Professional Development

Trac Cymru works with performing artists to develop our emerging folk scene at a professional level.

Our current professional development work is focusing on Avanc, the Youth Folk Ensemble of Wales, which features some of our most promising musicians of the next generation of professionals, and on developing professional training on behalf of Creative & Cultural Skills.

In the past, we’ve run professional development residential courses, performance development days, mentoring and more:

  • Training and development for an invited group of emerging professional musicians which included mentoring, showcasing opportunities, and workshops in

– Touring, Gigging & Developing Your Audiences – Strategies and case studies for both UK & international

– Integrity and authenticity: Welsh music beyond Wales, the Language Gateway, and different approaches to export

– Building your team – How to build a support network at all points in your music career

  • Aur training days – over three years we ran many one-day workshops in music industry skills, open to any folk performers who wished to learn: stagecraft, live sound, social media, technical/logistics, and marketing/branding
  • Music days, open to all – songwriting with Martyn Joseph, arranging folk music with Sioned Webb
  • Training for tutors – expanding musicians’ ‘portfolio career’ possibilities through Handing It On courses and our Community Folk Music Tutor training course, developed in collaboration with Community Music Wales.