Steve Levine, showcase opportunities to key press and much more.

The award-winning scheme is one of the only festival-run schemes that gives local young talent the opportunity to share stages with global stars as well as access to funding, mentorship, studio time and more.

Yaw Owusu, LIMF music curator, said: ‘The Academy continually focuses on the career path of, and pathways, for new emerging music artists from Merseyside.

‘I think our ability to source, support and move forward a diverse set of new talent has been our strength and I am glad, with the support of our partners, we can continue to run the Academy.

‘To add even more value to the cohort, we are focusing on a smaller intake that we can go a little deeper with the offer and activities, and play a really significant role in really helping these artists move to the next stage of their careers.

LIMF Academy graduate Pizzagirl, who recently had a BBC Radio 1 Track of the Week said: ‘The LIMF Academy has a been a really big help to me over the last few years, for example, the equipment I use to record and perform with was funded with the money given to me by PRS Foundation and the Academy.

‘The opportunities to perform on stages at the LIMF festival and the help from all the guys at the Academy personally and musically, really made me understand the industry a lot more clearly and feel more comfortable with managing other areas of music besides recording and performing.’

Applications are open now and close on 21 May. To apply, visit