Call out for talented musicians and new venues as Kingston launches its exciting music project ‘CirKT’

Kingston has launched its exciting music project ‘CirKT’ and is calling out for talented musicians and music venues to take part in a year long celebration of connecting artists and audiences.


Throughout 2019, there will be a programme of music events, industry conferences, a new talent development programme and workshops with focused activities in June (21-23) and November (25-30).

Successful applicants will have the opportunity for their music to be heard by a stellar panel of music industry giants including: Mickey Beans (La Roux) and Robin Turner (Turner and Hall Music PR, Heavenly Music PR). All selected acts will have access to performance platforms as well as professional production and marketing support. Artists wishing to take part in the initiative can be from Kingston and its surrounding areas including Richmond, Wandsworth, Sutton, Merton and Surrey.

The project is also seeking to partner with a wide range of venues in Kingston to showcase a dynamic, cross genre mix of new talent and established acts. Venues that would like to host a musical event can be anything from pubs, community spaces and halls, clubs, restaurants and local businesses. They don’t need to be an existing music venue, or have presented live music.

Funded by the Mayor of London as part of his London Borough of Culture initiative, Kingston Council was awarded £90,000 to celebrate its home-grown talent, rich music heritage, live music scene and the night-time economy.

Cllr Malcolm Self, Kingston Council’s Portfolio Holder for Culture, said:

“I am really excited by CirKT - it’s an innovative programme that will bring together Kingston’s creatives, businesses and communities. Kingston has a rich music heritage and CirKT will be a great chance for local and visiting audiences to discover exciting new music talent, whilst providing a fantastic opportunity for local businesses to get involved, showcase musical talent and develop new customers at the same time.”

Mickey Beans, La Roux’s Keyboardist, commented:

“CirKT is a huge opportunity for new music talent and it is just what London needs right now. I am passionate about supporting new music talent, especially in today’s climate and jumped at the chance to be a part of CirKT. I am proud to a selection panellist and can’t wait to meet the music acts.”

Deputy Mayor for Culture and Creative Industries, Justine Simons OBE, said: 

“We’re determined that all Londoners have the opportunity to experience the benefits that culture can bring to their lives. That’s why the Mayor launched his Borough of Culture programme to bring the arts to Londoners’ doorsteps. I’m delighted that CirKT will be building on Kingston’s outstanding musical history, and giving the next generation of talented performers their chance to shine.”

Kingston’s grass roots project is being led by Anna Doyle, whose experience includes directing the Reading-upon-Thames Festival’s cultural programme, which is part of Arts Council England’s ‘Great Places’ scheme and working as a Lead Creative Producer during the 2012 London Olympics.

Music acts and venues that express an interest to apply will hear if they have been successful by 31 March.

To apply, complete a short application form on by 9am on Wednesday 6 March. All applicants will have the opportunity to be considered for one of five spotlight awards which offers a package of support including mentoring from industry peers, artistic and business development, plus a bursary of £500.