If you live and breath music and are an independent artist looking to sharpen your skills, The Liverpool International Music Festival (LIMF) is one you can’t miss.

LIMF has been one of the largest and leading music development programmes in the North-West since its establishment in 2013 by curator, Yaw Owusu.  Since, the programme has seen the likes of MiC Lowry, XamVolo, Katy Alex, Michael Seary and Little Grace go on to build successful careers.

Last year, LIMF Academy saw 2,000 budding Merseyside musicians attend free masterclasses and workshops and out of those 2,000, twenty went on to perform at showcases with three lucky winners signing on to the Elite Talent Development Programme.

“New talent is the life blood of this city. It’s brilliant that the Academy has been able to showcase, develop and help a lot of the key new artists and bands coming through at the moment. It is such a central part of what we are trying to achieve with LIMF” - Yaw Owusu

With having an abundance of success, it has undoubtedly helped towards Liverpool achieving the UNESCO City of Music accolade.  The LIMF programme continues to cement the city’s commitment to developing new talent and strengthening the local scene and industry and in such a short time, LIMF has received high praise with partners including BBC Introducing, UK Music, Musician’s Union, Bido Lito! Magazine, Help Musician’s and PRS for Music Foundation.

For the artists, the benefits are numerous. XamVolo who was one of the 2014 ‘most ready’ artists, has gone on to sign a production and management deal and has subsequently received major co-signs by BBC Radio 1, 6 Music, BBC 1Xtra, Radio X, Bido Lito! Magazine, The Skinny and Jazz FM. On his experience, XamVolo says “being a part of the LIMF Academy helped me to lay solid foundations down for my career, as well as exposing me to the correct approach to different elements of the industry.  Without that infrastructure and guidance, I wouldn’t have as much clarity of vision as I have currently.”

This four day festival is sure to be an enjoyable and exceptional experience for those who wish to hone their music skills and explore all that LIMF has to offer. From a showcase of artists, music and projects, visitors can also enjoy a series of commissioned events as part of LIMF Presents and Europe’s largest free festival, LIMF Summer Jam.

To apply to the LIMF Academy programme, head to the site:

Applications are open now until 27th March.

The LIMF Academy is one of the leading music development programmes in the North-West offering performance opportunities, training, workshops and investment to Merseyside’s emerging music talent. The scheme offers the opportunity for budding artists and bands between the ages of 13-25 to perform on the LIMF Academy stage at Europe’s biggest free music event, LIMF Summer Jam, as well as free access to professional career advice, training and development.

A 12 month Elite Talent Development Programme will be awarded to three of the artists or bands which includes career investment, mentoring, regional and national performance opportunities and numerous other benefits including professionally produced biography, press shots and music. Apply now:

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