THE MULTI-VENUE Liverpool International Music Festival (LIMF) is gearing up to select new inductees to its much-lauded Academy, an initiative created to help local emerging talent between the ages of 16 and 25.
Music manager and creator Yaw Owusu says that the Academy has been setup in an effort to revitalise the musical image of the city.
“People have a tendency to refer to the city – musically at least – by talking only about those legacy artistes that left their mark, and when we started it was to try and change that, redress the balance with new acts,” says Owusu.
Opportunities for selected artistes include, financial investment, a live session on BBC Introducing with Dave Monks, studio time with Steve Levine, free music promotions (streaming & radio) and monthly masterclass sessions with industry leaders.
“It’s only a small team behind the venture, so we find our artistes through direct applications, through the local scene and through our own network of contacts,” says Owusu.
He adds that keeping the annual number of inductees relatively small each year allows quality time to be spent with all of the Academy’s artistes.
“We essentially curate the opportunities for each artiste – different genres, different ages of act all need specific things and it’s important to us that we have time to work on them as individuals.”
Previous acts to have been selected include major label artiste signings MiC Lowry (Polydor Records), XamVolo (Decca Records) and Eleanor Nelly (Decca Records). LIMF takes place from 21-22 July.