Julia Bardo wins the Music Moves Europe Talent Awards 2021 

19 January, 2021

BIMM Institute Manchester alumna Julia Bardo has been crowned one of the winners of this year’s Music Moves Europe Talent Awards, representing her home country of Italy.

Hosted by Spice Girls legend, Mel C, the ceremony took place virtually on 15th January. This year’s judges included Huw Stephens, and last year’s Public Choice winner, Naaz. Alongside Julia, the 2021 winners were Inhaler, Lous and the Yakuza, Melenas, Sassy 009 and Vildá – representing all corners of Europe. Each winner will receive a monetary prize of €10,000, which includes a business support package.

Music is one of the most popular forms of art. It’s widely consumed and is a vibrant expression of Europe’s cultural diversity. There is a huge importance to celebrating European talent as the total percentage of music originating from continental Europe is relatively small, compared to that of America.

Music Moves Europe supports the European music sector and helps it grow and flourish. This award is designed to accelerate the international careers of upcoming artists and those who contribute to the European industry’s creativity, diversity, and competitiveness.

About Julia Bardo

Julia Bardo developed her talent in her father’s bar in Northern Italy before courageously moving to Manchester, where she blossomed as a solo musician. The industry quickly noticed her striking talent, and her debut EP Phase came out in March 2020 via Wichita Recordings; the label that previously represented Bloc Party and The Cribs.

Bardo’s music illustrates our constantly changing world through diary-like observations. She’s influenced by the Italian 60s music she grew up with and modern heroines like Cate Le Bon, Angel Olsen, Aldous Harding, Sharon Van Etten and Weyes Blood. Last year, we were lucky enough to have her join us on the BIMM stage at the Great Escape Festival 2019 in Brighton.


We’re super proud of Julia and all our alumni’s achievements. Discover all our student success stories and get inspired. You can also check out Julia’s latest project here.

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