We are delighted to announce the return of Rip It Up (Remixed): the bespoke bursary programme supporting 8 Black, Asian and diverse artists and aspiring industry professionals aged 18-25 to make an impact on the music industry.
The growing disparity when it comes to racial equality within the music industry remains a vital issue, needing to be confronted and addressed not just through words but with action. With Rip It Up (remixed), the teams at Sound City, sm-mgmt, Youth Music, CAPLL LTD and more have come together for a direct programme encouraging and pushing change - offering 8 important bursaries that provide the perfect nurturing framework for young talent to emerge and enter the music industry.
Combining an eight session education programme covering a string of vital areas within the current music industry (from campaign strategies, publicity, recording/production, music distribution, management and more) with an extended practical product - Rip It Up (Remixed) will provide the framework and opportunity for young creatives to immerse themselves with a rich knowledge of the industry they wish to enter. 8 selected applicants will receive extensive support from the very beginning of the programme, with a financial grant assisting in their studies - with the sole aim of discovering and providing opportunities for talent from across different communities and backgrounds the equal chance to engage and thrive within the eclectic music world.
Lending their expertise to Rip It Up are an array of artists, industry figureheads and experts all looking to give back to a new generation of music industry talent. From spotlight speaker sessions, to mentorship and debate insights and mentoring - this crop of individuals will be investing in the future in their own individual ways across the programme. Helmed by course leader and long-standing industry innovator Yaw Owusu
(Executive Manager of The Playmaker Group and involved extensively in the PRS Foundation/Power Up), talents from all corners of the industry will be offering their insights. From Kadeem France
, frontman of one of the UK’s most invigorating new rock bands Loathe
, Lily Fontaine
(lead singer of hotly tipped alternative newcomers English Teacher
), Ellie Best
(RCA Records), Liam James Ward
(General Manager of Something Something Social), Elli Brazzill
(Music Editor at Napster) and Mike Cave
(Mixing & Mastering Engineer who’s previously worked with the likes of Lewis Capaldi
, The Lathums
) to name but a few - Rip It Up promises to continue its undeniable legacy as one of the first programmes directly helping drive that call for greater opportunities and platforms for young Black, Asian and diverse talent to make that step into an industry crying out for greater diversity and inclusion.
In 2021, Rip It Up helped elevate tangible change within the music industry - with successful applicants taking their skills and expertise following the programme into placements within music journalism, artist management and industry bodies alongside artists securing record deals with famed independent labels such as Lab Records. Equipped with a greater understanding of the frameworks that exist within the music industry in 2021 and beyond, its impact is already being felt - with 2022 promising a further class of exciting new talent ready to embark on their own creative journeys and breaking apart the long-standing barriers of entry for an entire generation of aspiring Black, Asian and diverse creatives.
The students for Rip It Up (Remixed) have now been selected and will be announced in the coming weeks. The applications are separated into two strands:
- 4 of the 8 bursaries will be focused on Artists themselves - with the practical element incorporating professional experience within a recording studio alongside an engineer being covered as a part of the Rip It Up programme.
- The other 4 places will be focused on Industry applicants, with the practical element incorporating a paid placement within a professional workplace in the industry sector they wish to enter.
All 8 successful Rip It Up (remixed) participants will receive a dedicated mentor to assist them with regular meetings and discussions, with monthly updates continuing after the programme to assist in further job placements and industry catchups.
This project is supported by Youth Music Incubator Fund, thanks to funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery.