Forté Project uncovering and supporting new talent in South Wales

07 October 2015

A unique music development scheme which aims to uncover and support aspiring musical talent across South Wales has now launched in the Vale of Glamorgan.

The Forté Project, developed by the minds behind the Young Promoters Network and in co-ordination with SONIG Youth Music, aims to take ten emerging artists from Rhondda Cynon Taff, Caerphilly, Merthyr Tydfil, Bridgend and the Vale of Glamorgan and enable them to work alongside industry mentors who will support the artists at a critical point in their musical career.

Centred around key creative initiatives and career development support, the project will further improve the chances for young musicians to achieve successful, long-term professional careers.  The artists will gain experience from song-writing workshops, industry related seminars, signposted opportunities, rehearsal space, recording sessions, bespoke audience development support and a range of unique live opportunities throughout the year. The project is funded by ‘Arts Connect’ a partnership of arts development officers from the six local authority areas, including the Vale, together with the Arts Council of Wales.

The initiative builds on the success of the critically-acclaimed ‘Young Promoters Network’ project which enables young people across South Wales to develop and gain first-hand experience of setting up live music events.


The Forté Project creator and SONIG Co-ordinator Spike Griffiths said: "We noticed that many young music artists weren’t getting the vital grass roots development support they needed to advance to the next level.  The artists had the musical creativity and enthusiasm to succeed but, were often lacking knowledge in the other crucial areas.  The Forté Project aims to bridge that gap and help artists to really grasp the wider industry knowledge and opportunities available in order for them to achieve their highest potential."

As well as working with industry mentors the Forté Project will enable the ten chosen acts to record their work  in professional studio facilities and master their performance techniques and approach to live set-up. Successful acts could even be given the chance to showcase their new skills at high profile live events.

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