Are you an emerging artist in Merseyside looking to progress your career in the music industry? Do you want to connect with industry professionals, receive one-to-one mentoring and have the chance to claim exclusive live opportunities? If so, Merseyrail Sound Station is for you.

The all new programme has been launched to give emerging local artists access to leading figures in the music industry and the opportunity to progress to the next stage of their career. The all new artist development programme designed by Merseyrail and Bido Lito! is launched to support Merseyside’s next generation of musicians. Sound Station will bring together an inspirational group of figures from across the local, national and international music industry to work directly with emerging Liverpool artists.

The programme responds to Bido Lito!’s research into Liverpool’s music sector with Liverpool John Moore’s University in 2017 which identified a need for much more structured, city wide support and development programmes for local artists.

Registration is now open for local artists to apply to join a cohort of musicians who will enjoy the benefits of a varied and comprehensive development programme.


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The programme will be based around three core components –

Studio Workshops 

These sessions are all about developing valuable and practical music skills, particularly around song arrangement and composition, challenging participants to think about new ways of working and developing their practice. Led by highly successful and experienced musical mentors from a variety of different genres, these sessions are designed to challenge our participants. The sessions are designed to be intense, challenging and valuable experiences for our aspiring musicians.

Artist-Led Masterclasses

These sessions are all about fuelling aspiration and enabling artists to visualise a pathway to the next stage of their development through the experience of local artists who have enjoyed a good level of national and international success. The session is designed to enable quality peer-to-peer interaction. Questions and discussion areas concerning management, live booking, record labels, publishing, brand partnerships and engaging the press will all be explored.

Music Industry MOTs

These sessions are all about positive and constructive feedback for our artists, from a panel of highly experienced and esteemed representatives from the national music industry. These include record labels, publishing companies, PRs, industry bodies, booking agents and artist managers. This feedback and targeted advice will take place across a series of one-to-one sessions and a large group workshop. This will be an invaluable opportunity for our musicians to hear from key figures in the sector.

Following the structured programme of support, Sound Station artists will enjoy a range of live performance opportunities, including the Sound Station Live festival at Liverpool Central Station, plus an exclusive opportunity to play high profile support slots with touring artists in Liverpool and beyond.

The deadline for applications is Friday 13th July with a cohort of participants being unveiled ahead of the programme beginning in August. For more information and to apply go to

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