Applications Now Open For Urban Artist School

Applications are now open for September. Urban Development is looking for talented musicians to join their renowned Urban Artist School. The course is a one-year accredited program, which aims to develop artists and help create sustainable careers. We will support your development to enable you to generate ideas quickly and respond to the creative potential of your work effectively and fluently. Full story

Apply now for Urban Development's free ‘Making Creativity Work’ programme

Are you: 19+ Unemployed and looking to get paid work in the music industry? Someone with talent and the desire to work in the music industry but may need the guidance of how to take the next steps on that path? If you have answered ‘Yes’ to the above, then you are eligible for Urban Development’s free ‘Making Creativity Work’ programme. Full story

Urban Development Music's Paigey Cakey delivers another slice of 'Down'

Since her Red Velvet EP dropped Paigey's momentum has been consistently building up. The young rapper then connected with some of urban music's finest to deliver a new twist of her anthem 'Down'. The new remix features a solid line-up of Ayo Beatz, WSTRN's Akelle, Tizzy x Brandz and Yung Fume. Listen and enjoy. Full story

Kaniva drops video for his moving track 'Last Night Being Homeless'

UD Music is proud to present London rapper Kaniva's new video for 'Last Night Being Homeless'. The empowering song is based on his own experiences, where Kaniva saw himself sleeping on the streets, 12 months ago. Clash Magazine premiered the video and wrote "A talented MC, the experience has helped forge a fresh direction, one that speaks starkly and honestly about important issues... New cut 'Last Night Being Homeless' is a genuinely moving story of empowerment". Full story

Malunga drops new visuals for her Whispers In The Dark single

Our very own Malunga, an Urban Artist School alumni, is a vibrant soul-pop artist from East London. Over the last year, she has worked solidly, and independently, creating a body of work that reveals her playful personality. Malunga's captivating voice has allowed her to embed her unique stories within her new music -experimenting with the idea of life's ups and downs. While she's not singing as The Roundhouse's Resident Artist, the young singer is pushing her down further. 'Whispers in the dark' was recently track listed on Toddla T's playlist for BBC Radio 1. She continues to evolve in her work, drawing attention to reality whilst escaping through a dreamland. Malunga is definitely one to watch. Full story

Here’s what happened at our ‘Making & Monetising Video Content’ seminar

Once again, we headed to London’s Red Bull Studios for the latest installment of Industry Takeover. This month’s seminar ‘Making & Monetising Video Content’ was dedicated to educating artists about how to make their video content work and generate revenue. Host Chris Cooke, Co-Founder and Editor at CMU was joined by experts from organisations that have mastered the art of the visual, and they shared their top tips on how artists can make their videos work for them. Full story

Vote for Urban Development to win Natwest's Skills & Opportunities Fund

We’re excited to announce that Urban Development has been shortlisted for Natwest's Skills & Opportunities Fund. Thanks to the continued loyalty of our music community, we’ve been able to support thousands of young people to progress. We’d appreciate your vote to help us do even more with this valuable funding. Full story

Watch our exclusive insight from music industry experts.

We’ve formulated an exclusive series of top tip videos from, our heavy-weight panel of experts at, our monthly Industry Takeover seminars. This month’s video is taken from our February event on the subject of ‘Getting Started and Building a Team’. Speakers include Jamila Scott from Method Records, 2-Tone Entertainment’s Shaurav D'Silva and Will Spencer from digital platform Music Glue. Don't miss out on the next seminar ‘Making & Monetising Video Content’ on Tuesday 19th February, down at Red Bull Studios. Full story

Here’s a rundown of our ‘Building A Fanbase: Social & Music Media’ seminar

This month we returned to London’s Red Bull Studios for the third installment of our Industry Takeover series. Hosted by CMU’s Co-Founder and Editor, Chris Cooke, alongside industry experts from Virgin EMI, GRM Daily and YouTube, the seminar aimed to shine a light on how independent artists can use their social channels and media to take their brand to the next level. Full story

Industry Takeover presents 'New Wave, New Rules!' at Multi-Track launch [BRISTOL]

We'll be hosting an exclusive Industry Takeover debate analysing the rise of UK Urban Music at Bristol's new into-industry portal. The 'New Wave, New Rules!' discussion will include a panel of industry experts and a special guest at the launch of Multi-Track. The new platform will disrupt the norm by providing a fresh approach to learning for those involved with underground music. If that wasn't enough catch, James Blake's '1-800 dinosaur' new signee and grime veteran, Trim at the launch of Bristol's Multi-Track! Full story