New Music Plus North West Producers Announced

Julia Payne of The Hub announces the music producers
Julia Payne of The Hub announces the music producers

We went to the Tate last night to hear the announcement about this exciting music project, looking forward to hearing the outcomes. There are some excellent videos on the website about New Music Plus and the producers by Jackie Passmore.

New Music Plus… producers announced
PRS for Music Foundation announces eight winning music producers who will collaborate with leading cultural institutions in Liverpool and Manchester.

The PRS for Music Foundation is delighted to reveal the names of eight talented young music producers selected for New Music Plus… North West, a creative and professional development scheme initiated in collaboration with the hub and supported by Arts Council England North West, the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Sound and Music. The New Music Plus… producers are being offered a unique opportunity to work on a new co-production and participate in a skills development network with eight prestigious arts venues and cultural organisations across Liverpool and Manchester. The selected producers will also receive a business development bursary and a bespoke training course, shaped and directed by the hub.

The cohort of winning producers reflects the breadth and vibrancy of new music in the UK – from classical and experimental to sound art and digital technology. Announced at a special event at Tate Liverpool on Wednesday 14th April, 2010, the winning producers and their cultural partners are:

Glenn Boulter    FACT and Liverpool Biennial
Ross Dalziel    National Museums Liverpool
Andrew Ellis    Bluecoat
Jonathan Hering    Tate Liverpool and  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
Irfan Hussain    Contact Theatre
Matthew Krysko    Whitworth
Ailís Ní Ríain    Cornerhouse
Steve Symons    Band on The Wall

Vanessa Reed, Director of the PRS Foundation, said, “Following a highly successful pilot of New Music Plus…in London, we’re delighted to bring the benefits of the scheme to the North West. This is an outstanding group of producers and organisations and we’re looking forward to the diverse range of performances and collaborations they will be producing in Liverpool and Manchester between now and the end of this year. We will use this experience to test whether opportunities offered by New Music Plus need to be offered on a wider scale to promote partnerships for producing new music across all parts of the UK. “

New Music Plus… aims to nurture and empower a new generation of creative entrepreneurs, recognised as future leaders within the music sector; and to strengthen leadership skills and cross art-form exploration and creativity amongst cultural organisations and young independent producers.

Claire Benjamin, from National Museums Liverpool, said: “New Music Plus is a terrific initiative which aims to nurture and develop young talent. We are delighted to be involved in this exciting music project which will see the talented Ross Dalziel working with us. With his help we are keen to explore how we can best use music and sound to create mood and atmosphere at some our museums and galleries.”

Mike Stubbs, FACT Director/CEO, said, “FACT is thrilled to be hosting Glenn along with our partner organisation Liverpool Biennial. Glenn’s innovative approach to music-making presents a massive opportunity for FACT to strengthen our sound art and digital music programme and push it in exciting new directions.”