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UD Music is aimed at creating professional opportunities for the most talented individuals in Black music.

We’ve been uncompromising about Black music culture and creating opportunities in the industry for over 20 years and UD continues to innovate in the digital era, curating a range of bespoke offerings for emerging artists.

Whether it’s additional funding required for studio time, support in releasing your music or your dream to secure a recording deal, UD are committed to supporting the talent of tomorrow.

“You have my support. Thinking about Amy Winehouse, she wrote some of the songs on her first album when she was 15 years old. Young people need support and access to resources like this, until people like me find them later when their songs are more developed.”

Darcus Beese OBE, President Island Records (2008 – 2018)

At UD we work with a wide variety of artists, inspired by the sounds, words and rhythms of Black Music culture. From the underground up, we have solutions to take artist careers to the next level.

Case studies:


Back in 2015, UD hooked up with Devlin, a grime MC from east London who had already enjoyed commercial success. Boasting collaborations with Ed Sheeran, Emeli Sande and Wretch32, it was while working on his third studio album, The Devil In (featuring cuts with Maverick Sabre and Skepta), that UD negotiated Devlin a worldwide publishing deal, through their partnership with Bucks, and secured his album release in 2017, in a joint venture with Believe distribution.

Paigey Cakey

A rapper, singer and actress from Hackney, UD began to manage Paigey Cakey in 2016 via a bespoke Accelerator Development deal. Previously a DIY artist, Paigey’s music enjoyed growth across digital platforms with her music being used in campaigns by Superdry and Dr. Marten. Her eight-track release, Red Velvet, benefitted from additional funding, secured via PRSF’s Women In Music.