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What is the Young Promoters Network x Beacons Cymru Project?

Beacons Cymru is excited to announce the next phase of the Young Promoters Network (YPN). Founded in Rhondda Cynon Taf in 2010, the YPN has launched numerous careers in the music industry by developing key skills in sound engineering, event management, promotion, photography, and much more. 

 

YPN aims to empower young people by providing them with a new skill-set, increasing their career opportunities within the live music sectors whilst boosting self-esteem and confidence. Now the project is taking strides to become Wales-wide, helping more young people access live music.

 

YPN is offering six young people, aged 18-25, from across Wales, the opportunity to develop their skills as promoters, access new industry networks  and put on live music events. 

 

What the project provides; 

> Opportunities to develop new skills in live event management

> Funding to cover the costs of putting on an event

> Access to a new network of fellow promoters & other professionals.

> Professional training, mentorship, and one-to-one advice via the Association of Independent Promoters.

 

Overall providing the tools to begin their journeys as live music promoters, create new communities, and spotlight artists/bands within those communities. 

 

YPN knows there is no substitute for first-hand experience to help young people achieve and we are proud to provide that experience!

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PROJECT LEAD
Isabella Crowther

Isabella Crowther is a North Wales, Wrexham based singer-songwriter, music tutor, facilitator, and poet. Isabella holds a BMus in Popular Music from Goldsmiths University of London. Goldsmiths introduced her to the DIY ethos inspired by bands like The Julie Ruin, early Grimes and learned to record, produce and promote her own music. Blending together folk, nature sounds and ethereal noise to create crashing reverberative songs.

 

Not finished with DIY culture influencing her music styles she promoted events both in London and North Wales including Wrexham's North Wales International Women's Day festival. 

She has earned recognition for her work from The BBC, Horizons, Calon FM, Voicebox and freelanced for reputable organisations like National Theatre Wales, Focus Wales, Beacons Cymru, and Ty Pawb. 

PROJECT LEAD
Glyn Rhys-James

Glyn is a musician, sound engineer and music industry freelancer from Aberystwyth. He’s lived in Cardiff since 2016 after moving with his band, Mellt. Their debut album, Mae’n Hawdd Pan Ti’n Ifanc (2018), was awarded Welsh Language Album of the Year and shortlisted for the Welsh Music Prize the same year.

 

He studied at the University of South Wales, graduating with a degree in Sound Engineering in 2019. Since then, Glyn has worked with numerous up-and-coming Welsh language artists like Papur Wal, Adwaith, Sywel Nyw and Los Blancos. 

 

Glyn has been working with Beacons Cymru since March 2022 and he’s passionate about promoting the Welsh language and the incredible music scene that Wales has to offer. 

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