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Launchpad fund boost for Welsh Music

The names of 29 talented artists and bands from across Wales, who have been successful in their bid for a music bursary worth a total of £50,000 have been revealed. 15 Dec 2014

Launchpad fund boost for Welsh Music

29 new or up-and-coming Welsh-based artists have been awarded up to £2,000 each to help support them in shaping their careers, developing their music and supporting activities that will help them to fulfil their potential.

The artists all applied for the Launchpad fund, created as part of the BBC Wales and Arts Council of Wales’ Horizons scheme to develop new contemporary music in Wales. A panel made-up of music experts Adam Walton (BBC Radio Wales), Bethan Elfyn (BBC Radio Wales) Alun Gaffey (BBC Radio Cymru), Lisa Matthews (Arts Council of Wales), Aeron Roberts (Arts Council of Wales) , Guto Brychan (Clwb Ifor Bach/ Maes B), Simon Griffiths (Young Promoters Network), Liz Hunt (The School/Fizzy Events), Rhys Lloyd Jones (Pontio) and Emma Daman Thomas (Islet/ Shape Records), sifted the 118 applications received before deciding on the 29 worthy recipients.

Launchpad fund applications opened in September to Wales-based artists and bands writing, producing and performing original contemporary popular music. The fund was also open to applications from the 12 Horizons scheme artists who were selected earlier in the year to benefit from a support programme to assist with the development of their careers.

The successful artists bid for the fund to help support their work - from recording equipment and hiring rehearsal space to working with talented producers and recording professionally.

From the diverse mix of applications, the most unusual request came from Amlyn Parry from Caernarfon, who wanted specific technical sound equipment to support his field music experiments.

Jess Hall from mid Wales, has high profile producers in mind for her music, and hopes to work with Gary Hughes who worked on Bjork’s Debut album.

Horizons Project Manager Bethan Elfyn said:

"We’re thrilled to be awarding 29 Launchpad Fund grants to help new musicians and bands in Wales. We’ve got as vibrant and as diverse a music scene now as ever in Wales – the studios, rehearsal rooms, and venues are full of new bands starting out, and the proliferation of small street festivals are a testatment to how many new acts are gathering attention at the moment. We hope the Horizons scheme can continue to promote, and mentor musicians in Wales in a new exciting way, and with the Launchpad Fund, we go one step further and help empower musicians to be creative, ambitious, and be able to achieve their dreams. I’m excited to see these projects flourish over the year ahead."

Lisa Matthews, Portfolio Manager, Arts Council of Wales said:

"We were hugely impressed by the response to Launchpad – in both quantity and quality. Arts Council of Wales is proud to be a partner in Horizons through which we've been able to support some of the brilliant music talent which is very much evident in Wales today. We hope that this really makes a difference to the musicians taking their next career steps."

For more information about the Launchpad fund go to the Horizons website


Issued by BBC Cymru Wales Communications


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Notes to Editors:

Here’s a list of the 29 successful artists, north to south:



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Sion Richards


Studio costs, extra musicians and promotion of album.

Yr Eira


New EP and promotion via plugger.

Amlyn Parry


Technical equipment for field music in Papua New Guinea.



Touring equipment and transport maintenance.

Titus Monk


Working with producer Cian Ciaran (Super Furry Animals)



Purchase of self-recording equipment.

Baby Brave


Manufacture, promotion and touring three EPs.



Recording, mastering, online and press PR for second album.



Support touring activity with contribution towards a vehicle.

Meilyr Jones


Studio hire, production of debut solo album.

Jess Hall

Llandrindod Wells

Work on 3 collections with 3 different producers.

Heavy Petting Zoo


Online and press promotion of next release.



Touring costs.

Broken Fires


Recording, manufacturing, and promotion of music.



Record a 5 track EP for indie label.



Recording studio, promotional video and promoting release.

Baby Queens


New equipment.



New recordings.

Ellie Makes Music


Production, mastering and promotion of new material.

Houdini Dax


Contribution towards vehicle for touring purposes.

Tender Prey


Tour support in order to promote debut album.



Purchase of keyboard to enhance their live sound



Record with producer Rory Attwell (Parma Violets, The Vaccines)



Record an EP with producer John Rae.

HMS Morris


Studio time at Mono Valley Studios.

Gabrielle Murphy


Fund recording of a second EP.

Climbing Trees


Recording, mastering and mixing at Mwnci studios Carmarthen

Peasants King


Mixing with producer Greg Haver (Manics).



Rehearsal space, studio time, van hire for 10 days, and Gibson Les Paul Jr guitar.

Horizons is a two year partnership between BBC Wales and the Arts Council of Wales to develop new music talent and give it a platform to reach audiences.

The second Horizons project will launch in January 2015 searching for another 12 artists from Wales.

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