Clwb Ifor Bach launch new enterprise to assist artists and music industry in Wales.

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The team behind Wales’ leading grassroots music venue have launched a new venture to assist both artists and the wider music industry in Wales.

Clwb Music is a brand-new independent music group established by the team at Clwb Ifor Bach in Cardiff. Initially consisting of an artist management team, record label and publishing company, its aim is to broaden the scope of the work done by the organisation and look at new ways to support the development of the music industry infrastructure in Wales.

“Over the last 38 years, Clwb Ifor Bach has been at the forefront of the live music scene in Wales,” says Chief Executive, Guto Brychan. “A focal point for the early career of new and emerging artists, the venue has been pivotal in providing key opportunities for them as they look to build their audience and hone their craft.

“However, we’ve always wanted to broaden the scope of our remit and in the months before the pandemic hit, we’d taken the first steps in establishing a management arm to the organisation. Once lockdown arrived, and our core activity came to a halt, we decided to further explore the options available to us.”

The management arm of Clwb Music already has two of Wales’ hottest bands – Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard and Panic Shack – on their books, with more to come over the next few months.

In addition, the record label will collaborate with up-and-coming Welsh artists, while the publishing arm of the company will look for opportunities for Welsh music to be played to a wider audience.

“Believing in and developing Welsh artists is the core to the ethos of Clwb Ifor Bach,” explains Guto. “And since 2015 we have been promoting more and more events, both at the venue and elsewhere in Wales, with the aim of providing a strong foundation from which new artists can flourish and develop.

“Clwb Music is a natural step to take this mission further by being able to take an active role in the careers of artists, championing the rich scene we have here in Wales and help bring Welsh music to the international stage.”

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