Sony Music’s UK Social Justice Fund Supports RNCM Young Artists
We’re thrilled to announce that RNCM Young Artists will be funded by Sony Music’s UK Social Justice Fund.
Launching this September, the initiative will train and support pop musicians aged 11-18 from across the North West, offering year-round weekly sessions focused on composition, production, and performance.
Led by staff and students from our Popular Music Department and with full access to our fully equipped, state-of-the-art recording studios, RNCM Young Artists will work in bands, creating, recording, and distributing original music and sharing their work in informal, friendly gigs and showcases.
Professor Linda Merrick, Principal, said: ’This is a hugely exciting new programme that will support and inspire the next generation of musicians, songwriters and producers in the region. I am looking forward to seeing this initiative develop and to welcoming lots of young people to the RNCM as they take the next steps on their musical journey. We know that there is incredible talent right on our doorstep, and RNCM Young Artists will provide the very best training, mentorship, and music-making opportunities to help them achieve their dreams.’
This funding is one of the latest grants from Sony Music’s UK Social Justice Fund, part of Sony’s global commitment to support anti-racist initiatives and educational opportunities in under-served communities. Beneficiaries are chosen by a diverse advisory board of employees representing labels and divisions across Sony Music Entertainment UK and organisations are supported by a social impact team that works with the charities to track the impact of SJF funding.
Sony Music Group’s Global Social Justice Fund (SJF) was created in June 2020 to address racial injustice worldwide. The UK arm of the Social Justice Fund has awarded more than £1.5 million in funding across 18 beneficiaries since launch. Beneficiaries are chosen by a diverse advisory board of employees representing labels and divisions across Sony Music Entertainment UK.
24 June 2022