Event includes training actions, showcases, networking and conferences
Faro, a candidate city for the European Capital of Culture 2027, becomes the capital of music in Portugal on the 15th and 16th of June, with the first edition of South Music.
The event's mission is "to stimulate dialogue between local musicians and professionals in the music sector, namely programmers, editors, agents, producers and the media", points out the organization, in charge of the Municipality of Faro, of the Municipal Theater Faro and Faro2027.
This event is based on four main aspects: training and qualification actions for the selected musical projects; showcases; networking; and conferences, with themes, guests and moderators to be revealed shortly, at a press conference.
The entourage of participants and guests will be received by the organization of South Music and its ambassadors – Dino D’Santiago, Júlio Resende, Nuno Guerreiro, Viviane and Zé Eduardo, renowned musicians with strong connections to the Algarve.
“The musical projects in the Algarve have always had some difficulty gaining dimension outside the region”, says the organization, which decided to endeavor to “shorten the distances by creating a fluid communication circuit”, starting with the invitation to professionals in the sector to go to Faro and get to know some of these projects.
In this way, South Music "will contribute to providing artists with practical tools that complement their talent and help them achieve the visibility necessary for integration in the national music circuit".
Artists can now apply
To apply for the initiative, artists, whether solo or in band, must meet certain requirements, from the moment they present original creations and be Algarvians or residents in the Algarve, with the connection of projects to Faro being valued.
Applications must be submitted by April 30, 2021, by completing the form available on the event's website, where the full regulation can be consulted.
The projects will be evaluated by a jury panel made up of journalists Inês Meneses and Rui Miguel Abreu; by radio animator Fernando Alvim; by the director of the Teatro das Figuras Gil Silva; by the promoter, agent, manager and president of the APEFE board Sandra Faria; by the composer, musician and producer Renato Júnior; by Paulo Silva, programmer for Festival Med and Cineteatro Louletano; and by Nuno Saraiva, president of AMAEI.
The selected projects will have the opportunity to present themselves in a showcase format to participants in South Music and attend preparatory training actions, in key areas for the development of their artistic path.
In addition to the central objectives of the initiative, Faro2027 will present South Music Geração Cápsula, which seeks to reach creative young people aged 14 to 18, through a curatorial process that will allow the launch of a new generation of musicians from Faro and the Algarve.
After the event, South Music will continue as a platform, hosting videos, audios, information and contacts of the participating bands, functioning as a content aggregator and communication vehicle with the music industry.