Calling All Local Acts.

Our colleagues over at The Stinger magazine have just announced a great opportunity for two separate local acts.

This involves grants they have been given by the Hastings Foreshore Trust which will enable The Stinger to help two lucky applicants.

Here’s what they told us:

One of the primary aspirations of The Stinger Magazine is to help deserving, hard-working local acts, by mentoring fledgling music projects through the initial development and recording process and promoting more established acts outside of the region and across the UK and Europe.
We are therefore delighted to announce that The Hastings Foreshore Trust have kindly awarded us a grant in order to support two unsigned local music acts. This fund will be split into equal parts in order to support two separate acts at different stages of development.

Core Development Fund: The exact nature of the support to be provided will depend on the needs of the act that is chosen, but in principle this will include: the recording, mixing and mastering of at least one song under the guidance of a professional producer; assistance in producing a music video in order to promote the song(s); the production of an EPK (Electronic Press Kit) and general support and advice with branding, website and social media development.

Concert & Touring Fund: The second half of the fund will be used to support a more established local act with a proven track record in live performance. The chosen band will be helped to coordinate and promote a series of UK and possibly (northern) Europe live dates. We will assist with the scheduling, promotion and logistic costs (travel, accommodation and general expenses), and provide an experienced tour manager.

In order to be chosen, you will need to prove that as well as being talented, you are ambitious and determined, which will need to be fully demonstrated during the application process, in order to satisfy the Submissions Panel and The Hastings Foreshore Trust, that the money has been wisely spent.

Applications for the grants close at midnight on 6th January 2015 and the ‘winners’ will be announced in the next issue of The Stinger magazine, due in mid January

Full details about the grants and how you can apply can be found here:

http://www.thestinger.org.uk/mentoring

Best of luck with your application.

The Pierless Music Interviews

We are planning on doing a series of interviews with local musicians in the very near future.

The idea is to record the interviews as a podcast and to then post them onto this site and also onto the Pierless Music Mixcloud page as well. Bands and musicians will then be able to share them, or use them for their own publicity purposes. For example, within an Electronic Press Kit (EPK).

Initially, we will try to concentrate on bands/musicians that have new material being released, or who have recently released an album, or EP.

The ‘plan’ is to end each Pierless Music Interview with a track from that release. So, we will need to have a copy of the album, or EP beforehand.

I’m hoping to record the first of these interviews tomorrow and already have another lined up for next week. If you’d like to be included on one of these upcoming podcasts and you fit the criteria above, please get in touch with us here at Pierless Music.

Btw, we are still in the process of trying to arrange a weekly local music show on BURST radio, as previously mentioned.