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Artists, Featured, Music | 31 March 2022

UD Selects: Rising Music Stars

At UD we like to celebrate women at every opportunity. As we conclude Women’s History Month, Maria Hanlon and Jojo Jones present 10 artists they’re tipping for greatness in 2022 and beyond. Starring Ruby Francis, RADA, Asha Gold, Demae, Summer Pearl, BaggE, ROZZZQWEEN, Puellae, Akemi Foxx & BINA…

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Featured, Interviews, Talent House | 28 March 2022

UD Opinion: A reality check for music education in the 21st century

On March 17th, UD’s Founder and CEO – Pamela McCormick – took part in a Music Education Council seminar to discuss the role and future of National Youth Music Organisations and Centres of advanced Training for Education. The discussion focused on progression, pathways and partnerships within music education and how, from the hip hop collective origins of UD in the late 90s to the soon-to-be-launched Talent House in Stratford, UD is a pivotal player in shaping and changing the face of music education for the better…

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Artists, Featured, Music | 25 March 2022

UD Selects: March Mixtape

UD will be bringing you a pick of the month’s best music releases. This month, our resident writers Maria Hanlon and Jojo Jones present the 10 tunes that have hit their decks – and got a reload – in March… 

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Archive, Events, Featured, Guide, Talent House, What's On | 22 March 2022

#SKOOLME: FROM THE PANEL – INDUSTRY TAKEOVER [PART 2]

With our Industry Takeover Seminars starting again in April, at the all-new UD Talent House in east London, we take a minute to soak in the pearls of wisdom from some of our previous panellists. Read on for knowledge courtesy of Darcus Beese, Jasmine Dotiwala, Alex Boateng, Etta Bond and more…

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Artists, Events, Featured, Flames Collective, What's On | 17 March 2022

UD Low Down: The Juice Live @ Lion Coffee + Records

DJ, presenter, photographer and writer, Maria Hanlon, went to shake a leg in east London last week, catching a host of performances at Lion Coffee & Records, including a set from UD Flames member, Molly Elizabeth…

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Events, Featured, Talent House, What's On | 15 March 2022

Newsflash! Industry Takeover Seminars Return for 2022

It’s been a minute but we’re back! From April onwards, at our state of the art new east London home, Talent House, we’ll be unpacking the topics that will help you up your music business game….

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Featured | 9 March 2022

MC Skibadee Tribute – This style was identical to none

With the news that MC Skibadee had passed away last week, shockwaves of disbelief ricocheted across the music industry and club culture. Music writer and original jungalist Chris Kelly pays tribute…

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Featured | 8 March 2022

Happy International Women’s Day

Imagine a gender equal world. A world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination. A world that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive. A world where difference is valued and celebrated. Together we can forge women’s equality. Collectively we can all #BreakTheBias.

At UD, we’re proudly led by women. Today, come and meet the team…

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Featured, Guide | 3 March 2022

UD x JoJo Jones… How to podcast!

Podcasting has become a medium that’s hard to avoid in 2022. Every TV show, celebrity, influencer, even footballer, has their own podcast. Although live radio still exists and thrives, more and more people are turning to the on-demand easily digestible nature of podcasts for their audio consumption. Jojo Jones gives you a step by step to creating and hosting your very own podcast… 

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Featured, Guide | 1 March 2022

Long read: Here’s where to find funding to support your music projects in 2022

Looking for support within the music industry? Will Pritchard has delved deep to deliver this extensive guide for UD, highlighting the potential funding available for your music projects in 2022…

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Featured | 25 February 2022

Remembering Jamal Edwards 1990-2022

Jamal Edwards has been a great friend to UD over the years. It’s with such great sadness to learn of his passing on Sunday. Jamal aka Smokey Barz, founder of SBTV & a true champion of Black music, has touched so many lives, including ours at UD. We take time to reflect…

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Archive, Featured | 17 February 2022

#TBT: Skool Me Part 1 (2015)

Throwback time! UD rewind to 2015 when Nardene Scott collated the pearls of wisdom picked up at UD’s annual Industry Takeover event. If you’re looking for motivation, we’ve got you covered as we throw-it back and take inspiration from our music industry specialists… 

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Artists, Featured, Flames Collective, Interviews | 11 February 2022

Introducing… NAYANA

NAYANA is a young singer songwriter from North London whose talent has been nurtured by her time in UD’s Flames Collective and Incubator programme. Having released multiple original, heartfelt singles and performed at the Camden Assembly (supporting friend and fellow UD member, Molly Elizabeth), Jojo Jones jumped on Zoom to find out more about NAYANA…

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Events, Featured | 10 February 2022

UD LOW DOWN: MANIK MC HEADLINE SHOW @ NELL’S

Maria Hanlon popped down to Nell’s in London for a night of all things Hip Hop with MANIK MC…

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Artists, Featured | 1 February 2022

Long read: How to care for your mental health as a creative

Being a creative, whether an artist, singer, DJ, designer, illustrator, actor, you name it, can be rewarding. It can be joyous and fulfilling and incredibly exciting. However, it can also be hard, anxiety inducing, stressful and unforgiving. Jojo Jones looks into how we can balance the ups and downs of a creative life, whilst looking out for our mental health and wellbeing, including tips and tricks from a mental health professional.

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Featured, Guide | 26 January 2022

UD X MARIA HANLON…UD GUIDE TO NETWORKING IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY

Networking in the music industry might seem scary at first but it’s vital in opening you up to opportunities and collaborations. Radio Presenter and DJ Maria Hanlon has created a list of useful tips for novice networkers…

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