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Music charity Urban Development announces £600,000 of new funding

By | Published on Monday 27 March 2017

Urban Development

Music education charity Urban Development has secured £600,000 in funding for the next year, allowing for further expansion. Organisations providing funding include Vivendi, the PRS Foundation, the BRIT Trust and the Esmee Farbairn Foundation, with the new monies coming in addition to £350,000 in National Lottery funding and £97,000 from Youth Music secured last year.

The organisation provides a wide range of music education and talent development initiatives, with a skew towards urban music, and a particular focus on supporting young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and creative talent in the black and minority ethnic communities. Its programme includes the monthly Industry Takeover Seminars at the Red Bull Studios that UD presents in partnership with CMU:DIY, the music business education programme that sits alongside the CMU media and consultancy business.

“I’m proud to announce this new round of funding with thanks to all our funding partners”, says Urban Development founder Pamela McCormick. “It will bolster Urban Development’s continuing commitment to build a centre of excellence for UK urban music, while playing an integral role within the music industry as a whole”.

She continues: “With the various satellite projects Urban Development leads across the UK – whether it be the Industry Takeover All-Dayer, showcasing some of our incredible stable of artists at The Great Escape, or this summer’s Urban Artist School – Urban Development’s purpose is to develop, champion and educate this country’s diverse, young musical talent and contribute to lasting change that will benefit the social mobility of underprivileged youth”.

UD alumni Devlin adds of the support the organisation provides: “Urban Development have provided me not only with the powerful support team and expertise a label and publisher would give, but also genuine care and consideration that only an organisation with social conscience and authentic passion and affinity with youth culture would have. Urban Development is important and gives young talent the opportunities to fulfil their potential, this benefits not just communities, but our music industry hugely”.

You will find more information on Urban Development here, and the monthly CMU:DIY x UD nights here.