Prominent musicians selected as judges for Kingston's CirKT music development project have urged artists in South West London to sign up.

CirKT is calling for all musicians and venues from the area interested in taking part to submit a short application form on their website.

Entrants will have the opportunity to win a bursary for their music and get feedback and advice from some of the UK's biggest contemporary artists.

Successful applicants get the chance to perform before a stellar panel of music industry giants including: Novelist, Dave Maclean (Django Django), music journalist and creative, Chantelle Fiddy and Tom Baker (Founder of Eat Your Own Ears and Field Day festival).

Organisers said that an eclectic mix of artists have already been chosen, and highlighted CirKT's "ecosystem approach" as a way to combat the loss of venue spaces currently hamstringing start up bands and artists in London.

With entries open until August 18, there are still places available to receive a "once in a lifetime professional development, networking support and performance opportunities," a spokesperson said.

Up to three acts who sign up for CirKT will also get the opportunity to secure a bursary of £500.

Dave Maclean of Mercury Prize nominated Django Django (pictured) revealed his own excitement at being on the panel of judges for CirKT's call-out.

"I am excited to be a part of CirKT. I’m passionate about new music and the next generation coming through, so it’s going to be really exciting to meet the acts and hear some great new music," Mr Maclean.

Mobo nominated grime MC and producer Novelist meanwhile said he was glad at the opportunity to support the next generation of musicians.

"I’m a great believer in supporting new talent when possible.

"Being invited to be a CIRKT juror is both a fun and important way in which I get to do so," the Lewisham producer said.

RBK's own Portfolio Holder for Community and Governance, Andreas Kirsch, joined the industry greats in singing the praises of the new scheme.

Cllr Kirsch highlighted Kingston's musical heritage and also underlined the benefits for businesses in the borough.

"CirKT is a significant programme for Kingston, supporting both local creative talent and local businesses.

"Kingston has a rich music heritage and CirKT will be a great chance for local and visiting audiences to discover exciting new music talent, whilst providing a fantastic opportunity for local businesses to get involved, showcase musical talent and business at the same time," Cllr Kirsch said.