Pirate Studios launch Gig Opportunities for emerging Artists

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The international studio group have announced a new partnership which will see them team up alongside 28 festivals and venues in the UK, US and Germany to offer over 70 paid gig opportunities.

This is the latest initiative to be launched by Pirate as part of their residency programme which will see them seek to offer opportunities for live performance at a number of festivals and venues globally in a bid to improve access and inclusion within the music industry.

This announcement comes off the back of a study which the group conducted and concluded that festivals are booking fewer new acts each year.

Rebecca Mason Evans, Pirate Residency lead has reflected on these findings.


“Many live events operate with tight margins, but emerging acts performing at profit-driving events without a fee isn’t sustainable for the artists. We’re working with all of our partners to make sure every gig we offer is paid.”

Pirate have also partnered with a number of radio stations to ensure airplay for artists registered with the programme in which they are actively seeking new participants for. Partners for the scheme include Boomtown, Cross The Tracks, Festival People, Sneakersnstuff, Truck and Mint Festival.

Pirate has received over 1,000 submissions to their Summer Residency programme so far, 70% of which are from male artists. Pirate strongly encourages female and gender nonconforming artists to apply before the deadline on March 27th.

So far, more DJs have applied for the scheme than any other discipline (over 30% of applicants). Only 6% of applications come from MCs and 24% come from bands. Artists of all disciplines and genres are eligible, applicants must simply select the relevant opportunities when applying through the dedicated page HERE.