Upsurge: artist development - TheMusicWorks
UPSURGE: artist development is a FREE 1-year programme open to local emerging artists.

Whether you are a singer, rapper, beatboxer, poet/spoken word artist, musician (any instrument), songwriter, producer or engineer this programme is for you.

During the programme you will: Learn about the business of music in group sessions delivered by music industry professionals; be offered career development including mentoring, studio time, training, masterclasses, performance/networking opportunities and explore the most effective ways to promote your music.

What will you get out of the programme?
  • Support with developing your own original music from experienced music leaders in a professional environment
  • Access to multiple recording and rehearsal studios
  • Crucial business knowledge, tapping into the music industry including learning how to protect your music’s rights
  • Support and development opportunities, including signposting and contacts across the music industry to help further your career
  • Mentoring from music industry professionals
  • Networking & collaboration opportunities with different musicians, artists, engineers, producers from diverse backgrounds across the county
Who is it for?

You must be:

  • Aged between 18–30
  • Based in Gloucestershire
  • Not signed to a record label
  • Passionate about music and progressing in your career

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