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Funding secures a sound investment for new music venture

12 April 2016

A new recording studio has opened its doors and is searching for local musical talent in South Wales thanks to joint support from Bridgend County Borough Council and Tata subsidiary UK Steel Enterprise.

Run by singer songwriter Paul Edwards, Resonance Music Studio on Brackla Industrial Estate, Bridgend has been refurbished as a practice space and recording studio for bands and musicians. The business also goes out into the community recording choirs and other performers.

The well-equipped facility is available for hire to musicians who want to record their work, or hone their skills.

Paul said: “I am convinced there is a wealth of musical talent in South Wales and Resonance has been launched to help nurture it.

“Resonance has impressive international contacts, boasting links with recording labels and music licensing companies in Hollywood, Sweden, London and Moscow. These connections are available to my clients in South Wales to help them promote their work.”

As a part time music teacher at Heronsbridge School in Bridgend, he is skilled at helping musicians develop their skills and potential.

Resonance Music Studio received support from the council in the form of business advice, and a £700 grant from the Kickstart programme, which the council runs jointly with Tata Steel subsidiary UK Steel Enterprise.

Administered by the council’s Economic Development Unit, the Kickstart fund provides financial assistance to new start-ups and micro-businesses* within the first 12 months of trading.

The funds were used to buy amplification and other equipment for the studio.

Glyn Thomas of UK Steel Enterprise commented: ”We are delighted to be able to assist Resonance Music Studio in their launch. We are sure they will help foster what is already a dynamic music scene in South Wales.”

Councillor Charles Smith, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development said: “Resonance Music Studio is a another great example of how the Kickstart programme is providing a welcome boost to people in Bridgend County Borough who are looking to start-up in business but need that extra bit of support.

“To date the council and UK Steel Enterprise have managed to support 31 local businesses creating 35 jobs with 11 more applications in the pipeline.

“I hope that more people in the county borough will take some inspiration from Resonance Music Studio and consider setting up on their own.”

For more information on the Kickstart programme, visit: www.bridgend.business.gov.uk

Last Updated: 24/05/2016
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