The annual industry showcase for English folk, roots and acoustic music has opened applications to emerging artists for its 2019-2020 programme.
The English Folk Expo (EFEx) Artist Mentoring Programme supports artists in their professional development over a 12 month period.
Selected artists will plan and develop their careers, perform in new markets, seek funding, expand their professional network and prepare for international showcases.
The programme is designed to prepare artists for changes in the music industry and the subsequent requirement understand the industry and operate within it.
Key topics covered are: stagecraft, recorded music, live touring, audience development and business planning.
The structure of the programme will include training days, which features training sessions outlining the course content and the opportunity to meet assigned mentors and fellow participants.
Successful applicants will also attend industry events like the American Music Association-UK Conference and Focus Wales.
Participants will also perform a short set at Cambridge Folk Festival’s emerging artist performance space followed by feedback from expert stagecraft tutor Nancy Kerr.
Mentors will also support the participants in writing a three-year business plan.
Finally, the course participants return to Manchester for the final two days of the English Folk Expo to meet the next set of artists to give tips and feedback.
Additionally, they will have a final session with their mentors, attend the delegate activities at the event and have the opportunity to network at the late-night networking bar space.
Successful applicants will also receive free membership English Folk Expo Digital platform and benefit from transport, accommodation, per diem and a small fee for each performance included as part of the offer.
To be eligible for the course you must be resident in the UK and perform English folk, roots or acoustic music, including singer-songwriter, roots/Americana and traditional.
The EFEx Artist Mentoring Programme 2019-2020 is supported by PRS Foundation and Arts Council England and Unlimited.
Applications close on Friday 14 June. For more information and to apply, please visit englishfolkexpo.com