Future Bubblers Music Discovery Programme

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Future Bubblers is a talent discovery and development project created in collaboration with Arts Council England

Future Bubblers is a brand new expansion of the Gilles Peterson and Brownswood Music ethos. It’s a talent discovery and development idea we’ve put together in collaboration with Arts Council England, with a real focus on making in-roads into new areas, geographically and musically across England

We are not limited by any style, genre or label. We want to actively seek out and assist some of the freshest and most innovative music makers from across England, and offer them a whole heap of support, mentorship & advice, profile & opportunities. Future Bubblers is about digging. The project will roll out across England, focussing on different key cities in each of the 3 years we’re active

We want to help the bigger picture too; a scene to support and nurture these artists is key. Helping local audiences to discover the hidden musical treasures buried deep in their city – putting together positive music experiences that leave behind vibrations for a scene that continue to support and value music from that city. This is not a one-off in-and-out do-good scheme; ‘Future Bubblers’ is about mentoring and development for the long term across the country. It is a country-wide ‘movement’ of like-minds and vibes

If I am selected as a successful candidate – what do I get…?

– an all expenses paid induction trip to London
– professional press shots
– professional bio written
– a pairing with an expert industry mentor specifically tailored to your needs and vision
– an Industry 101 day to break down and explain key topics on the “business” side of music
– Ableton intro session and additional one-on-one training session + access to software licenses and hardware
– an opportunity to perform at a London showcase event – plus other additional live opportunities as they come up/are appropriate
– feature track on a Future Bubblers compilation released via Brownswood Recordings
– filmed “Brownswood Basement” session and placement for online premieres
– radio play via the Future Bubblers x Worldwide FM show
– assistance with single and EP campaigns as they come up – across marketing / press / radio plugging

What About People That Don’t Get Through?

Just because you aren’t selected as a “Future Bubbler” does not mean that you cannot come along for the ride. There are many ways for you to remain part of the Future Bubblers story and benefit from the resources and opportunities. We will add all applicants to our mailing list and keep them up to date with local Future Bubblers activities and events. This will include things such as drop-in work shops / talks / panels in the focus cities / information on similar music opportunities. And plenty more besides… Of course this will all be on a first come first served basis so keep checking your inbox to register your interest! Future Bubblers is a family and we want to make sure as many innovative fresh music makers can benefit as possible. We also have a monthly radio show on Worldwide FM where we play up up and coming artists from across the UK. We’d be happy to listen to any music from up and coming artists for our show, just hit us up on hello@futurebubblers.com. NB: Please inform us if you do not wish to be added to the mailing list

What Is The Deadline For Submissions?

Applications for the latest round of Future Bubblers closed on Friday 10th September at 11:59PM. Applications will re-open Summer 2022. Check on the website in the APPLY section to find out how you can get your music to us. Please make sure you sign up to the mailing list to stay in the know about all these deadlines and application dates.

Is My Music Right?

This is the hardest question of them all! Applications are not required to be of a specific genre. Our best reference is “outside of the box” so Future Bubblers music will usually tend NOT to be commercial and it will lean more toward the experimental, leftfield and probably an electronic tinged soul sound. We do a monthly show on Worldwide FM, you can listen back to any show on the Worldwide FM website to try and give you a clearer audio reference. You can also listen back to any of our Future Bubblers compilations, Future Bubblers 1.0, 2.0, 3.0 & 4.0. If you watch the animation we put together too everything should fall into place.

Do I Have To Be A “Musician”?

No. Future Bubblers is open to singers / rappers / spoken word poets / DJs / producers / beat makers / trombone players – if it’s the Future Bubblers’ sound, it doesn’t matter how you make it

What Will Happen If I Am Selected?

We are selecting a maximum of 10 candidates for each year of the project. These will be taken from across England [not exclusively from the focus cities for each year] TOTAL 10 candidates. Once you are selected we will get in touch with you to arrange an initial meeting/skype call, whichever works for you and begin to figure out who is best matched to yourself and your creative development as a mentor. This usually involves a bonding introduction trip to London. This is just the start of the journey! Future Bubblers offers each successful candidate a year of direct mentoring, so we want to ensure that your journey with us is steady and suitable. You’ll be given live music opportunities when and where appropriate, learn about how the music industry machine works and more importantly how it works best for you and your music. The Future Bubblers team and your mentor will be there along the way, as will your wider Future Bubblers’ family. We also want to encourage exchange and collaboration amongst the final Future Bubblers’ candidates. You will have direct mentorship with your industry mentor for 1 year – and then a support network from wider Future Bubblers family for as long as you’re hungry for it!

When Will I Find Out If I Am Successful?

We aim to inform candidates by late October 2020 with a public announcement to follow. So if we do pick you, you’ll need to be good at secrets. You will be contacted by email so please ensure that from the get-go you provide us with correct and complete contact details.

Do I Have To Be A Certain Age?

No. However, if you are younger than 16 we will need to obtain parental/guardian’s consent if are selected as a final successful “Future Bubblers” candidate

I Still Have More Questions. What Do I Do?

There’s a few options here. You can email hello at futurebubblers.com and we will come back to you as soon as we can. OR in the true Future Bubblers spirit, we want you to go out there and experience and enjoy music, which is best done in person. You can visit any one of our partner stores in the focus cities. Check the ON ROAD section on the website to find out where they are.. They are pretty clued up on all things Future Bubblers and should be able to help you out. You can attend a Future Bubblers event – these should generally be happening throughout the summer months of the application window where you can come and meet with us and ask questions face to face, and generally just talk about music and life. Again – check the ON ROAD section for details of these

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