Liverpool International Music Festival has announced the finalists for its prestigious 2016 LIMF Academy programme, which provides support for young unsigned artists on Merseyside.
Singer-songwriters Eleanor Nelly and LUMEN will headline the class of 2016 with producer SUEDEBROWN as the recipients of the Elite Talent Development Programme, a scheme reserved for the three ‘most-ready’ artists.
The LIMF Academy will support the trio by providing career investment, mentoring, regional and national performance opportunities, professionally produced biographies, press shots and more.
They will be joined on the programme by 17 other unsigned artists, all of whom will also be given the opportunity to perform at Europe’s largest free music event, LIMF Summer Jam, a gig that will take place in front of around 160,000 people in Sefton Park between 22 and 24 July.
All of the finalists will benefit from workshops and LIMF Masterclasses, which includes sessions led by music industry professionals focused on being heard, securing gigs and funding, and more.
LIMF curator Yaw Owusu says: “We have chosen a great group of talented and exciting young music creators and we are looking forward to showcasing and developing them over the course of the programme.
“I believe our selections once again prove how diverse and inherently excellent the emerging music talent is in the city of Liverpool! With all the existing and additional activity that makes up the LIMF Academy programme, we will strive to continue to add value to all of these bands and artists.”
The trio of ‘most-ready’ artists will be joined by fellow 2016 LIMF Academy finalists The Basement Effect, AZTEX, SPARES, Astles, D A R Y L D A V I D, Alex Hulme, LUNA, Paige Leslie, Native Kings, I SEE RIVERS, Clare Sophia, Shrinking Minds, Scarlet, HICARI, Katie Mac, SUB BLUE, and Halem.