Resident Music-Creator / Crëwr Cerddoriaeth Preswyl
(Weston Jerwood Creative Bursary Fellow / Cymrawd 2021)
Tŷ Cerdd – Music Centre Wales – is delighted to announce the appointment of Kiddus Murrell to their staff team as Resident Music-Creator.
Kiddus is a 23-year-old singer, producer, multi-instrumentalist and visual artist from Cardiff. Committed to his community of Grangetown and Butetown, Kiddus has been performing music locally for most of his life, and began releasing his own brand of experimental R&B four years ago, since when he’s been building a dedicated fanbase internationally. He will join the Tŷ Cerdd team for a year from 12 April.
The Resident Music-Creator role is supported by Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries (WJCB) – a UK-nationwide initiative to support early-career creatives from lower socio-economic backgrounds to forge careers in the arts sector, where they remain significantly under represented. 50 “Fellows” are in place in creative organisations across the UK – seven within Wales – and given support to build careers in the arts. Alongside a staff role within a creative organisation, the Fellows are given mentoring and professional development through the WJCB programme.
Kiddus said: “I’m really excited about this new role. My experience of being Welsh is influenced more than anything by my black and Asian heritage and the communities around me – and working with Tŷ Cerdd to enable creatives who are less-well represented in the Wales arts scene is really motivating to me.”
Deborah Keyser, Tŷ Cerdd’s director said: “We were bowled over by Kiddus – he’s a remarkable artist, with such an infectious energy, and his passion for supporting the voices of his community to be heard is central to his practice. We’re committed to broadening the reach and the aesthetic of the work we develop and support, and Kiddus promises to play an important part in that work over the next year.”
Tŷ Cerdd works across genres to promote and celebrate the music of Wales – adopting the slogan “if you’re making music in Wales, it’s Welsh music”. The organisation received 79 applications for the Resident Music-Creator role, which was open to musicians of any genre. The five other shortlisted applicants are being offered mentoring and other support as a legacy to their applications, and the remaining 73 have been invited to engage with Tŷ Cerdd’s other opportunities, which range from online workshops to creative pathways.
The cohort of seven Wales WJCB Fellows will be additionally supported by their host organisations to network and collaborate with one another. The Wales hosts are: Artes Mundi; Common Wealth Theatre / National Theatre Wales; Ffotogallery; Rhondda Cynon Taff Theatres; Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru; Tŷ Cerdd and Welsh National Opera.