New funding opportunity opens for Welsh artists

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Arts Council of Wales and BBC Wales are calling for talented Welsh artists and bands to apply for their latest Launchpad funding round.

Launchpad will offer grants of up to £2,000 to help artists and bands to fulfil their potential and reach the next level.

Aimed at emerging musicians that already demonstrate promise, Launchpad is part of the Horizons Gorwelion scheme to develop new and independent contemporary music in Wales.

It was started in 2014 and has supported over 135 artists from more than 50 Welsh towns.

Through the scheme, musicians are supported in their creative work, allowing them to pay for studio time and equipment, commission photography, artwork and video, promote their work and go on tour.

Applications are being accepted from now until midnight on 16 November. For more info and how to apply, as well as the Horizons initiative, go to www.bbc.co.uk/horizons.

One of last year’s musicians was Flintshire hip-hop artist Ennio the Little Brother, whose work has been played on BBC 6 Music. He said: ‘Receiving the Horizons grant was a huge surprise to me. It felt incredible to be a part of a group of Welsh musicians looking to take our craft to the next level.

‘With the grant, I purchased a guitar amplifier and a looper pedal, which have both helped me to drastically improve my live performances. Just a year ago, I relied heavily on backing tracks to bolster my set, but now I can creatively compose layered music on the spot; completely live. As well as this, the way I write music has changed too! I now use the looper to create new compositions.’