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International showcase festival FOCUS Wales, winner of Best Festival for Emerging Talent at the UK Festival Awards, and recently shortlisted for a European Festival Award, has today announced an open call for Welsh music creators to participate in a brand new digital showcase and conference event set for September 2020, for the inaugural out of FOCUS Digital Conference.

In the first of a series of online events (with more to be announced in the coming months), the virtual showcase event will take place in September, featuring panel talks, and keynote sessions, with industry professionals and special guests. Alongside this, the series will offer artists from Wales the opportunity to showcase their music to, and network with, representatives of the global music industry, and also offering access to support to help with their careers amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

Referring to the overall purpose of this new digital event, and the future events that will follow, a spokesperson for FOCUS Wales described the project:

“The intention with our new digital conference events, is to become the hub for advice and assistance with holistic development of the music industry in Wales. In the short term: a virtual hub with online industry advice sessions, and resources offered via a virtual conference. In the long term: we’ll develop the hub to be a year round resource centre, available both online and in person, for the sector in Wales – via online panel sessions, one to one intensive advice sessions and online resources, as well as organised ‘in person’ industry sessions, organised at various locations in Wales throughout the year.”

Whilst the wider digital conference will be free to access for all, a limited number of spaces on the inaugural artist development programme are available, and Welsh artists are invited to apply to participate via THIS LINK

Application deadline is 1st August.

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