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Outstanding Project Award sponsored by Turtle Bay

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For an organisation that pushes the boundaries to promote inclusive music education (formerly the Innovation Award).

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"Turtle Bay is inspired by the rich and diverse culture, food and music of the many islands of the Caribbean. Our philosophy is simple: to create Caribbean good times and bring it to UK! Food for the soul; rum, reggae and jerk. Our motto “One Love” is not just a slogan, it is who we are. We champion unity and respect for all people, our teams, guests and our local communities." 



Reform Radio CIC- Rhythm Lab Records Career Starter and Soundcamp programmes

(North West)

Rhythm Lab Records: Career Starter


Reform Radio handed over their record label, Rhythm Lab Records, to five young people for six months. Having a budget of £400 per artist for five artists that they sign to the label, the group have taken on the roles of A&R, Business Affairs, Talent Development and PR and Marketing. With 100% control of the social media platforms, signings, budget, and key decision making, this truly is a ground-breaking project, offering the young group a once in a lifetime opportunity that will propel them into the Manchester music industry.




Soundcamp 18 and 2020 is a programme in partnership with Reform Radio and Thirty Pound Gentlemen that aims to discover talent in Greater Manchester. The bootcamp aims to find 12 young people who have shown the potential of making a career in the music industries. They embark on a three-month intense mentorship with working musicians, to create their brand, new music and showcase at an industry event. Since the project began, they have collaborated with Mr Scruff, performed at MIF Festival Square and We Out Here Festival, and tracks have been broadcast on BBC.

Runner up


Sound Connections - Wired4Music


Wired4Music is Sound Connections’ flagship programme offering young people aged 16-25 hands on support, mentoring, funding, guidance and training through events and professional development activities. At Wired4Music, everything is led and decided by their network members, from the music internships they share, to the events they promote and projects and experiences they co-create. Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, their work moved online, and they worked with young people to shape the programme to meet their changing needs.

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Matt Thomason from award winners WILD Young Parents Project (right) with Simon Poulton from Novation. Photo by Blouhaus Photography.

2019 shortlist

Learn more about the winner and nominees for the 2019 Innovation Award sponsored by Novation.