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Dave Stewart And More Announced For Out Of FOCUS!
September 21 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
An event every day that begins at 9:00 am, repeating until 26th September 2020
International showcase festival FOCUS Wales, winner of Best Festival for Emerging Talent at the UK Festival Awards and recently shortlisted for a European Festival Award, have programmed a brand new digital showcase and conference event set for 21st-26th September 2020 as part of the inaugural Out of FOCUS Digital Conference.
In the first of a series of online events, the virtual showcase event will feature panel talks, and keynote sessions with industry professionals and special guests. Alongside this, the series will offer artists from Wales the opportunity to showcase their music to, and network with, representatives of the global music industry, and also offering access to support to help with their careers amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.
FOCUS Wales are pleased to announce that Eurythmics co-founder, award-winning singer, songwriter, musician, author, photographer, Dave Stewart will be participating in the event. Amongst his many accolades, Stewart co-wrote and produced every Eurythmics album alongside Annie Lennox. He has also produced albums and co-written songs with Mick Jagger, Tom Petty, Stevie Nicks, Bob Dylan and Gwen Stefani among many others. Dave has recently started working with upcoming Welsh artist Otto, who will be in conversation with Dave as part of Out of FOCUS.
Other speakers will include Henca Maduro (New Skool Rules), Rachel Almeida (Crack Magazine), Aly Gillani (Bandcamp), Alex Petropoulos (Songlines), Achal Dhillon (Killing Moon), Anika Mottershaw (Bella Union), Bev Burton (Black Deer Festival), Rob McGee (Empire Agency), Beverly Whitrick (Music Venues Trust), plus representatives from Arts Council of Wales, Help Musicians, Musicians Union, Wales Arts International, British Council, PRSF, and Creative Wales. To see all speakers announced so far, visit focsuwales.com/outoffocus.
Referring to the overall purpose of this new digital event and the future events that will follow, a spokesperson for FOCUS Wales described the project: “The intention of these new digital conference events is to become the hub for advice and assistance for the music industry in Wales. In the short term, as a virtual hub with online industry advice sessions and resources offered via a virtual conference and in the long term, to develop the hub to be a year-round resource centre available online and in-person to the sector in Wales. This will be via online panel sessions, one to one intensive advice sessions and online resources as well as organised industry sessions organised at various locations in Wales throughout the year.”
FOCUS Wales is supported by Arts Council of Wales and Welsh Government.