In its fourth-year running, Horizons have opened their applications for emerging Welsh acts. Horizons / Gorwelion is a union between the Arts Council of Wales and BBC Wales, where the scheme strives to propel Welsh talent through funding and coveted performance opportunities.
Previous successes that have worked with Horizons include Kizzy Crawford, Danielle Lewis, We’re No Heroes, Casey and many, many more (take a look here). In addition to having financial help from the Launchpad fund, previous acts have performed at multiple festivals including SXSW, The Great Escape and Glastonbury to name but a few.
So far the scheme has mentored 36 acts, where this year, the 12 acts chosen will gain airspace across BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio Cymru. The competition will be judged by industry experts.
Project manager and BBC Wales presenter Bethan Elfyn said:
“The music industry is constantly changing and it is a challenge to get new, unsigned artists heard in such a competitive world, but a challenge the Horizons team relish. We’ll have a special start to our festival calendar this year by revealing our new 12 at the Biggest Weekend Fringe Festival in Swansea and putting on a whole host of acts across a whole week of activity in Swansea. That’s just the start and we look forward to a 12 month journey with the new artists.”
Additionally, this year Horizons have selected 12 bloggers that’ll be providing exclusive content and insights as the scheme progresses.
Do you feel that you have something special that deserves wider platform? Apply online through BBC Horizons. Applications close at Midnight on May 7th.