The British and Irish Modern Music Institute (BIMM) is launching a new £5,000 Artist Award aimed at supporting emerging music talent.
The initiative will provide a cash prize alongside continued support and ongoing careers advice including the chance to work in close collaboration with BIMM’s experienced artist development team.
The winner will also benefit from a range of opportunities throughout 2017-18 including festival performances, recordings, photography, PR, promotional advice and more depending on the artist’s needs.
Any artists or bands who have previously graduated from a BIMM College (or band members who have) can apply. Details are also available via the BIMM Alumni platform BIMM Connect. The winner will be selected from a shortlist by an industry panel of songwriters, musicians and top industry executives.
Julian Deane from Raygun Music is A&R consultant for the award. He said: ‘I’m delighted to be working with BIMM on this important award. The prize should go some way to addressing the industry-wide problem of how newer artists find it difficult to access the upfront investment which is needed to make their first positive steps into the real world music industry.
‘Investment in early stage development has got tougher and tougher as the primary business model has shifted from CD to downloads to streaming over the last ten years. Whether it’s a single with a decent PR campaign behind it; a first tour; or getting into a proper studio, emerging artists need money, strategy and the right contacts and this is what we’re offering to those who we know have the potential to do well.’
The final deadline for entries is Friday 31 March. The winner will be announced on Friday 12 May.
Visit the BIMM website to find out more and enter.