Talent Development Focus: Come Play With Me
Giving a different perspective on the 'New Year, New Me' slogan we all hear at this time of year, over the coming months we will be focusing on all things Talent Development, speaking to some of the great organisations across the UK about their brilliant work.
Kicking off this focus, we spoke to Leeds-based Come Play With Me and asked them who they are, what they do, and what’s coming up.
Hey CPWM! Tell us about your Talent Development Organisation?
Come Play With Me (CPWM) is a not-for-profit based out of Leeds that looks to support people locally into sustainable careers in music. We’re best known for our split 7” vinyl singles club and a bunch of stuff we do to encourage under-represented people into music – the tag line is ‘not just for the straight white beardy boys playing guitars’! We’re also a part of the newly-formed Yorkshire Music Forum, a collective of 5 Yorkshire-based artist development organisations.
What urged you to start Come Play With Me?
We set up in late 2015 and it was really in response to me running a label and repeatedly meeting young guys/gals who were clearly ridiculously talented but struggling lots to support themselves. They’d often get to a point in life where they were struggling with the challenges of a freelance musician’s lifestyle and would be considering jacking music in so we came up with the idea of CPWM to see where we could help.
What have you been up to over recent years?
We’ve released 12 split 7”s so far from mainly emerging artists in/around Leeds (Team Picture, ZoZo, The Golden Age Of TV, Mansion Of Snakes, Dead Naked Hippies etc.) and dropped in some slightly more established names here and there (Cinerama (The Wedding Present), Katie Harkin (Sky Larkin) and Her Name Is Calla.) We support the artists along the way with the release and have also released a couple of compilation CDs with all of this available digitally. We promote gigs locally with the odd one around the country, sometimes to promote the releases and other times just to promote the musicians we are working with. Everything is always cross-genre and we’ll work with whoever is creating the best music and has an appetite to promote themselves with us right now.
Most of the artists we work with are selected by a panel of independent judges from public call-outs that we do every few months. We did our first one these live earlier in the year with judges that included Roisin O’Connor (Independent) and Abbie McCarthy (BBC Intro/Radio 1.)
What’s coming up for you this year?
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