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ARTIST DEVELOPMENT

Saffron’s artist development projects are run with the local community in mind. As a Talent Development Partner of the PRS Foundation, we currently run our artist programmes for people based in Bristol and the South West of England.

Nurturing emerging talent

Emerging women and non-binary artists are provided with industry mentoring, live bookings support, access to our music tech education programmes and opportunities to record and release their music. We aim to help artists grow their leadership skills, music tech knowledge and strategic vision to take full creative control of their music careers. Some of the artists we have worked with include Grove, Sarahsson, Ratiba Ayadi, Medis, Badliana and Mercy’s Cartel.

Empowering Black women and non-binary music creators

Our 2022-23 Artist Development project will provide three Black women and non-binary music creators based in South West England with the opportunity to embark on an exciting programme of personal development.

We aim to provide each participant with tools, opportunities and support to develop their careers. The project centres around a paid commission from Saffron, inviting musicians and recording artists to compose tracks in response to the topic of humans and technology. Find out more about the project and apply here.

PROJECT ACTIVITY INCLUDES:

  • A paid commission from Saffron
  • Funding for additional development costs
  • 1-2-1 mentoring
  • Music industry masterclasses
  • Saffron membership
  • Publicity and marketing
  • Showcase event
  • Residential artist retreat
  • Optional support with creative direction, workshops, and collaboration opportunities

The latest Annenberg report shows that less than 3% of professional music producers are women, with even more dire stats for Black women and gender minorities. This area of music tech is at the core of Saffron’s work and we have a long-term vision to nurture tangible change from all angles and increase these figures in the industry.

We want to lay deeper foundations for better visibility, representation and financial benefit for Black music creators in our area.

It is important for us as a company to use our platform to uplift the conversations around race within our city of Bristol and to use our resources to support Black artists, by offering an opportunity for creative reflection and to have their voices amplified.

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