Emerging Excellence Awards deadline - Monday 7 January

Following the success of the pilot round, we recently launched the second round for the Emerging Excellence Awards. The deadline is Monday 7 January.

The Emerging Excellence Awards were set up to help musicians in the vital early stages of their careers when access to finance and support is limited.

Nearly 100 artists from across the UK applied in March for the pilot round of the awards, which offer grants up to £3,000 for innovative projects and development opportunities as well as expert advice and mentoring.

Successful young artists include London-born rhymtic soul artist Juliyaa (pictured above right) used her award towards the release of her EP 'Stars and Dragons', which was recently broadcast on BBC Radio 1xtra.

She says "The Emerging Excellence Awards has meant so much to me. Having you support and back my musical development at this crucial time of releasing my EP has meant that I was able to further my career in ways I genuinely wouldn't have thought possible. I was able to fund a video making my reach as an artist even wider using social media, and also press CD’s meaning I could create revenue as an artist. I would encourage anyone who is really trying to get to the next stage in their career to apply. You won’t regret it!"

Grants of between £500 and £3,000 are available. The awards are open to individuals and groups in the first few years of a professional music career who can demonstrate outstanding talent and who are already making waves in their field. Deadline is Monday 7 January.

We hope you all have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and we look forward to hearing from you in 2013!

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