UPSURGE is an Artist Talent Development programme run by The Music Works, for musicians in Gloucestershire.

We’re working with 16 talented musicians/artists between the ages of 18 – 25, to help them advance their skills to a professional level, and progress onto a career in music.

Upsurge is giving thse musicians the opportunity and support they may not normally be able to afford or access.

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What does it involve?


Musicians/artist can benefit from up to three years’ support and development depending on career level, which will include mentoring, studio time, training, performance opportunities, and music promotion.


They will gain:

  • experience and skills in a professional music environment, creating and developing their own original music
  • access to multiple recording and rehearsal studios
  • knowledge of the business side of the industry, including help to protect their musical rights
  • support and development, signposting and contacts to further their musical career path
  • mentoring from music industry professionals
  • networking & collaboration opportunities with different musicians, artists, engineers, producers from diverse backgrounds across the county

Who can take part?

We are looking for artists who are any of the following: singer, rapper, beatboxer, musician (of any instrument), producer, engineer, poet and spoken word artist.

What are the criteria?

Artists must come from a Music Works pre-existing programme(s) or have used our community studio facilities at some point (Studio340 Cheltenham, SoundSpace Cinderford, or Studio 2 Guildhall Gloucester)

  • Be based in Gloucestershire
  • Be unsigned to a record label (agent and management is fine)
  • Be aged between 18 – 25

Other musicians or artists not selected on the programme can also benefit indirectly by working and collaborating with selected participants (i.e taking part in recording sessions, rehearsals, workshops, or performances curated by the selected musicians).


Singer Songwriter, Cheltenham


South-West duo BAAST bring dark, alternative pop; mesmeric synthesis and sound design intertwined with spoken word and soulful vocals. After a year of producing and writing together, they aim to bring a refreshing, brooding sound to the ears of listeners.


an artist taking inspiration from multiple genres and musical styles with a signature voice that’s stands out on even the most textured of instrumentals used. Mixing both vivid Story telling as well as subliminal lines that catch your attention a few listens in make the listeners experience one to look forward to, again and again.


EMZI creates melodic alt-pop characterised by moody synths, clean guitars and minimalist beats. Most notable about her music is her idiosyncratic vocals: EMZI has a distinct tone and an aptitude for strong vocal phrasing. For fans of BANKS, Låpsley and FKA Twigs.


Gloucester based Bass and Electronic duo music producers and dj’s


Alternative Rock band hailing from Cheltenham

Lead Guitar – Martin Whittemore, Drums – Laurence Clutson, Guitar/Vocals – Michael Whittemore, Bass – Tom Roderick


Introducing to you Griz-O, the freshest name in hip hop. An emerging artist, who not only performs to the highest standard, but covers all the bases in the game, from songwriting to spitting the freshest rhymes, Griz-O specialises in  real music, which everyone can hang on to and relate to. Versatile and creative, with an experimental edge, Griz-O is the freshest rapper you’ve never heard.


Gloucester based Hip Hop Producer/DJ


Luzzey formally known as Alluzeion is an up and coming singer, rapper and songwriter who was originally born in Guyana (South America) but is now based within Gloucestershire, UK. From a young age Luzzey was influenced by the diverse musical background that surrounded him during his childhood from Classical to Hip-Hop.


Spoken Word artist and vocalist


The Pink House, is a mix of indie rock, electronic and alternative soul. Her influences are Jeff Buckley, Radiohead, Wolf Alice and Lou Reed. She’s played many gigs around Cheltenham, Tewksbury, and London’s 121 venue in support of a few bands. And also done a few weddings.

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For more information about the programme please contact Malaki Patterson at