Bodø artist receives largest music grant in northern Norway
Kristine Hoff (30), also known by the stage name MAUD, was named this year’s winner of Arctic Talent, the largest music scholarship in northern Norway, writes Arctic Talent in a press release.
The NOK 400,000 scholarship is awarded by Vår Energi in collaboration with the Varanger Festival.
– It is a huge recognition to be named Arctic Talent this year. I am incredibly grateful and honored that the jury has decided that I should receive this scholarship this year, says Bodøværingen.
With the funds now allocated to it, MAUD will continue to invest internationally:
– Among other things, I want to use it to launch my next album, as well as to finance a planned tour in Europe and Norway. The scholarship goes a long way to ensuring that I can continue to invest in an international career, in addition to giving me space and time to create new music.
Andreas Wulff, director of communications at Vår Energi, thinks she is important for the music of northern Norway:
– She works herself as a producer, composer and singer and creates electronic pop at a very high level. MAUD undoubtedly has great potential to reach a wider audience. It’s inspiring to find young musical talent with such a clear profile, direction and ambition. Artists like her help develop the musical life of northern Norway – the very heart of Arctic Talent.
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