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Moseley Folk announce bursary in honour of broadcasting legend


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Hello You! The Janice Long Bursary has been set up to support new and emerging artists. Janice, who tragically passed away in December 2021, was the regular compere  at Moseley Folk and Arts Festival. Enthusiastically introducing artists to the stage, while also catching up with them behind the scenes. 

Launching the bursary, Moseley Folk Manager, John Fell, said: “ We’ll remember her most importantly as an irreplaceable friend, but also for her genuine love of supporting new musical ventures and helping them get off the ground without wanting anything in return.

“For so many, Janice was the first to play a new demo, the encouraging smile in the front of the crowd at early gigs, and the key figure that got a new project going. She just loved and lived music, and that passion was completely infectious.”

“Which is why this bursary will be there to support up-and-coming artists – with the passion and infectious support Janice gave so many, including us.”

Applications for Hello You! are open now and close on 31 July 2022. They are open to unsigned artists in the Folk, Rock, Indie, Psychedelic and Alternative genres, who are based in England or Wales.

The winner of the award will receive professional recording studio time, an opening slot on Moseley Folk’s Second Stage in 2022 and a headline slot in 2023, along with a photo-shoot, biography and coverage on BBC WM.

Absolute Radio’s Danielle Perry (who is stepping in to compere at the Birmingham-based festival) added: “I sat next to her at lunch once at the Mercury Music Prize. She arrived, made sure she’d said hello to every person around the table, then proceeded to smile and cheer for every act who performed. One of a kind for sure.”

For more information on Hello You! The Janice Long Bursary, and how to apply, head to: moseleyfolk.co.uk/hello_you/


Written by: David Watkins

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