MusicTT's General Manager, Melissa Jimenez with the Cohort 3 Spotlight Artistes. (Image courtesy MusicTT)

The Trinidad and Tobago Music Company Limited (MusicTT) has launched its annual open call for artistes and instrumentalists who are interested in being a part of cohort 5 of its Spotlight Programme.

MusicTT’s Spotlight Programme seeks to identify artistes and instrumentalists who have the potential to advance in the music industry and equips them with the knowledge and tools to leverage their creative talent on the local and worldwide market.

An official statement from the company explains that an independent panel of industry professionals will collaborate with MusicTT to transparently select six (6) musical artistes to be a part of cohort 5 of the Spotlight Programme.

“The selected artistes will then go through a series of workshops and training courses that will cater to their developmental needs including, but not limited to, vocal/ instrumental training, stage performance, brand and social media strategy, styling and EPK development,” MusicTT says.

Spotlight launched its very first intake in December 2017 with the selection of 10 artistes by international judges. To date, three cohorts totalling 27 artistes have successfully completed Spotlight. The current fourth cohort of six artistes are still undergoing training until their final Showcase. Spotlight artistes have successfully secured international performance opportunities, tours, album launches and sync opportunities.

Melissa Jimenez, General Manager, MusicTT, reports that this year, the artistes of cohort three also released their first EP titled ‘Project Spotlight’.

Jimenez notes that MusicTT, along with industry titans Darryl Gervais and Jhay C of HCL, one of Australia’s most successful Urban Pop producer/writers, produced the eight-track EP ‘Project Spotlight’ which is currently available to the public via various streaming platforms.

“We strongly encourage our local artistes and instrumentalists to register for this capacity-building, opportunity-creating and life-changing Spotlight Programme. MusicTT is committed to ensuring that our talented stakeholders get the assistance and support they need to take their craft to the next level. We are also committed to the continued advancement of our past and present Spotlight artistes and look forward to discovering what Trinidad and Tobago has to offer and sharing it with the world,” the MusicTT general manager said.

For more information on the Spotlight Programme, or to sign up, visit www.musictt.co.tt/spotlight, or follow @musicoftt on Instagram and Facebook for updates.