So what exactly is LIMF Academy we hear you ask? Well, it’s an initiative aimed at improving the skill-set and career opportunities of emerging music creators from Merseyside, which reflects the cultural ambitions of Liverpool City Council. Ultimately, we aspire to regenerate the city using culture and arts.

It’s perfect for artists and bands between the ages of 16-25 from across Merseyside and gives those selected exclusive access to activities, networks and insider know-how from the music industry.


LIMF Academy Programme


Over 12 months artists and bands are offered:

  • Performance opportunities at Liverpool International Music Festival and other regular showcases.
  • Monthly masterclass sessions with industry leaders on topics such as marketing, promotion, performance, distribution, media training, funding opportunities and much more.
  • Free rehearsal time.
  • Membership to the Musician’s Union and PRS for Music.
  • Free global distribution of their music.
  • Mentoring, advice and signposting.
  • A bursary to help with their careers.


On top of this, for three of the most exceptional artists and bands from the cohort, the LIMF Academy offers a 12 month Elite Talent Development Programme, which includes:

  • Additional financial investment in their career.
  • A live session for BBC Music Introducing.
  • Creation of professional press assets – photographs, biogs and EPKs.
  • 12 months of intensive mentoring by an industry professional.
  • Showcase opportunities to key press and industry in both Liverpool and London plus much more.


Extra Activities

The LIMF Academy also produces podcasts and radio shows aimed at showcasing local music and sharing advice on how to achieve within the music industry. This year, the Academy launched its Industry Insight Sessions, which are monthly in-conversation events featuring some of the top music industry professionals in the UK. These events are attended by hundreds of emerging artists and music professionals from the city.


Get in touch & stay in the know

If you are interested in getting involved in the award-winning LIMF Academy, get in touch! Email the Academy team on academy@limfestival.com.

In the meantime, make sure you check out our Academy website dedicated to all things LIMF Academy. New releases from Academy artists past and present, live videos, all the latest news and loads of other cool stuff can be found on there…

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