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A unique scheme that helps musicians afford release quality recordings has been extended for 2011. Applications are now invited from UK artists and bands for 0% loans of up to £5000 that are exclusively available to record at Astar Studios, owned by international writer/producer Andy Ross, whose recent credits include being among the 2010 Mercury Prize ‘Albums of the Year’.

Announcing the decision Andy Ross told us, “As the current economic climate bites, arts funding is cut and vat is increased, we are delighted to continue to support the growth of the independent music sector, by offering a viable and affordable alternative to fund and spread the cost of artist projects. This keeps the door open for artists, bands and independent operators to access hi-end recording and make the best possible record.”

Located in Heywood, Lancashire, with nearby residential facilities, Astar Studios attracts clients from throughout the UK and boasts one of the most highly regarded live rooms in the country, renowned for its outstanding acoustics and a groundbreaking system that can physically change the soundscape. Equipped with the latest state-of-the-art digital control room technology and a relaxing chill-out area, the studio also offers artists a one-stop solution to engage directly and test release in the market, with support from experienced music industry associates.

The 0% loans available from Astar Studios are subject to status, can be repaid over a maximum period of 2 years and taken out directly by either the artist or a third party on their behalf.

Recently featured on top producer site Andy Ross opened Astar Studios in April 2008 and has been flat out since, writing for and producing an eclectic mix of pop, rock and jazz projects, including the highly acclaimed ‘Yamaha New Jazz Sessions’ CD series featured by Jazzwise and  ‘Golden’ by the Kit Downes Trio that received 4 stars from the Guardian and Observer jazz critics and was shortlisted for the prestigious 2010 Mercury Prize, alongside artists such as Dizzee Rascal, Paul Weller and overall winner The XX.

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