Tŷ Cerdd & National Eisteddfod commission songs from 5 young music-creators of colour

National Eisteddfod and Tŷ Cerdd – Music Centre Wales – have announced CoDI Cân, a collaboration for 2021 Eisteddfod Amgen. Following an open call, 5 artists aged under 26 will be commissioned to write, perform and create a music-video of a new song in the Welsh language – for a fee of £500 each. Each artist will be asked to create their own response to the cultural landscape of Wales, through original words and music.

The opportunity is open to music-creators of colour who are Welsh-speakers or Welsh-learners
Participating artists will receive support and mentoring throughout the creative process:

  • Welsh-language/song-writing mentoring through the process will be provided by Lily Beau

  • Music/performance mentoring from Tumi Williams

  • Videography mentoring from Jonny Reed 

  • Tŷ Cerdd will provide support and coordination throughout the creation period


The resulting five videos will be broadcast online on Monday 2 to Friday 6 August (of Eisteddfod week).

How to apply

Submissions by email copied to both & must include:

  • Name / age / location / email address (you must be from a Black, Asian or ethnically diverse background)

  • Details of Welsh-language ability; if you’re a learner, tell us about your commitment to learning the Welsh language. We’re here to support you on your Welsh-language journey, so don’t worry if you’re on the nursery slopes

  • A paragraph on: what interests you about writing a song that responds to your perceptions of the cultural landscape of Wales?

  • 2 links to your music; does not need to be song – any music (in any language, if it includes text), and does not need to be professionally recorded

  • Video applications (as opposed to written) are also welcomed – just attach your video (maximum 5 minutes) covering the areas above to your email 

  • NB: applicants must be available for the kick-off and closing group sessions – 1400 on Monday21 June & 1400 Monday 26 July (other mentoring sessions will be agreed with participants individually)

Panel:  Tumi Williams; Lily Beau; Jonny Reed; Elen Elis (National Eisteddfod); Deborah Keyser (Tŷ Cerdd)


Submissions deadline  Friday 4 June, 1000
Decisions announced Wednesday 16 June
Kick-off group session Monday 21 June, 1400 
Closing group session Monday 26 July, 1400
Broadcasts during Eisteddfod week Monday 2 to Friday 6 August


With any queries, please contact both &