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Edge Hill University is delighted to announce an exciting new partnership with Liverpool International Music Festival (LIMF).

The University has teamed up with the festival to sponsor the LIMF Academy, a programme set up to nurture young unsigned artists and give them the opportunity to perform in front of an audience of thousands.

The LIMF Academy, which takes place from Saturday 23 to Monday 25 August, will select 15 young bands, artists or DJs to perform on stage at the popular festival. The five ‘most ready’ artists, bands or DJs will then be invited to join an elite masterclass programme, offering priceless help, support and mentoring from music industry experts including BBC Merseyside presenter Dave Monks, Grammy Award-winning producer Steve Levine and the festival’s music curator Yaw Owusu.

As part of the partnership, Edge Hill’s very own record label The Label Recordings will mentor the five successful artists, offering vital advice and support on all aspects of their career in music. The five acts will then perform in a showcase event on campus at Edge Hill later in the year.

The Label Recordings is Edge Hill’s industry-led, not-for-profit record label which offers students hands-on experience in the hugely competitive music industry. Since The Label was set up by Edge Hill in November 2013, students from a variety of degree disciplines have been involved across all areas, scouting bands, producing singles, filming a music video, creating a fanzine, designing marketing materials and organising events.

Carl Hunter, Senior Lecturer in Film and founder of The Label Recordings said:

“As a university with our own industry facing record label, we welcome working with LIMF. Our Label has been a huge success putting the artists in touch with various labels, managers and agents as well as attracting national radio airplay for the two singles we released, while giving our students hands-on experience. We aim to help and advise bands who are starting to think about a career in the music industry. We have established a wonderful relationship between artists, students and industry and couldn’t be happier to be involved with The LIMF Academy.”

Yaw Owusu, the festival’s music curator said:

“I am really happy that we are working with Edge Hill University on this year’s LIMF Academy programme. Naturally both our aims are to support the discovery and development of talent, so this makes great sense.”

The LIMF Academy will also offer extensive free activities and workshops aimed at 13 to 21 years olds from Saturday 23 to Monday 25 August. The workshops, which are open to the public, will include singing skills, recording techniques, music production, DJing, drumming and free running dance.

Liverpool International Music Festival is one of the largest and fastest growing music festivals in the UK and attracted 200,000 visitors in 2013, its first year. The festival features global music icons as well as celebrated and cutting edge national and local bands and artists. This year the festival will feature more than 200 acts representing 20 countries with around 150 hours of live music, between Friday 15 andSaturday 31 August.

The August bank holiday weekend will see Sefton Park play host to LIMF Summer Jam and the LIMF Academy, both of which are free to attend.

Find out more about Liverpool International Music Festival 2014 here.

Find out more about the LIMF Academy in association with Edge Hill University here.

Find out more about studying Music at Edge Hill here.