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Supporting the next generation
of young black, asian and diverse
artists and aspiring industry professionals
We are delighted to bring you Rip It Up, a bespoke bursary programme supporting 10 Black, Asian and diverse artists and aspiring industry professionals aged 18-25 to make an impact on the music industry. 

Rip It Up excitingly welcomes project leader and industry innovator Yaw Owusu (The Playmaker Group), including speaker sessions from Seye Adelekan, (Gorillaz), breakthrough rock favourites Nova Twins, Vanessa Bakewell - Global Client Partner (Facebook), Achal Dhillon - Managing Director of Killing Moon (home to Marsicans and Bad Nerves), Liam James Ward of Be-Hookd Digital (The Wombats, The Script),  Pierre Hall (Speedy Wunderground), Chi Chi (Sony Music Publishing), Ben Wynter (Unstoppable Music Group), Tanyel Vandhettin (Eleven Management), Simon Pursehouse (Sentric Music), Remi Harris MBE, Nike Durosaro (Big Drum Entertainment).

Over the course of 6 months, young creatives on the Rip It Up programme will immerse themselves into informative sessions including social media, getting gigs, recording & production, publishing, radio and press, strategy and campaign management, funding and how to build an effective team.

The 10 selected applicants will receive extensive support from the very beginning of the programme including training and mentoring. Aspiring industry will do a paid placement within a creative business to kickstart their experience. Artists will receive funding to go into the studio to record a single and promote the release.

Rip It Up is for Black, Asian and diverse young people from across the North West, aged 18-25.

This project is supported by Youth Music Incubator Fund, thanks to funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery