LCR Pride Foundation launches £20,000 grant scheme as FOCUS Wales announce digital conference


Giant Rooks have added a date to Liverpool’s 2021 gig calendar as Ellie Beach releases a new track, Getintothis’ Lewis Ridley with the news this week.

LCR Pride Foundation has opened applications for a new Community Fund, for projects that support the LGBT+ community in the Liverpool City Region.

The announcement comes following the cancellation of the annual March with Pride event due to coronavirus.

The first part of the funding is supported by Barclays, and comes from reserves initially allocated to delivering that event, and will be split into three reserves: a General Fund (£14,000), Film Fund (£3,000) and Inclusive Physical Activity and Sport Fund (£3,000).

Speaking of the Community Grant Scheme, Lewis Collins, Chair of the LCR Pride Foundation Board of Directors, said: “Since the foundation’s inception, it has been a fundamental aim to make community grants available.

“In recent weeks, it has become abundantly clear that we would not be able to safely and effectively deliver Pride in Liverpool and the annual March With Pride in 2020. As difficult a decision as this has been, we were determined to create a positive out of the cancellation.

“Thanks to the support of Barclays, who have made this first tranche of funding possible, we have been able to bring forward the launch of the LCR Pride Foundation Community Fund and make money available to projects supporting the city region’s LGBT+ community, during what has been an incredibly difficult year.”

All three funds open today and the deadline for submissions is Monday August 3. The first grants are expected to be awarded the following week.

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Elsewhere, this week, FOCUS Wales 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 event.

In the first of a series of online events, the virtual showcase event will take place in September, featuring panel talks, and keynote sessions, with industry professionals and special guests.

The series will also offer artists from Wales the opportunity to showcase their music to, and network with, representatives of the global music industry, and also access to support to help with their careers amidst coronavirus.

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.”

Giant Rocks

Giant Rooks have penned a date in Liverpool on their tour in 2021.

The German outfit will come to Liverpool on their Rookery tour on Sunday April 11 with I Love Live Events at O2 Academy.

In more gig news, due to Covid-19, Philadelphia quintet The Districts have been forced to move their tour to next year.

It means they’ll come to Arts Club in Liverpool on Friday May 21, 2021. Support from Brussels newcomers BRNS.

Our new track this week comes from Ellie Bleach, who has released the visuals for baroque pop cut He Bought Me Nikes.

It’s the fourth single from the London based singer-songwriter with a uniquely cynical take on so-called ‘easy listening’ 70s pop.