1 million 16-24 year olds in the UK are out of work. 1/3 of the total unemployment figure is young people. 697,890 people work in the creative and cultural industries in England. The UK music industry generates over £6 billion per annum and provides more than 130,000 UK jobs Young people are our future.
With your donation the people we support can #daretodream
Why support us?
Every £1 you donate to the Urban Development Music Foundation will be used to benefit the young people we support (the staff and office overhead costs are donated by Urban Development Limited). Our donations’ target towards the work of the Urban Development Music Foundation in 2013/14 is £10,000.
With your help, we will work with a minimum of 250 young people every year. #daretodream
How do we use your money?
We believe we can help open the door of the UK music industry to bright young people from the disadvantaged communities we serve.
In the current economic climate, we need to make the case ever more strongly for the value of this work and to ensure that young people from East London benefit from the legacy of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The Urban Development Music Foundation was founded as a company limited by guarantee (company number 8071972) on 16 May 2012 and a registered charity (number 1149090) on 25 September 2012.
The UD Vocal Collective (UDVC)
Hundreds of thousands of young people dream of becoming singers – it takes no money or special equipment, and it’s a dream that’s accessible to anyone. Not everyone can succeed, but anyone with talent should have the chance to try, and to experience the joy of performing in public, which is what the UD Vocal Collective (UDVC) is about. UDVC gives young people with singing talent a first entry into the world of music. They receive 30 sessions of training in vocal technique, song writing and performance skills, as well as getting the chance to record 5 original tracks and perform at a showcase event. UDVC members have gone on to do national tours in support of major artists and perform at shows such as Radio 1’s Hackney weekend as well as doing regular session musician work including TV performances.
Musical talent does not necessarily go hand-in-hand with academic success or employability outside the music industry. UD’s work experience programme allows unemployed young people to discover and use skills related to the music industry and improves their aspirations and chances of future employment. Work experience graduates have gone on to find employment at organisations such as SBTV and Digital Soundboy.
Studio access and mentoring support
A crucial opportunity for the most talented young people we come across, the emerging artists program compensates for the lack of music industry grassroots organisation by giving these musicians a significant leg-up in terms of visibility and professionalism. Artists such as Labrinth have benefited from Urban Development’s emerging artists program and gone on to national and international success.
What will we do with your money?
Every £1 you donate to the Urban Development Music Foundation will be used to benefit the young people we support (the staff and office overhead costs are donated by Urban Development Limited).
Our donations’ target towards the work of the Urban Development Music Foundation in 2013/14 is £10,000.
With your help, we will work with a minimum of 250 young people every year.