The City Music Foundation has announced the five musicians selected for its 2017 artist programme.

Lotte Betts-Dean (mezzo-soprano), Eblana String Trio, Alex Hitchcock (jazz saxophone), Gwenllian Llyr (harp) and Rokas Valuntonis (piano) started CMF’s two-year artist programme in October 2017 and will continue to work with the CMF as their career progresses.

The CMF aims to turn exceptional musical talent into professional success by equipping outstanding musicians with the tools, skills, experience and networks they need to build and sustain rewarding and profitable careers.

Its two-year artist programme provides one-to-one business mentoring and tailored professional development workshops covering topics including tax and financial management, networking, presentation skills, agents, PR, networking and much more. The artists also have access to guidance from the CMF team and established performers, and will receive essential promotional tools such as websites, images and CD and video recordings, as well as help with new commissions and other projects.

CMF manager-director Clare Taylor said: ‘This year we’ve selected four soloists and one ensemble – they include classical as well as jazz musicians with talents and interests across a range of genres. We’ve already welcomed them to the CMF ‘family’ and are very much looking forward to working with them over the next two years to help identify and achieve some of their ambitions.’

Previous CMF Artists include the Foyle-Stsura Duo, Cordelia Williams, Samson Tsoy and Misha Mullov Abbado.