Wales

Launchpad fund: Financial boost for music artists

Houdini Dax
Image caption Cardiff-based indie band Houdini Dax has received money from Launchpad fund

New and up-and-coming artists and bands from across Wales have shared a music bursary worth £50,000.

The 29 acts have been awarded up to £2,000 each to help support them build their careers and develop music.

They all applied for the Launchpad fund, which was created as part of BBC Wales and Arts Council of Wales' Horizons scheme.

It was open to artists and bands who write, produce and perform original contemporary popular music.

The winners included:

North west Wales

  • Sion Richards, Bangor: Studio costs, extra musicians and promotion of album
  • Sŵnami, Dolgellau: Touring equipment and transport maintenance
  • Titus Monk, Criccieth: Working with producer Cian Ciaran (Super Furry Animals)

North east Wales

  • Seazoo, Wrexham: Purchase of self-recording equipment
  • Mowbird, Wrexham: Recording, mastering, online and press PR for second album
  • Falls, Flintshire: Support touring activity with contribution towards a vehicle

Mid Wales

  • Meilyr Jones, Aberystwyth: Studio hire, production of debut solo album
  • Jess Hall, Llandrindod Wells: Work on three collections with three different producers

South west Wales

  • Heavy Petting Zoo, Swansea: Online and press promotion of next release
  • Prosperina, Swansea: Touring costs
  • Broken Fires, Swansea: Recording, manufacturing, and promotion of music

South east Wales

  • Roka, Abergavenny: Record a 5 track EP for indie label
  • Mixalydia, Rhondda: Recording studio, promotional video and promoting release
  • Wasters, Cardiff: Record with producer Rory Attwell (Parma Violets, The Vaccines)
  • Peasants King, Pontypridd: Mixing with producer Greg Haver (Manics)

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