LIMF Academy has launched new music from artists in Merseyside, and Getintothis’ Danni King has all the details.
The Liverpool International Music Festival may have been cancelled this year, but that hasn’t stopped its music talent initiative, LIMF Academy, from continuing to support local, up and coming artists.
The LIMF Academy is aimed at bands, artists and producers across Merseyside, in order to give them exclusive opportunities in the music industry – such as monthly masterclasses, free rehearsal time and bursaries.
Usually, the main opportunity on offer is to perform at LIMF itself, but obviously for this year it can’t be done.
So, while live sessions continue to be put on hold, the Academy has found new ways to allow musical talents to benefit from being a part of this year’s cohort.
LIMF Academy has recently released Season 1 of the LIMF Academy Lockdown Collab Series, which sees past and present Academy members collaborate using software such as Zoom and Facetime, in order to create and release a brand new song.
The series produced six brand new tracks, which have been supported by both national and regional radio stations. The Lockdown Collab Series has allowed musicians to continue to create new material despite lockdown.
The Academy‘s Programme Director, Yaw Owusu, stated the importance of this: “It’s been critical that during this time we continued to encourage the artists to create, articulate and connect. I’m so proud of the fact that these artists haven’t necessarily worked together before, so in a time of social isolation, they have actually made new bonds and created some incredible music.”
Alongside the series, the LIMF Academy has also launched a set of new songs produced by four of their own artists, Tee, Remee Corry, Michael Aldag, and New Junior.
The four musicians visited Portugal in 2019, taking part in writing sessions, cultural experiences and performances, as part of a local government cultural exchange.
One of the artists, Michael Aldag, said: “This was such a beneficial experience – to work with these other creatives and just focus on music for a time in such an inspiring space was great. I hope that during this time, the music we made makes people smile”
The music is available to download from LIMFAcademy.com, alongside a short documentary which details their trip and how it inspired the music they released.
Aldag also released a new record about class divisions, after receiving support from BBC Radio, Spotify, and XFM.
Recent LIMF Academy graduates have also continued to thrive during lockdown, with RVHEEM having just performed as part of Radio One’s Big Weekend.
Meanwhile, others have secured further career funding from organisations such as the PRS Foundation and Help Musicians.
The LIMF Academy has continued to support and allow its artists to thrive during lockdown, helping to develop the careers of Merseyside’s up and coming new talents.