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Forte Project

The Forte Project is back for its second year, hoping to unearth exciting and new talent across the whole of South Wales.

The search is now on to find the next group of talented artists as part of the Forte Project, with applications now open online at www.forteproject.co.uk

Formed in 2016, the Forte Project aims to recognise new raw music talent and ensure rising stars hit the right notes, making a mark on the highly-competitive music industry.

Back for its second year, Forte Project is once again taking 10 emerging artists to work along alongside assigned industry mentors who will support the artists on their journey at a critical point in their musical career.

The artists will 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.

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The first batch of Forte Project artists benefited hugely from their experience, which saw electronic act LUK step into a professional studio for the first time, Thomas Seddon evolve from a solo artist into an exciting new four-piece outfit Luna Tides, Upbeat Sneakers supported Madness in their hometown of Merthyr Tydfil, Alex Stacey building up his song-writing repertoire in London.

Bryony Sier also released her critically-acclaimed debut EP Crossroads, HVNTER achieved airplay on BBC Radio 1, KayCee achieved her personal ambition of getting played on BBC 1Xtra and Ofelia performed at the L’Orient International Folk Festival in France.

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

“The Council is delighted to once again be supporting Forte Project as it sets out to uncover and support emerging musical talent in South Wales.

“Rhondda Cynon Taf has a wealth of music talent, producing some of the finest artists in the world – none more so than Sir Tom Jones, Sophie Evans and Stereophonics.

“The Forte Project aims to recognise and develop a new wave of music talent, all hoping for that big break into the competitive music industry.

“Since its inception last year, Forté Project has already successfully taken 10 artists on 10 truly inspiring journeys, setting the bar incredibly high for this year’s acts.

“All the artists worked really hard, absorbed advice, digested industry information and more impressively, threw themselves at every opportunity possible.”

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, with funding from ArtsConnect and Arts Council of Wales, Forte Project prides itself on discovering new and emerging artists to work alongside some of the finest people in the music industry.

Already firmly established, it is one of 22 organisations across the UK to become a PRS for Music foundation’s ‘Talent Development Partner.’

To be eligible for this opportunity, artists must be aged 16-25, must or majority of members reside in one of the ArtsConnect regions (Rhondda Cynon Taf, Merthyr Tydfil, Caerphilly, Vale of Glamorgan and Bridgend) and have a real passion and enthusiasm to further their music potential.

For further details or to obtain an application form, visit www.forteproject.co.uk