We are proud to introduce our exciting new annual Artist Development Programme.
The scheme has been designed specifically to encourage a new generation of artists with year-round support offered to those handpicked to be part of the Programme .
These promising artists will be supported through training days, structured workshops, specialist masterclasses and one-to-one sessions allowing them to develop their creative skills, gain vital knowledge, and learn from experienced music industry experts.
They will also be provided with financial assistance and opportunities to gain experience performing live.
The programme will run from Autumn 2018, up to the Festival in 2019.
The Friends is a Registered Charity (No 299636) and runs independently from the Festival. Vital funding for this programme will come from the Festival itself, arts grants, and from the new Friends Membership scheme, see details below.
The first recipients of this programme, are acclaimed guitarist Billy Watman; songwriter and 2016 Celtic Connections Danny Kyle Award winner Bella Gaffney; and Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne, who was shortlisted for the Horizon Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2018.
Membership lasts a 'Festival year' (ie. September 2018 to end August 2019) and by signing up, members will enjoy some incredible rewards:
£30 single, £50 couple
£60 single, £100 couple
As Green plus:
£200 single, £300 couple
As Bronze plus:
£400 single, £700 couple
As Silver plus: