Rip It Up: a new bursary to support Black, Asian and diverse talent

Applications have now opened for Rip It Up, a brand new bursary programme that will support and provide creative industries education to ten Black, Asian and diverse artists and aspiring industry professionals.

This exciting opportunity comes courtesy of Sound City, Youth Music Incubator, CAPLL Ltd, SM-Mgmt and Arts Council England. Intended to drive diversity and inclusion within the creative industries. You’ll get eight curated sessions covering key areas in the music industry including recording, distribution, publicity and more. Also on offer is a financial grant to assist you during the studies, industry placements, a dedicated mentor to assist you with the studies and monthly updates after the programme, so you’ll be able to get the most out of the experience. 

The sessions are being run by industry experts from across various areas of the music industry including Seye Adelekan (Gorillaz), Nova Twins and Liam James Ward (Be-Hookd Digital), so this is your chance to get some incredible insider knowledge and to build knowledge, skills and a network that will arm you a career in the music industry. 

Applications are open now for young people aged 18-25 from Black, Asian and minority backgrounds, but be quick, the deadline is Monday 15th February 2020.

To apply, go to

To coincide with the launch of Rip It Up, a Facebook Live panel is being held at 4 PM on Thursday 21st January 2020 to discuss how action can be taken around industry diversity in 2021 and beyond. Featuring The UK Music Diversity Taskforce Chairman, Ammo Talwar MBE, Deputy Chair Paulette Long OBE and Sound City Managing Director Becky Ayres, it’s sure to be an eye-opening panel filled with personal experiences and honest debate. To watch the panel, visit