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One of the main aspirations of The Stinger Magazine is to help deserving, hard-working local acts, by mentoring fledgling music projects through the initial development and recording process and promoting more established acts outside of the region and across the UK and Europe.

We are therefore delighted to announce that The Hastings Foreshore Trust have kindly awarded us a grant in order to support two unsigned local music acts.

This fund will be split into equal parts in order to support two separate acts at different stages of development.

Core Development Fund

The exact nature of the support to be provided will depend on the needs of the act that is chosen, but in principle this will include: the recording, mixing and mastering of at least one song under the guidance of a professional producer; assistance in producing a music video in order to promote the song(s); the production of an EPK (Electronic Press Kit) and general support and advice on branding, website and social media development.

Concert & Touring Fund

The second half of the fund will be used to support a more established local act with a proven track record in live performance. The chosen band will be helped to schedule and promote a series of UK and possibly (northern) Europe live dates. The Stinger will assist with the scheduling, promotion and logistical costs (travel, accommodation and general expenses), and provide an experienced tour manager.

What we're looking for

In order to be chosen, you will need to prove that as well as being talented, you are ambitious, determined and proactive, which will need to be fully demonstrated during the application process, in order to satisfy the Submissions Panel and The Foreshore Trust, that the money has been wisely spent.

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