A panel of 18-25-year-olds were commissioned by Youth Music to help allocate the funding to applicants.
Among the recipients were breakout radio station No Signal, a radio station made for and by Black Britons and whose staple show NS10v10 popped off during the first UK lockdown.
Other recipients of the funding include Leeds-based radio station Sable Radio, Bristol station Noods Radio, and London jazz group Ezra Collective to support their scheme to train Black women in behind-the-scenes music roles.
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The £2m Incubator Fund is designed to help music industry organisations harness the potential of diverse young talent, aged 18-25, in their day-to-day workings by offering grants of up to £30,000.
The Incubator Fund builds on Youth Music’s ‘A Blueprint for the Future’ report, published July 2020, which highlighted systemic issues leading to underrepresentation in the music industry. Among other things, the report found that people from lower income backgrounds are less likely to be earning money in the music industry than their wealthier counterparts (34% vs 55%).
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Matt Griffiths, CEO of Youth Music, has commented, ‘The organisations we’re funding are trailblazers in their own fields. They recognise the huge creative and commercial opportunities to be gained from nurturing the diverse talent that our music industry needs. We constantly campaign to rebuild a more inclusive music industry and our Incubator Fund allows us to propel the forward-thinking organisation sharing that vision.
‘What’s particularly special with our Incubator Fund is seeing individuals who kicked off their careers at Youth Music funded organisations (including Reprezent Radio and Tomorrow’s Warriors) now spearheading the changemaking projects that we’re funding, such as No Signal and Ezra Collective. That’s the long-term impact of investing in grassroots music.’
See a full list of the funding recipients below. Round two of the funding will be open for applications in December 2020, closing on Friday February 5 2021.
📢 ANNOUNCEMENT: the first round of the #IncubatorFund is here!— Youth Music (@youthmusic) November 4, 2020
We’re awarding 31 organisations with grants of up to £30,000 to improve access to sustainable creative careers for people aged 18-25.
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Full list of Youth Music’s Incubator Fund recipients, Round 1:
Nottingham Community Artist Network, East Midlands
Swell Music, East of England
Girls I Rate, London
Young Guns Network, London
Roadworks & Spiral Skills, London
Ezra Collective, London
Link Up TV, London
The Crib & AEI, London
No Signal, London
Tees Music Alliance, North East
Generator, North East
Kaleido Music UK, North East
Thirty Pound Gentleman, North West
Reform Radio, North West
Sound City (Liverpool), North West
Creative Crieff, Scotland
QM Records , South East
Palm Bay Music, South East
Platform B, South East
Saffron Records, South West
The Music Works, South West
Black Acre Records, South West
Noods Radio , South West
Forté Project, Wales
Swansea Music Art Digital, Wales
National Youth Arts Wales, Wales
Dontfret Media, West Midlands
Cafe INDIEpendent , Yorkshire & The Humber
Beats Bus Records, Yorkshire & The Humber
Young Thugs, Yorkshire & The Humber
Sable Radio, Yorkshire & The Humber
Jemima Skala is Mixmag’s Weekend Editor. Follow her on Twitter
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