Credit: Kultur | lx

Kultur | lx – Arts Council Luxembourg has announced the laureates of the Global Project Grant 2022.

Created by music:LX in 2020 and taken over by Kultur | lx – Arts Council Luxembourg, the Global Project Grant awards a musician of each genre (pop / rock / electro / hip-hop, jazz / world, and classical / contemporary) every year. This grant aims to support the artist in the development of an ambitious medium or long-term project designed to stimulate his / her career through promotion, marketing and dissemination and acquire industry "know-how" along the way. Kultur | lx accompanies the artists and their teams at every stage of the project.

Following a call for applications, the selection jury, made up of Stéphanie Baustert (manager), Luka Heindrichs (De Gudde Wëllen), Florence Martin (United Instruments of Lucilin), Marc Nickts (SACEM) and John Rech (opderschmelz), unanimously decided to award the Global Project Grant 2022 to Francis of Delirium (in the pop / rock / electro / hip-hop category), Claire Parsons (jazz) and Francesco Tristano (classical / contemporary music).

Francis of Delirium

Commenting on Francis of Delirium, the selection committee said: "The artist's skills, talent and determination make her highly eligible for the Global Project Grant. In awarding this grant, Francis of Delirium will be able to develop her very promising project, which she depicted with great clarity and excellence, and would represent the best of the Luxembourgish music scene on an international scale. Furthermore, the recommendations included in the application fully demonstrate that the artist has a strong professional team, which convinced the Selection Committee to award the Global Project Grant for the pop/rock/ electro/hip-hop category to Francis of Delirium".

Jana Bahrich, the 20-year-old Luxembourg-based musician behind Francis of Delirium, stated: "I am so honoured to be the recipient of the Global Project Grant for 2022. The grant will give me the opportunity to take Francis of Delirium’s music around the world, playing as many shows to as many people as we possibly can! It will also give us the freedom to explore brand new creative ideas both in marketing and promoting our music".

Claire Parsons

The selection committee described the project submitted by Claire Parsons as "an original, innovative, and ambitious one with clear arguments", adding that: "All in all, this project would constitute a solid basis for Claire Parsons' future artistic career. Moreover, the participation of established international musicians in the project creates a channel that would potentially guarantee its export".

The project in question, entitled "The Aquatic Museum", is the new transmedia project and second album of Luxembourgish / British musician and composer Claire Parsons and Luxembourgish musician and app developer Laurent Peckels. The collaboration extends beyond European borders with musicians and multimedia artists such as Nicole Miller (US), the Q-Some Big Band (Belgium), painter Astrid Rothaug (Austria), music producer Charles Stoltz (Luxembourg) and game designer and developer Alex Greenwood (Luxembourg). The idea is to be transported into an imaginary, aquatic world that will not only musically but also visually and virtually guide its listeners through the different museum rooms. 

Francesco Tristano

Commenting on Francesco Tristano, the selection committee noted: "The presented project demonstrates true coherence of the artist's professional career. Furthermore, the record under consideration has a non-negligible potential for export due to its back-to-basics artistic concept and the fact that Francesco Tristano already has an established professional network. The Selection Committee would like to highlight the relevance of the media plan and the use of a community manager throughout the promotion of the album and has therefore decided to award Francesco Tristano the Global Project Grant for classical / contemporary music".

Francesco Tristano added: "I am humbled to learn that I have been awarded the Global Grant 2021 Kultur | lx in the classical / contemporary music category. The world of culture and the arts has undergone changes on a scale never seen before, so the grant is doubly important: it will allow for an additional effort in disseminating and promoting my new album On Early Music, to be released in February 2022. [...] The Global Grant will, if implemented strategically, take a decisive step forward".