supported by Wales Millennium Centre

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During two periods of artistic retreat, 6 lead artists from Wales and beyond – bringing with them range of genres, backgrounds and lived experience – support 8 participating music-creators to explore their own artistic practice through collaboration.


The pathway has 3 parts:

  • Retreat 1  2 days (& nights) in a rural mid-Wales location (near a train station – we’ll help with transport and cover the costs) in which all 14 artists explore their own artistic practice while collaborating with others – with lead artists providing support, advice and inspiration for the participating artists. There’ll be space, food, warmth, comfort, en-suite accommodation – and most importantly artists who want to explore, play and try new things.

  • Remote follow-up sessions with artistic leads in the intervening month by email / Zoom / WhatsApp etc

  • Retreat 2  2 days (1 night) in Cardiff (WMC; hotel accommodation provided) – continued exploration with fellow artists, with potential for recording work in our Tŷ Cerdd Studio.



  • Retreat 1  Friday 4 March 2022 (arrive late-afternoon) to Sunday 6 March (depart afternoon) – nr Llanidloes (mid-Wales)

  • Retreat 2  Saturday 2 April (start 1100) & Sunday 3 April (depart c.1700) – Cardiff

 NB: Applicants must be available for all dates & sessions



Tŷ Cerdd will pay a bursary of £500 to each participating artist (plus travel & accommodation & food)



  • Catrin Finch – multi-genre composer & harpist  Welsh speaker

  • Eädyth – soul/jazz/RnB electronic music-creator  Welsh speaker

  • Lady Nade – folk / Americana singer-songwriter

  • Mr Phormula – beat beat-boxer / rapper / live-looping artist  Welsh speaker

  • N’famady Kouyaté – music creator / balafon master; Artistic Director of Successors of the Mandingue

  • Rowland Sutherland – flautist, composer, arranger, bandleader and educator


  • Genre  Applicants from any musical genre are welcomed.

  • Welsh music-creators  If you’re creating original music and you’ve been based in Wales for at least a year, you’re eligible.

  • Diversity  We are keen to receive applications from individuals who are under-represented / have faced neglect or exclusion from the arts community; we particularly welcome applications from disabled people, Black, Asian and ethnically diverse people, LGBTQ+ people, and people from lower socio-economic backgrounds.

  • Welsh language  3 of the 8 places are ringfenced for Welsh-speakers; the use of Welsh (artistically and socially) will be welcomed during the retreats – we will seek not to create silos between Welsh and non-Welsh speakers, but to encourage collaboration and dialogue.

  • Young people  4 of the 8 places places on CoDi Self pathway are ring-fenced for individuals aged 18-25.


  • Deadline for applications: 1000 Friday 10 December

  • Apply through our online portal, where a simple application form asks for contact details, etc, and includes two questions that require free-text answers. NB: you cannot save details in this form, so please have your information and free-text answers pre-pared when you are ready to submit your application.

  • Each application must include 2 links to your music (nb: please do not send sound files). If you need help creating links, please contact Ethan (

  • We are happy to accept video applications: in your video, please answer the same two questions framed on the application form and submit your video with your completed upload form (nb: your video should be no more than 3 minutes long).

  • If you need help completing the upload form, please contact Abby ( who will assist you with the process.

  • If there are any barriers to your applying or participating that you would like to talk to us about, please contact Deborah (, who will be happy to discuss your any queries with you.

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