Scuffed Recordings announces artist development scheme for women and non-binary producers

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Participants will be provided with track feedback, industry advice and more, plus production lessons helmed by the likes of India Jordan, LCY, Elkka and Nikki Nair.

Scuffed Recordings has unveiled a new artist development scheme for women and gender non-conforming producers. The UK club label aims to address gender imbalances and disparities with music production and the wider industry via a six-month programme, which kicks off in late February. There are five spots on offer for aspiring producers eager to develop their production skills, artistry and expand on their existing music industry knowledge. 

The likes of India Jordan, LCY, Elkka and Roza Terenzi will guide the five participants through music production lessons alongside Scuffed mainstays Nikki Nair, Drum Thing and Farsight. Elsewhere, participants will be offered feedback on their tunes, budget for production equipment, advice on how to build a strong artist bio and press pack, and a subscription to Splice.

Speaking on the new scheme, Scuffed founders High Class Filter and Ian DPM said, “Over the three years we’ve been running the label, we’ve seen first-hand the huge gender disparity in producers working in electronic music, and our artist development programme is our way of attempting to address this imbalance using the resources and industry knowledge available to us.”

The pair also recognise the underrepresentation of trans artists and women of colour within music, and “particularly welcome” applications from these groups. “By ‘gender non-conforming’, we understand this to mean those [who] identify as non-binary, genderqueer, genderfluid, agender and other genders outside of the binary,” they added.

Applications for the scheme open today (25 January) for producers who have a “basic grasp of production” and an “interest in a career releasing music”. Production lessons will be taught in Ableton and Logic. 

You can apply here. The closing date for applications is 19 February.