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Welsh Music Prize returns

Welsh Music Prize, 2015.

Welsh Music Prize, 2015

Some of the finest music made by Welsh artists in the last year will be celebrated this month as the Welsh Music Prize returns for its fifth year

 The Welsh Music Prize, which was created in 2011 by Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens and music promoter John Rostron was originally launched to coincide with Sŵn – An extremely popular Welsh music festival which takes place every autumn.

John believes that it’s important to support all good quality emerging Welsh artists and aims to create good platforms, exposure and opportunities for them. He also stressed that the future for Welsh music artists depends on the support of bodies such as the Arts Council Wales and The Welsh government to show their support. “Without support I envisage a future with a reduced number of festivals and concerts being promoted for Welsh artists” John explains.

The Welsh Music Prize has a primary focus on promoting Wales’s long and proud music history and aim to successfully showcase its rich music scene. It’s a non-profit event in which any proceeds are invested in to the Prize and future events to support music in Wales. Gwion James, event and music manager from the Welsh band Roughoin explained, “The Welsh Music Prize is good for Welsh artists because of its exclusivity. There are so many amazing bands and artists in Wales that are unheard of so I’m glad the Prize gives them the chance they deserve.”

The Welsh Music Prize aims to be as successful as it was last year at Sherman Cymru

The Welsh Music Prize aims to be as successful as it was last year at Sherman Cymru

With a long list of nominees, the winner of the Welsh Music Prize will be announced on November 24 at DEPOT, Cardiff where the judges have the difficult task of deciding the winner. John Commented, “There are some really great albums vying for the shortlist too, the judges are going to have a tough job on their hands.”

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