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Incubator Fund Round Three Grant Recipients

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We're so pleased to announce the recipients to our third round of the Incubator Fund, that provides grants of £5,000 to £30,000 to businesses, collectives, and not-for-profits working in the music industries.

The fund is designed to help open up access to sustainable careers in music for people aged 18-25, particularly those who are underrepresented; and to support creative employers to innovate and incubate new and diverse talent.

Find out more about the fund and the next round of funding using the button below.

The Incubator Fund is supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery and YouTube. 

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Sisu: Behind the Scenes

Sisu: Behind the Scenes’ will offer two self-employed music professional roles delivering a creative brief over 6 months as an events producer and artist manager. The programme provides budget to deliver creative projects, one-to-one sessions, holistic support, networking and development opportunities as part of a diverse women and non-binary team.
  • Region: North West
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Rising Stars NW CIC

Step Foward

4 young adults (from underrepresented backgrounds) will gain unique insights into creative careers in the music industries. Working across our thriving music development enterprise RSNW CIC, and partner station (Pie Radio), the young adults will work intensively on content creation projects, plus major live music events, mentored by industry experts.
  • Region: North West
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Bury Metropolitan Arts Association


Our project will bring together 5 young people to create and manage the production of a digitally streamed performance from our venue. Each participant will gain experience in a specialist area of the music industry and have access to a range of equipment, facilities and staff expertise to guide them.
  • Region: North West
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English Folk Expo

Greater Manchester Young Folk Promoter Mentoring Programme

The programme will train and support 5 young people from the towns and villages of Greater Manchester to work as an events team to design and deliver five EFEx live music events around Greater Manchester, and jointly programme and manage stages at the 2022 Rochdale Folk Festival.
  • Region: North West
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LIMF Academy


A programme developed with targeted artists that will focus on 3 Merseyside-based Black Music artists at critical stages of their careers, with a specific focus on the nuances of the black music - opening access to relevant opportunities, financially supporting activity, networking with key people and platforms and holistic support.
  • Region North West
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Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival


‘Accelerate' will build the capacity and capabilities of young music producers providing opportunities to learn, share and deliver
within local and international contexts. Through high-quality training’s, residencies and commissions we will support, nurture and
professionalize young people from backgrounds of less opportunity, aiming to work within the music industry.
  • Region: Scotland
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SoCo Music Project

New Music Development Unit (NMDU)

A progression of our work funded by PRS Foundation, Arts Council and Youth Music: Our Incubator project will put young people age 18-25 at the heart of our talent development programmes. This project will provide a route in to the music industry that will help develop wider support for artists.
  • Region: South East
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BLENDID Media & Artists

Music Industries Insights and Skills Development

This comprehensive varied exciting programme offers 18-25s the opportunity to gain insightful understanding of the music industries. Along with learning new skills and gaining knowledge, 18-25s will enhance their CV's and Career Development, supported with tangible and/or documented digital examples. They'll also have access to valuable contacts with industry professionals.
  • Region: South West
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Harbourside Artist Management

Harbourside Artist Management - Disability Empowerment Programme

The Disability Empowerment Programme would help increase disabled representation in the music industry in terms of management and talent. The project would give the opportunity for a music manager with a disability to join the team, they will be empowered to manage an artist/band with disability for one release project.
  • Region: South West
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High Grade Grooves/Bwgi

Nightlife Industry Job Creation

Our projects aims at creating paid opportunities to people aged 18-25 who have an interest in the following: photography, videography, lighting technology and djing/music production.

Because we are based in such a rural location, the opportunities in this sector are very limited. We aim to help young people gain experience.
  • Region: Wales
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We want to support 6 young people with a £1000 grant to create a music project of their choice. We will match each artist with an experienced industry mentor

providing 30 hours of support to help them plan, budget and deliver their project idea.
  • Region: Wales
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The People's Orchestra

TPO Arts leadership Program

Building new opportunities and robust training pathways to support diverse emerging musicians and music professionals aged 18-25, from under-represented backgrounds and marginalised groups, towards careers as professional leaders in choral and orchestral music making, with high quality skills training, holistic support, mentoring and performance opportunities.
  • Region: West Midlands
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The Sensoria Festival

Young Bookers 2022 - 2023

We aim to enourage a new generation of music event producers, enabling four young people aged 18 - 25 from disadvantaged and diverse backgrounds to curate and deliver an event as part of our annual Sensoria Festival. We'll ensure access to specially selected mentors, networks, events, resources, support and training.
  • Region: Yorkshire & The Humber
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All Star Entertainments

Future Sounds (FS) Bradford Music Industry Development Programme

Future Sounds is a music industry talent development programme offering support to aspiring young Bradford artists to take control of their careers so they can begin/continue to develop opportunities that work for them and develop their chosen career paths; a creative home for showcasing, promoting and artist development.
  • Region: Yorkshire & The Humber
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Sound City (Liverpool)

Rip It Up (remixed): supporting the next generation of young, diverse music industry professionals

Rip It Up (remixed) is an intensive 10 month programme for Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic artists and aspiring industry professionals, giving them the tools & confidence they need to smash through barriers & dismantle the stereotypes in the music business to carve out rewarding and sustainable careers.

  • Region: National
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First Artists Management

The Composer Assistant and Mentor Programme

This programme is about creating opportunities with an aim to increase diversity in the music for screen industry. We hope to support young aspiring composers, who don’t have traditional training and connections. They will gain knowledge, build a portfolio, and gain credits through the assistant placement and online mentoring sessions.

  • Region: National
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The Ivors Academy Trust

In the Room: Youth Leadership Development Programme

18-25s music creators across UK, from diverse backgrounds and circumstances, join the friendly, entrepreneurial Ivors Academy team part-time over 8 months and work with Youth Council members and music professionals.

  • Region: National
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SoundHive Leicester

SoundHive Producer Academy

The SoundHive Producer Academy programme gives 10 young producers the opportunity to record and produce music in a professionally equipped studio, mentored by experienced producers, showcase their work, have tailored career development and design and deliver their own project. Producers will be remunerated through fees and grants totalling £1,500 each.
  • Region: East Midlands
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Baby People

YPAC (Young People Artists Collaborative)

We aim at creating an artists collective hub with 6 YP who will work in direct contact with industry professionals to create their music portfolio. This will not only help them kick start their career but also enable them to have other artists from BAME communities engaged as a community.
  • Region: East Midlands
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Root 73 Ltd

Root 73 : The Five Pillars programme

Five Pillars programme is our year long offer, working with five 18 -25 year olds who have been historically underrepresented in the music industry exploring what we have defined as the ‘Five Pillars’ (Artist Management, Label Services, Studio Management, Community & Marketing) and  providing access to our ROOT 73 studio.
  • Region: London
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The Albany

Revolution through Music: Industry Futures

7 young people will build live music programming/production skills within LBoC22’s high-profile Revolution through Music (RtM) series. 2 will become Trainee Producers, gaining hands-on experience producing RtM events, while 5 will form the RtM Futures Panel, meeting with industry heavyweights to shape RtM’s programme and programme/realise their own RtM events.
  • Region: London
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Elevated Youth Ltd

Mantra Music – a care leavers record label

The programme will recruit 5 talented care leavers; provide them with an advance/grant for self-sustainable music-making, mentorship, recording support and access to a pool of industry experts.

The main output would be a care leavers compilation album.
  • Region: London
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The Bunker (Sunderland) CIC

Hire and Higher

The programme will help us open up access to sustainable careers in the local music industry for people aged 18-25, aimed at those who are underrepresented. It will allow us to support new, enthusiastic, talented young people, who otherwise would have this opportunity, encouraging enterprise and growing the local industry.
  • Region: North East
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BlueJam Arts

Music from the Wild - Rural Creators

To support four emerging young Cumbrian artists challenged by rural isolation, economic or mental health. They will all work on a first EP of their original music, two with a micro-grant and two commissioned to also host showcases and help with studio production. Mentoring and support from music industry professionals.
  • Region: North West
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NQ Legacy CIC


PORTAL is a mentorship and development programme designed to support diverse 18-25-year olds aspiring to work in the music industry, with a particular focus on young women via a series of workshops, masterclasses and 1-1's.This project seeks to inspire, develop and champion talent from disadvantaged backgrounds across the North West.
  • Region: North West
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Forté Project


To deliver 'Summit' - an innovative music industry conference, designed and delivered by young people for young people in Wales.

‘Summit’ will engage 18-25 year old's from across Wales who will work together to develop and deliver an accessible platform for fellow young people to explore/connect with the music industry.
  • Region: Wales
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The Grand Union Orchestra

Grand Union Orchestra Re:Generation Programme

It consolidates work we have long been doing informally – effectively an apprenticeship scheme. Musicians from diverse musical cultures pass on their techniques, encouraging trainees to create their own musical identity, developing workshop, performance and management skills to build a broad professional portfolio, and function as a creative new workforce.
  • Region: London