Fender has announced the Player Plus Studio Sessions, which will see the guitar manufacturer fund studio sessions with independent artists around the world across various recording studios.
Amidst lockdowns and social distancing, artists have been struggling for both inspiration and support.
This global programme seeks to fulfil the creative aspirations of independent artists around the world by getting them back in the studio and providing them with the tools they need to create their musical art.
To bring this programme to life, Fender has partnered with notable recording studios in the US, UK, Australia, Japan and Mexico to host Fender-funded studio sessions with engineers, offering a mixing credit, Player Plus gear and mentoring resources for winning artists.
Artists can apply here.
To enter, independent artists must submit either a recent single, music video or live performance to best showcase their talent and creativity. Instrumental acts, bands and solo artists are also encouraged and welcome to enter the Player Plus Studio Session.
In addition to earning valuable studio time, the winning artists will receive a one-hour consultation with Ari Herstand, CEO of Ari’s Take and author of the bestselling book How to Make It in the New Music Business.
Each submission will be reviewed by a panel of judges made up of noteworthy producers, artists, journalists and Fender executives.
These include Fender CEO, Andy Mooney, Fender VP of marketing and head of artist relations, Matt Watts, singer-songwriter and producer, Nile Rodgers, Grammy nominated singer-songwriter Ashley McBryde, Emily Kokal, singer and guitarist for the band Warpaint, singer-songwriter and lead vocalist/guitarist for Mercury Prize-winning and Grammy-nominated Wolf Alice, Ellie Rowsell, Joaquin Pavia Wakks, artist manager and CEO of Nakama Entretenimiento, director at Heartstop Music and secretary of the Association of Artist Managers, Alastair Burns, and more.
Headliner caught up with Watts to find out more about Player Plus Studio Sessions...