Pamela McCormick, Founder & Director
Pamela grew up in Belfast in the 1970s through the era of pub bombings, barricades, daily murders and little integration. As her thinking and challenging of the origins of the troubles matured, she realised that poverty and lack of aspiration were at the heart of the mutual distrust. This insight has become the keystone upon which Pamela has built her career. After working in Edinburgh, Monte Carlo and Paris, programming and producing jazz events and assisting esteemed composers, concert pianists and conductors, Pamela arrived in London, keen to realise her dreams and action positive social change. Over 14 years old and with McCormick still at the helm today, Urban Development has built a lasting legacy and a reputation as a leader in both producing and showcasing new urban talent and educating the next generation of stars.
In 2017 Pamela won the Music Week Women In Music Award for Campaigner Of The Year.
John has extensive experience in the music industry and education. As a member and self-manager of the group Edward II, John toured the world, signing deals with major labels before setting up the band’s own label. He moved into music education, working with Access to Music. As part of the senior management team, he was responsible for the New Deal for Musicians provision in the East Midlands, and set up the flagship course The Artist Development Programme. John is a highly experienced course designer, delivery manager, teacher and funder, having co-written two Foundation Degrees (validated by the University of Westminster & the Royal Northern College of Music Manchester. John is guest lecturer at a number of institutions including Demontfort University Leicester, currently manages emerging talent Blair Dunlop, and launched Urban Development’s Urban Artist School, soon to enter its third year.