The talent-spotter who discovered singer Lewis Capaldi has teamed up with University of the West of Scotland (UWS) to support promising new music projects.

Recipients of the Music Enterprise award will receive up to £1k of funding, alongside a support package of mentorship, support and advice from Kingdom Management.

The company was founded by highly regarded artist manager Scott Kirkwood, who launched the career of “Someone You Loved” singer Capaldi; paving the way for him to become an international music success.

The shortlist for the award will consist of BA Commercial Music students who demonstrate strong entrepreneurial skills and have developed innovative concepts.

They will then front a Dragons’ Den-style pitch to Kingdom Management staff, who will select the winning projects.

BA Commercial Music Programme Leader Allan Dumbreck said: “This is a key initiative for UWS, and we really are delighted to be working with Kingdom Management on this award.

“While the funding will be incredibly helpful, the real prize is the mentorship and depth of industry expertise our students will gain from working with such a successful company.

“With artists like Aaron Smith, Catholic Action, Dead Pony, Rory James and Medicine Cabinet on their roster, the winners of the Music Enterprise award will be in the ideal environment to nurture their talents.”

Scott Kirkwood, who is himself a UWS BA Commercial music graduate, added: “As a company, we pride ourselves on spotting talent early, helping them to develop lifelong careers.

“We look forward to identifying innovative future industry players from UWS, providing them with valuable feedback and support, and providing a local launch point for their professional journey.”

The BA in Commercial Music at UWS was established in 2001, and has graduated more than 1,000 music professionals, who have gone on to become key players in the UK and Scottish music scenes.

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