Five of the most promising and talented UK artists working in African and Caribbean music have been chosen for Move On Up 2018, a bespoke talent development programme produced by Serious and Snape Maltings, with funding from Serious Trust and Help Musicians UK.

The participants were selected from a long-list of artists nominated by industry professionals from across the spectrum of music.  

From 16-20 April 2018, the chosen artists will take part in a week-long residency, jam-packed with practical workshops and seminars, personal coaching, networking and creative musical opportunities.   This residency will take place at the beautiful Snape Maltings complex in Suffolk, founded by composer Benjamin Britten in 1965.

Claire Whitaker, Director of Serious said: ‘Move on Up is a significant element of our talent development programmes, giving diverse creative musicians the tools to develop a sustainable career.   We are delighted once again to be working in partnership with Snape Maltings and Help Musicians UK to deliver this important programme.’

Roger Wright, Chief Executive, Snape Maltings, said: ‘Move On Up is a unique scheme and it will be a pleasure to welcome the selected artists back to Snape.  Snape Maltings is a leading creative campus, renowned for its talent development programme.   I am delighted to be working with Serious again as we both look, through this partnership, to enrich the diversity of our talent portfolios.’

Claire Gevaux, Creative Director, Help Musicians UK said: ‘Investing in diverse talent is a key priority for Help Musicians UK. Move On Up will support these artists to develop the skills they need to have successful careers in the music industry, and HMUK is delighted to fund this important initiative through our National Grants Programme.’

for more information on the selected artists see our Move On Up 2018 pages 

For further details on Move On Up 2018 contact Rob Farhat rob.farhat@serious.org.uk / 020 7324 1880

  • Help Musicians UK
  • Serious Trust
  • Seriously Talented
  • Arts Council England