New music talent programme gets underway

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Apply for a place on a new programme which kicks off today (Monday) to help launch the careers of three emerging artists.

Pirate Studios has assembled a team of artist managers, agents, promoters, publishers, PRs and radio experts for its Prodigy Programme to back new British talent.

Mike Walsh, Radio X head of music, booker Lyndsey Boggis, Sentric’s Simon Pursehouse and Various Artists Management’s David Bianchi and John Dawkins are among those involved.

The panel will provide one-on-one mentoring sessions and masterclasses to successful applicants, covering all you need to launch a successful career in music.

Pirate Studios will also provide unlimited free use of their rehearsal facilities, studio time with professional engineers, while offering free video production, branding and marketing advice as well as promotion across social media channels.

The three winners will also secure festival slots as well as a guaranteed audience with industry A&R at invite-only shows across the summer.

The competition opens today (Monday) at 3pm today with the final deadline for entries on 19 March.

Submit your tracks at piratestudios.co.uk/prodigy. Entries will be transferred to SoundCloud for a public vote.

The competition follows the news that Pirate Studios is launching in another 10 locations across the UK this year, adding to its existing portfolio of 150 DJ, production and rehearsal studios.

Studio co-founder David Borrie said: ‘We have 20,000 musicians in our community – a lot are producing amazing music.

‘We find it incredible some of these guys aren’t already household names so we thought it would be awesome if we could be the ones to give them a helping hand.’

Bianchi, of Various Artists Management (Charli XCX, The Libertines), added: ‘This is an unbelievable opportunity for emerging British acts that need that extra help to break through.’