Future Yard announce new artist membership programme

Applications for Propeller are now open until August 2, with membership starting from September.

Future Yard, Birkenhead’s new 350 capacity community venue which has recently hosted socially-distanced gigs from Penelope Isles, Black Country, New Road and more, have announced a permanent programme to support new music talent across Merseyside and beyond.

Propeller is a new initiative for emerging artists, providing regular access to studio space at Future Yard and personalised mentorship support from leading industry minds.

Through this new artist membership scheme, Future Yard will work with early-career and established artists to help develop their work, build their audience and establish foundations.

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The Propeller membership also grants access to an in-depth programme of workshops provided by the Future Yard team and supporting professionals along with industry leaders, including representatives from Bandcamp, Redlight Management, Partisan Records, The Musicians’ Union and more.

The team at Future Yard L to R: Craig Pennington, Cath Hurley, Matthew Hogarth, Christopher Torpey (photo credit: Robin Clewley)

Project lead and mentor Cath Hurley said:

“Having worked with exciting and emerging talent for the past 15 years, it’s easy to spot where the disconnects lie in the pathway for regional talent who deserve to progress on to a world stage. Local scenes can often feel fragmented and disconnected within themselves, even before artists start working nationally and breaking out to international markets. Future Yard is creating a community where information and experience is shared freely and opportunities can be sought out and maximised in order to grow audiences and revenues.

“Enabling talented musicians to build a viable career is at the heart of what we aim to do, whilst creating a safe and inclusive space for musicians to truly be themselves. We want artists to feel empowered, in control and supported in a community that celebrates their individuality and personality. The wider Propeller team is packed full of professionals that inspire us and have achieved great results with special artists. I can’t wait to introduce them to our growing community of local talent. Music in our region is so special and I can’t wait to hear so much of it thudding out of our rehearsal rooms and on to our stage.”

Applications for Propeller are now open until August 2, 2021, with membership starting from September this year.

For full membership details and how to apply, visit the Propeller website at

Future Yard (photo credit: Robin Clewley)

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