Wales’ Forté Project is giving ten new artists professional industry support to progress their careers over the next six months.
Established in 2015, Forté Project is Wales’ leading talent development programme. Throughout its six-year tenure, it has developed over seventy young music creators aged 16–25 including Owina Felstead, Eädyth and The Honest Poet. Many artists involved in the programme have since gained national radio exposure, performed around the world and become internationally acclaimed songwriters signed to national record labels.
Over the last two years, Forté Project has adapted to and overcome the challenges it faced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Working online enabled the project to establish and continue connections with the artists who desperately needed support and encouragement during a difficult period.
Now, in 2022, Forté Project is ready to embark work on a brand new scale: the project is relaunching with its first full-scale Wales-wide programme. Ten newly-chosen musicians from across the country will develop crucial skills, gain industry knowledge and perform their music live at a series of unique events across the country. The selected acts will each benefit from professional mentoring, personal development, mental health support and skills workshops which will enable them to take their first steps in developing long-lasting and successful careers.
The Forté Projects acts for 2022 are:
Artshawty: Dreamy bedroom-pop from Cardiff
Elin Grace: Classically trained folk-pop from Llandrindod Wells
Elis Derby: Jagged Welsh language indie-rock from Y Felinheli, North Wales
Fig.: Unique melancholic rap hailing from Caerphilly
Kitty: Sugary sweet pop from Cardiff (via Paris!)
Mali Hâf: Sultry bi-lingual neo-soul from Cardiff
Ogun: Politically charged rap from Newport
Only Rainyday Rainbow: Scuzzy art-school psychedelia from Swansea
skylrk: Erratic Welsh language hiphop from Caernarfon
sorry stacy: Layered electronic-pop from Cardiff (via Estonia!)
Forté Project has been made possible by the support from the PRS Foundation and Arts Council of Wales. To find out more visit the Forté Project website and follow @forteproject10 on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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