I’m delighted to have been chosen for the Artist Development Programme!
It will give me an opportunity to focus on my music and provide me with the skills, advice and encouragement to develop my career as an artist. I’m very excited, the first week-long residency course is in a month’s time.
From the Cerdd Cymru press release: “Eight sets of Welsh musicians have been chosen to benefit from an advanced training programme that will involve intensive and detailed work with some of the world music industry’s top managers, producers and marketers. They are: Cardiff based African music and dance company Ballet Nimba, Welsh folk band Calan, Welsh singer-songwriter and poet Gwyneth Glyn, Llandrindod based singer-songwriter Jess Hall, Llandudno based musician Mark Pavey, Glamorgan based folk duo Olion Byw, Welsh folk singer Siân James and Brecon based singer-songwriter Tanya Walker.
The Artist Development Programme is a partnership between Trac, Music Traditions Wales, and Bangor University Music School. It is designed to offer Wales based musicians the kind of high level, professional skills that are usually only available to those signed to big record labels.
WOMEX is the most important international professional market of world music, and in October 2013 it comes to Cardiff. Hosting WOMEX in Cardiff is seen as a catalyst for further development of the world music industry across Wales, and in particular as a way of raising the ambitions of musicians in Wales to work and export their music internationally. An on-going programme of development is in in place to support musicians in Wales towards this aim, with the view of using WOMEX 13 as the launch-pad for more engagement with international agents, buyers, festival promoters etc. The Artist Development Programme is a key part of this programme and the aim is to prepare the eight chosen to do business at WOMEX 13, although this is just the beginning of the journey in terms of marketing and promoting themselves internationally.”