Since its creation in tandem with the Liverpool International Music Festival in 2013, the award-winning LIMF Academy has seen around 5,000 burgeoning artists attend workshops and seminars, as well as perform at a variety of events. We have watched the dozens of artists who make it onto the programme go on to sign recording and publishing deals, work with pre-eminent producers and open for worldwide superstars – providing a balance with opportunities for young artists outside of London.
For the 2021-2022 programme, the LIMF Academy has furthered our mission, growing the annual alumnus from six to ten artists, and offering more guidance, life coaching, music making and collaboration than ever before. This on top of the usual career investment, mentoring, education and development programme and performance opportunities.

AMBER JAY

AMBER JAY

Born and raised in Liverpool, Amber Jay balances delicate vocals with experimental production, meshing cinematic storytelling with artful pop.

Aided by producer Kurran Karbal her debut EP, Never Too Far from a Dark Thought received support from Huw Stephens. The EP saw Jay and Karbal take her initially acoustic songs and evoke Billie Eilish and The Japanese House.

LAZYGIRL

LAZYGIRL

Combining dreamlike melodies with down-to-earth lyricism exploring mental health, femininity and LGBTQ+ identity, Lazygirl is a bedroom pop, multi-instrumentalist with a lot to say.

Though tied to womanhood and mental health, there is an element of escapism in her music. It is both realistic, and fantasist, as if acknowledging the darkness, but refusing to wallow in it. There is always hope and optimism on the horizon.

NI MAXINE

NI MAXINE

Ni Maxine is a Neo-Jazz Singer-Songwriter; a black woman navigating the modern world and exploring themes of home, identity, self-esteem and belonging. It is a testament to Ni Maxine’s talent that so soon after taking her art seriously, her song Justice was selected as BBC Radio 1’s Tip of the Week.

Her message is clear; “I want to inspire young people who are having (or had) a similar experience to what I had, growing up, and cultivate community. The algorithm divides us, but we are more powerful when we are united.” 

DAYZY

DAYZY is a rapper and singer-songwriter with a unique, raw, melodic sound that mixes lo-fi, boom bap, trap, grime and afro.

DAYZY represents the underrepresented; being a black, Liverpool rapper who brings a rare, Scouse, energetic presence to the stage and through his music. His material, identity and performance is a statement to the world.

HANNAH MORGAN

HANNNAH MORGAN

Hannah-Morgan is a Bristol born-Liverpool based artist influenced by true pop princess artistry and an upbringing on RnB, garage and gospel. Hannah uses her early found love of lyricism and an undeniable flair for harmony to write about all things young adult – falling in and out of like, learning to love and nurturing the growing pains from her stormy adolescence.

CURES AND CURSES

CURE AND CURSES

In a homogenous music climate, true originality can be hard to come by; an unfortunate truth, but one which makes the arrival of Cures and Curses all the more exciting. Emerging from the grey area in between the alternative and the mainstream, 23 year old vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Aaron Akpojaro – the man behind Cures and Curses – finds himself pioneering a sound as unique and refined as it is ready for global domination.

SUPERLATE

SUPERLATE

On bombastic soundsystems or teeny bluetooth speakers, the best things happen Superlate. This Liverpool based producer builds a world of nightlife inspired sounds fused together in a slick production. Bred in the seaside paradise of Cornwall, his coastal upbringing is unmissable: drenched beachside melodies with infectious grooves to match the hustle and bustle of the city he now calls home. Mixing global party culture with crisp ear worming pop, this 22 year old producer crafts records filled with soul, drums and bass. 

ALEXNDER

ALEXNDER

ALEXNDER is a 17 year old singer-songwriter and artist from the Wirral. From getting guitar lessons at age 12 to utilising online videos to teach himself,  ALEXNDER has matured from a typical singer-songwriter’ to more of an Indie Popand Synth Popartist.

PHILLY D

Philly D is a rapper known for his Drill, Afro-swing and Afro beats sounds mixed with UK rap.

His music is mainly inspired by J Hus, Headie One, Lauryn Hill and also Santan Dave. Other influences include old school hip-life and hi-life music, originating from Ghana.

VAUNCE

VAUNCE

In the space between party and blood pact, Vaunce is a non-binary artist drawing influence from Industrial, Rave, Hip-Hop, and classic Pop songwriting in pursuit of hyper-fictionalised confessional art and poetic emotional activism. Notable influences include Nine Inch Nails, Dorian Electra, Grove, Joni Mitchell and The Prodigy.