POWER UP, the award-winning UK initiative elevating Black UK talent and addressing anti-Black racism and racial disparities in the music sector, has announced details of its new partnership with Arts Council of Wales and how people can get involved.
The MU is proud to support POWER UP as an official partner and in June, we reported on Year 2’s participants, as well as highlighting the victories and impact of the programme from Year 1.
Between 12 and 19 September POWER UP and Arts Council of Wales will bring digital masterclasses, in partnership with leading independent distributor Believe, to Black music creators based in Wales and music creators and industry professionals based outside of London.
Eligible music creators and industry professionals can find out more and sign up for the masterclasses on the PRS Foundation website. Additionally, a further four in-person masterclass session will be programmed for January 2023 and more information will be announced by the programme in the coming months.
Welsh Black Music Action Group
The new partnership with Arts Council of Wales will also, over the coming months, begin the process of setting up a Welsh Black Music Action Group. Formed as an outcome of focus groups, the action group will contribute to and drive the execution of the POWER UP Movement in Wales and to play an impactful part in moving the needle in the music industry in Wales.
In February 2023, POWER UP will also host a special networking event in London for invited Wales-based Black music creators and industry professionals.
Additionally throughout the partnership, POWER UP Movement related conversations with the Black Music Coalition, Black Lives in Music, ADD, BAFA and other related UK-wide initiatives will take place to enable the delivery of bespoke POWER UP Movement outcomes in Wales.