Routes South West is a consortium led by Bristol Music Trust that works with a network of venues, promoters, producers and artists to develop music opportunities in folk, roots, electronica and experimental both regionally and nationally.
The scheme works across all areas of the music business to enable exciting and innovative tours to take place; and provides funding to new and emerging musicians to deliver two to three regional tours per year.
Alongside this work the Bristol Music Trust are working with the South West Music School to deliver a training and mentoring programme for five South West based artists.
This programme aims to achieve the following goals:
Bristol Music Trust is very pleased to be acting as lead organisation for Routes South West. We are committed to making great music available right across the region and are grateful to the Arts Council for funding this exciting new venture
Louise Mitchell, Chief Executive Bristol Music Trust
I am delighted that we can support Routes South West to bring together venues and producers to ensure that the best left field music reaches audiences across the region. It is a great project to develop the talent of artists based in the South West.
Phil Gibby, Arts Council England’s Director for the South West
This project is a joined up approach by Bristol Music Trust and St Georges Bristol to develop audiences and raise the profile of classical music in Bristol. It involves an integrated programme of audience research and development, marketing and artistic planning and has been funded by Arts Council England. The project kicks off plans for a more collaborative way of working and culminates with the World Changed Festival in 2014 marking 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War.
The New Music Festival is a joint partnership between Colston Hall, St Georges, Arnolfini and Spike Island to present a weekend of contemporary and improvised music as well as related visual arts projects. With a focus on music composed in the 21st Century the festival will not only provide a platform for new work but also the opportunity to develop audiences across the venues.