THE talent-spotter who discovered Lewis Capaldi has teamed up with University of the West of Scotland (UWS) to support promising new music projects.

Recipients of the Music Enterprise award will receive up to £1000 of funding, alongside a package of mentorship, and support and advice from Kingdom Management.

The company was founded by artist manager Scott Kirkwood, who launched the career of “Someone You Loved” singer Capaldi; paving the way for him to become an international success.

The shortlist for the award will consist of BA Commercial Music students who demonstrate strong entrepreneurial skills and have developed innovative concepts.

They will then front a Dragons’ Den-style pitch to Kingdom Management staff, who will select the winning projects.

Allan Dumbreck, BA Commercial Music programme leader, said: “This is a key initiative for UWS, and we really are delighted to be working with Kingdom Management on this award. While the funding will be incredibly helpful, the real prize is the mentorship and depth of industry expertise our students will gain from working with such a successful company.”

Scott Kirkwood, who is himself a UWS BA Commercial music graduate, added: “We look forward to identifying innovative future industry players from UWS, providing them with valuable feedback and support, and providing a local launch point for their professional journey.”