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What’s On… Apply for UD’s 2024 Incubator Programme

Want to take your artistry to the next level? Our 2024 Incubator Programme, a six-month talent and career development opportunity for 10 exceptional independent artists, making music of Black origin, is open for applications now…

Arinola, Incubator 2023.

The Incubator Programme was created for independent artists with exceptional talent to help facilitate the transition from an educational or vocational training environment towards the commercial market or professional workplace.

Whether you create grime, rap, R&B, jazz, hip-hop or drill, we are always supporting the talent of tomorrow.

Over six months, 10 high-reaching artists are offered life-changing skills development, one-to-one mentoring and access to investment, you’ll also receive specialist input on your repertoire, brand and learn about routes to the market from industry professionals. We will equip participants to succeed in the music industry both in the UK & overseas.

Emiko & DavidGotSound, Incubator 2023

The programme includes:

→ Free studio time

→ Songwriting Camp led by established creatives at the UD Talent House studios

→ Extensive industry bootcamp covering music law, publishing, major and indie labels, distribution, A&R, live music and digital marketing

→ Mentoring & coaching by industry professionals

→ Showcasing openings including a chance to perform at The Great Escape

→ Access to financial investment

→ A free membership with Talent House to access studios, rehearsal space and music industry events.

→ Hot desking at the Talent House

→ Financial investment & support

Incubator 2023
My experience on the programme has been really nice… I’ve met some talented and driven artists and staff at UD and I’m collaborating with them more as time goes on. I learned a lot during the first week from the guests and I’ve found the coaching sessions particularly helpful with achieving my goals and getting specific advice on what to do and tracking my progress. 
Performing at TGE was really good and I think it was beneficial for a few reasons… I know some people from the industry were in the crowd and having the team from UD there including the other artists performing helped directly with the atmosphere in the crowd and helping me feel more comfortable to perform in that setting. I’m grateful for being given the opportunity.Saiming

Who should apply?

→ Applicants aged 18-25

→ Artists representative of Black music genres/ making music of Black origin

→ Must be from and currently living in London

→ Independent artist (no label or established team yet)

→ Those with a track record with starting to release music, showing commitment to an artist project i.e. one or more of the following – press coverage, played a support or small headline show/ experience performing live, has music out on streaming platforms.

RXWNTREE x Incubator 2023

Commitment/ Expectations:

Please only apply if you are committed to pushing your artist career as a priority

Those who work full-time should consider before applying as they may not be able to get the best out of the project.

You will need to maintain professional and regular contact with your programme manager and any UD staff who are working on aspects of the incubator.

Any content created with UD is to be utilised and promoted in line with your timeline and strategy for releases.

Got any questions? Please email sarahnell@udmusic.org.
The deadline for applications is 9am on Dec 4th 2023.

Click HERE to see more of what went down on the 2023 Incubator Programme, starring Emiko, AE, Mar!k, Saiming, Chrissy Day, Arinola, David GotSound & Dan Dannah.

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