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Forte Project Success

Fresh new bands and solo performers in Rhondda Cynon Taf are set to continue getting their ‘big breaks’ through the successful Forte Project.

Funding for 2018 has been secured, allowing the Forte Project to continue its valuable work of discovering and nurturing new talent across South Wales.

Now in its second year, the Forte Project is currently working with 10 new emerging acts as they embark on their exciting musical journeys.

Alternative rock band Chroma (Pictured); indie four-piece band The Pitchforks; Public Order; Local Enemy; Chew; Atterbury & Gibbz; CWCW; Rebecca Hurn; Jack Ellis and Joel Alex were all selected to be a part of the 2017 Forte Project.

All 10 acts have recorded new material, with the help of the Forte Project, and are set to release their material in the coming months.

Pontypridd-based Chroma has already won the Best New Band at the Cardiff Music Awards and also performed at the Focus Wales Festival in Wrexham, Parti Ponty at Ynysangharad War Memorial Park in Pontypridd and at the Big Cheese Festival in Caerphilly.

Rhondda-based The Pitchforks also performed at the Big Cheese Festival and have released their new single The Moon.

Through the Forte Project, acts will work alongside assigned industry mentors who support them on their journey at a critical point in their musical careers.

Having now secured funding from the Arts Council of Wales and PRS for Music Foundation, the Forte Project will embark on its selection process for 2018 in November.

Cllr Ann Crimmings, Cabinet Member for Environment and Leisure, said:

“Formed in 2016, the Forte Project has already helped 20 acts take their first tentative steps in the highly-competitive music industry. This funding announcement recognises all of the good work of the project and enables it to continue.

“The Council is delighted to continue its support of the Forte Project. Our County Borough has a proud history of producing some of the finest artists in the world – none more so than Sir Tom Jones and Stereophonics.

“But the Forte Project aims to discover fresh, new talent, nurture that talent and provide these performers with the opportunity to be recognised by influential people in the music industry.”

The Forte Project covers Rhondda Cynon Taf, Caerphilly, Merthyr Tydfil, Bridgend and the Vale of Glamorgan.

Run in conjunction with the Council’s SONIG Youth Music Team, the Forte Project helps artists gain valuable experiences from song-writing workshops, industry seminars, sign-posted opportunities, rehearsal space, recording sessions, bespoke audience development support and a range of unique live opportunities throughout the year.

For further details on the Forte Project visit www.forteproject.co.uk