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Fender champions future of guitar, reveals second-annual class of ‘Fender Next’ artists



Fender Next 2020 Amplifies Voices of 25 Global Artists Expanding The World Of Guitar, Introduces Their Music to New Fans Around the World

Girl in Red, Beabadoobee, Easy Life, Yola, Orville Peck, Black Pumas, The Regrettes amongst this year’s global roster

 

Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) today revealed its second-annual class of artists joining Fender Next, Fender’s artist development programme designed to support rising musicians that are expanding the world of guitar in music and culture. As part of the programme, artists get access to resources – such as Fender’s industry-leading guitars, amps and more – and the chance to share their story and music with Fender’s millions of fans worldwide.

For over 70 years, Fender has championed musicians who push the boundaries of guitar forward and Fender Next represents the iconic guitar-maker’s continued commitment to that legacy. The inaugural programme was met with much success, as members of the 2019 Fender Next class – such as Sam Fender, IDLES and Little Simz  – went on to become nominated for industry accolades around the world from the BRIT and Mercury Prize awards to the Grammys.

“It has been incredibly heartening to watch the Fender Next alumni – who we have often had relationships with since the very beginning of their careers – go on to enjoy huge success,” commented Neil Whitcher, Head of Artist Relations (EMEA) at Fender. “Fender Next encapsulates an elite of artists who are doing completely unique and brilliant things with guitar and bass but have one thing in common – they are all excelling in their respective fields. The 2020 class features some truly exceptional players and Fender can’t wait to support as their careers unfold.”

In 2020, Fender will expand the fan interactivity of Fender Next across several mediums. To accomplish this, the brand has launched a dedicated micrositeserving as the hub for all things Fender Next - from weekly updates on the program's artists, to tour and album announcements, and even news on upcoming Fender events. Along with these regular updates, Fender will spotlight one of the programme's 25 artists each week on the microsite and across the brand’s social media channels. These features will include live performance content, interviews, and gear recommendations directly from the artists. Watch and read the first feature on The Black Pumas here. Finally, Fender will continue to expand the experiential consumer touch points of Fender Next in 2020 by holding interactive live events across the globe that feature Fender Next Artists. To kick this off, Fender will return to SXSW 2020 at the legendary Mohawk in Austin, Texas to host live artist performances for fans.

This year's Fender Next group includes a batch of 25 rising artists from around the world and across genres, generations, genders and backgrounds that are expanding the world of guitar in music and culture. The global artists in the 2020 class were hand-selected by Fender’s best-in-class artist marketing team via an industry-wide submission process and span genres such as pop, country/Americana, R&B, hip hop, indie and alternative rock. This diverse group is more than 50 percent female and represents the face of guitar around the world with acts hailing from 10 countries across five continents.

Artists include: Black Pumas (US), Omar Apollo(US), Orville Peck (Canada), The Regrettes (US),Beabadoobee (UK), Dana Williams (US), Ambré (US), MIYAVI (Japan), girl in red (Norway), SE SO NEON (South Korea), Mdou Moctar (Niger), Skegss (Australia), Phum Viphurit (Thailand), Bones UK (UK), Easy Life (UK), Eliza & The Delusionals (Australia), Joy Crookes (UK), Katie Pruitt (US), Keshi (US), Leonardo Aguilar (Mexico), Madison Cunningham (US), Running Touch (Australia), The Marias (US), White Reaper (US), Yola (UK) and more. A full list of Fender Next artists, including their bios and headshots, can be found here. Watch the Fender Next sizzle video here.


"It was incredible to see so many Fender Next artists from our inaugural group nominated for awards this season, and we’re proud to have provided resources and supported them on their musical journey,” said Fender CMO Evan Jones. "This new class of artists has taken guitar in a new, innovative direction, and Fender is proud to support their advancement to the next phase of their careers. These players show that guitar is alive and thriving in music, as it continues to be used in fresh, inventive ways across all genres.”

Aimed at supporting up-and-coming musicians, Fender will drive increased exposure for the new class of Fender Next artists through the brand’s award-winning content, advertisements, experiential marketing and social channels with approximately 9 million fans. Depending on the act, possible benefits include:
Select guitar, amp, effects pedals, accessories and audio equipment serving artist needs across the signal chain
Fender's industry-leading marketing efforts, including: social media promotion and takeovers and PR/communications support, as well as the opportunity to be featured in Fender marketing launches and ads
To bring fans even closer to their favorite artists, Fender will collaborate with musicians to develop social media/campaign creative content, as well as “Fender Sessions”  featuring intimate performances and conversations with artists reflecting their passion points and latest releases. That content will be distributed by exclusive partners, as well as on Fender social media and artist channels
Inclusion on official playlists through music streaming services, like Spotify®, Apple® Music and more
Inclusion of select artist songs in Fender's digital learning platform, Fender Play®, and new play-along platform, Fender Songs (United States-only)

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