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Support for Creatives

Breaking into the industry

Music is what we do. And collaboration is at the heart of cultural life in Bristol. We want our programme to be as cutting-edge and diverse as the city we’re proud to call home. But to achieve this, we need to develop opportunities for talent to thrive, so we can support our city’s creatives and help keep Bristol’s vibrant music scene alive long into the future.

Since 2016 Bristol Beacon has been collaborating with the local and national music industry through workshops, masterclasses, showcases, commissions and co-curation.

The positive outcomes of these programmes has led to the development of exciting new initiatives, aimed at the different stages of creative careers and we have seen the huge success of our Multi-Track and FLOW programmes, together with our Bristol Takeover showcase and Terrace Session partnership events.

Our next set of opportunities as part of our ongoing support for creatives includes Future Proof – our flagship mentoring programme for 18-25 year olds. It’s the first new initiative we are proud to launch in 2022 and more will be announced soon.

Future Proof is our flagship mentoring programme for the next wave of 18-25 year olds ready to make moves in the music industries.

Running for the first time in 2022/23, this first Future Proof collective will be with us for 18 months and during this time, our aim is that both the members of the collective and our organisation will learn, develop and change in ways we couldn’t have done otherwise.

Future Proof members will be supported through advice and guidance from industry professionals, have resources at their fingertips to expand their practice and be given the tools and experience to connect and collaborate with other like-minded creatives.

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NEXT LEVEL offers Bristol artists aged 18-25 the chance to gain studio experience over the course of one week and the potential opportunity to perform live at Love Saves The Day.

Co-produced by Big Team and Bristol Beacon, and partnering with some of Bristol’s biggest names in music – Love Saves The Day, Pirate Studios, Crack Magazine and SWU FM, this is an opportunity for young artists to get experience and advance their artistic career.

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“The guidance I’ve received working with Bristol Beacon has been incredibly valuable. Its provided a creative framework through mentorship, workshops and lectures that allows me to make my next steps with confidence and a sense of feeling more informed. To be involved has been a privilege.”

Solomon O.B, Home-Grown Heat programme