Besides regular radio shows and live appearances, one of Sian Anderson's many other roles in the music industry is as a mentor for the younger generation. We've already seen this at play with the FLOOR SIXX and One True Calling projects, and now she's launching a new initiative called Nexxt Up. The new project is designed to support and develop the careers of young women in the music industry.
Nexxt Up, which is supported by the Mayor of London, targets 18-24 year olds begins with a month of mentored workshops, writing camps and studio sessions in October. The work done in this first stage will end with participants recording an EP with the theme #BehindEveryGreatCity that will ultimately be released by Saint Music and Parlophone Records. Once all of that's done, the young artists will headline XOYO for two nights (Nov. 7 and 14) as a showcase. Then, on Nov. 23, there'll be one, big final show in support of the EP.
Sian explained: "Following on from FLOOR SIXX Music Academy, I was keen to empower more women and provide platforms, spaces and knowledge to those who need it. Black music is a great London success story; it is an internationally renowned sound with awarding winning artists but black women are still a minority within their own scene. Launching a music career is such a weighty task and without the right helping hand can be a real long, lonely and frustrating process. I want to make it an educational but enjoyable process and inject live music, live performances and live mentoring into the programme to cover as many areas as possible and encourage other industry executives to recognise and support the development of our women too."
Applications are now open. Head here to find out more and apply.