Musicians this is why you should apply for the LIMF Academy 2017

The Liverpool International Music Festival has done an incredible job of bringing world-renowned talent to the city, having been nominated multiple times for various festival awards. As good as the festival is at attracting big names, it also has a massive hand in helping some of our local talent one day turn in to those big names through the LIMF Academy. Applications are open to everyone from the city, as long as you are between the ages of 13 and 25 and are an artist, band, DJ or producer, but hurry because the closing date is this Thursday (27th April)

But why should you get involved? What does the academy have to offer? Well, let us enlighten you.

Perform at LIMF Summer Jam

Getting on the festival circuit is a must for any young, budding musicians. It gets you in front of new audience, opening your music up to a wider fan base whilst getting you some serious industry kudos. Where better to start than in your own back yard? LIMF is snowballing in to being a fantastic festival; one that is competing with the big boys, so being part of 2017’s Summer Jam is a kick-start to your festival career, and then some.

Perform at Regular Showcases

When you’re not performing around the festival circuit off the back of your incredible set at LIMF, you’ll be performing around the city at various venues as part of regular showcases hosted by LIMF. The festival does an excellent job of shouting about whom they are bringing through the ranks, before, and after, the festival itself. Regular gigging is obviously essential to any artist making their way through the industry, another thing that LIMF will take care of for you.

Exclusive Master Class Day

Last year saw LIMF team up with Radio 1Xtra to deliver a master class of epic proportions, with Chris Price (Head of Music at BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra) and Grammy Award Winning Steve Levine topping off an already brilliant panel. The master class gave incredible insight into the industry and advice for journey ahead. Past years have seen song writing and production workshops act as platforms from which our local talent can jump. Judging by how well the previous years have gone, 2017 is set to be bigger than ever for the LIMF Academy master classes.


Jalen N’ Gonda

Gigging and learning are two things that any upcoming artist should be constantly doing. However, it can be hard to keep your head up in such a tough industry. That is why the academy is so fruitful for bands and artists in our local scene, it provides a community on which to lean and support. Being around like-minded people has more benefits than I can state, especially when it comes to supporting each other in live and online environments. Get involved, get networking, and get applying.

12-Month Elite Talent Development Programme

This is the academy’s Piece de Resistance. The 3 ‘most ready’, will be chosen to be part of this lucrative programme, giving them the tools to kick-start their career in a big way. There will be financial investment in to your career, a live session for BBC Introducing and creation of professional press assets. As well as the regular master classes, there will be additional monthly master class sessions with industry leaders on topics such as marketing, promotion, performance, distribution, media training, funding opportunities and much more, along with year round mentoring by an industry professional. Think that is it? No. The academy will also grant you showcase opportunities to key press and industry in Liverpool, London and the wider country.

Xam Volo


The LIMF Academy has seen graduates such as Eleanor Nelly sign to Decca Records, XamVolo tour around the UK and played on Radio 1, as well as Jalen N’Gonda support Lauryn Hill at the Montreal Jazz Festival.

Entry into the LIMF Academy is done through an application process. To get involved simply complete the online application form here.

It is rare that opportunities like this come along in such a harsh game, and close this Thursday, 27th April, so make sure that you don’t miss out and we will see you at the LIMF Summer Jam.

For coverage from previous years and lineup news from LIMF 2017 head to our LIMF pages here.

More info about LIMF 2017 on the website here

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