New bursary programme launched to support Black, Asian and diverse artists

Rip It Up will provide 10 young and aspiring artists or industry professionals with mentoring, support, training and more over the course of six months.

Rip It Up is a new bursary initiative launched to support young Black, Asian and diverse talent eager to break into the music industry. Organisations such as Sound City, Youth Music, Sm-mgmt and more are behind the bursary, which was announced yesterday (18 January). 

The bursary is open to artists and those interested in the wider music business. Applicants must be aged between 18 and 25 and be based in the North West of England.

Ten young creatives will be selected for the scheme and receive varied educational and practical opportunities, training, mentorship and a financial grant. The applicants will undergo an eight-week educational programme to broaden their understanding of the industry and its sectors, with the likes of Nova Twins, Facebook’s Vanessa Bakewell and musician Seye Adelekan on hand to support and lend their expertise to applicants. 

Further into the course, aspiring artists will receive paid for studio time and support in releasing their own projects, while industry applicants will be offered paid work placement opportunities within their chosen field. 

Applications for Rip It Up are open until 15 February. You can find out more about the programme and apply here.

Rip It Up is supported by Youth Music’s Incubator Fund, which is accepting applications for a second round of grants up until 5 February. Businesses, collectives and not-for-profits working in the music industries nationwide are encouraged to apply. Find out more here.