This week marks the launch of CirKT, a packed programme of music events, industry conferences, support packages for local venues, digital resources and a New Talent development programme, all taking place from August to November in Kingston.
The loss of venue spaces is one of the biggest problems facing London’s live music sector and CirKT has developed an ecosystem style approach to respond to this. Kingston Council was awarded The Mayor of London’s Cultural Impact Award, and CirKT has officially launched its four-month music programme with its final New Talent Call Out, seeking the best of London’s music talent.
An eclectic mix of artists have already been chosen, covering genres from rap to acoustic guitar. There are still more places available to receive once in a lifetime professional development, networking support and performance opportunities plus a bursary of £500.
Successful applicants will have the chance for their music to be heard by a stellar panel of music industry giants including: Novelist, Dave Maclean (Django Django), Chantelle Fiddy (music journalist and creative) and Tom Baker (Founder of Eat Your Own Ears and Field Day festival).
We hand-picked 6 famous musicians all born in the Borough of Kingston.
Head over to our CirKT Music YouTube channel to see our artists performing live across Kingston, New Malden and Surbiton.
We asked our CirKT New Talent for their advice on what they’ve learnt along the way.