Arts Council of Wales and BBC Wales are calling for talented Welsh artists and bands to apply for the Launchpad fund. Arts Council of Wales and BBC Wales are calling for talented Welsh artists and bands to apply for the Launchpad fund. Launchpad will offer grants of up to £2,000 to help artists or 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.
Launchpad was started in 2014 and has supported over 135 artists, from more than 50 Welsh towns. A diverse mix of musicians will be supported in their creative work by the fund, allowing them to pay for studio time and equipment, commission photography, artwork and video, promote their work and go on tour. Artists who have been supported by the Launchpad fund include fast-rising Carmarthen trio Adwaith who have just released their brilliant debut album ‘Melyn‘, Flintshire hip-hop artist Ennio the Little Brother who used the funding to purchase equipment. Cardiff-based rapper and singer NonameDisciple who received support for her ‘A Millennial’s Godfidence’ project.
Singer-songwriter Beth Celyn from Caernarfon used Launchpad to promote her new EP. She said: “I’m so grateful to Horizons for their support and faith in me as an artist. Receiving the grant has been a massive encouragement. Without it, I wouldn’t have been able to gig or compose new material this year as my digital piano broke a few months before the launch of my debut EP. The launch scheme enabled me to buy a new digital piano and I’ve already had some invaluable experiences – from performing at the Pan Celtic Festival over in Ireland to playing at Festival No.6 in Portmeirion.”
From Wednesday 17 October applications to Launchpad will be open to Wales based artists and bands. Entries will close at midnight on Friday 16 November 2018.
For more information about Launchpad and how to apply, as well as the Horizons initiative, go to www.bbc.co.uk/horizons