START YOUR JOURNEY - TALENT DEVELOPMENT

Having supported and promoted urban music for over 20 years, MOBO and its many associates are best placed to help, advise and support talent on your journey as an artist, producer or even manager.

As with any journey, it must start somewhere and MOBO Connect and UnSung are the perfect platforms to help you get you on your way. Once your musical journey has started, MOBO will continue to offer opportunities and support as your career develops. The Connect will further evolve into an online one-stop-shop with all the advice, support and opportunities that will help you along with your career, working with expert industry bodies and the best operators in the business today.

THE CONNECT

Hand selected by the MOBO Team, this playlist is all about putting emerging talent on the map and on the publics radar. This playlist is the chance to connect with the freshest tracks out and to become familiar with the newcomers who are set to take over the blogosphere in 2017. Send us your tracks via playlist@mobo.com or Twitter. Regardless of how you get it to us, we’ll listen to it and if we love it, it’ll end up on the playlist which we will be pushing. All artists featured on ‘The Connect’ are also automatically entered into the nominations for our annual MOBO UnSung competition, the next stop on your road to success.

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UnSung & Its Artist Development Program

MOBO UnSung is one of the country’s strongest annual talent competitions for unsigned artists producing original work. A nationwide search culminates in 10 finalists, with the top 3 receiving grants towards their work, as well as a year-long artist development program of industry and production workshops facilitated by MOBO. Of acknowledged value to the major labels, we are beyond proud that so many UnSung artists have gone on to sign deals with labels and publishers (Jacob Banks, Mulally), tour with global stars including Justin Bieber (MicLowry), put out major releases (Juls – 2.9m plays, Geovarn, Tiana Major, Esco Williams who then went on to discover and manage 2014 winners MicLowry) and even gone on to win their own MOBO Awards (Nadia Rose). UnSung is supported by the PRS Foundation.

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Copa 90

MOBO has partnered with YouTube’s BIGGEST football channel COPA 90 to provide artists with the opportunity for their music to be considered for placement in COPA 90 videos. On an ongoing basis, we are making selections from 'The Connect' entries and pass these onto the Copa 90 team. The first few tracks have already been played, giving some great exposure to fresh talent.

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TALENT MANAGEMENT & PUBLISHING

MOBO is teaming up with a carefully-selected music organisation that has the capabilities and the experience to offer emerging talent management support that can further assist with publishing, mentoring and studio time, amongst other opportunities. With no obligations either way, MOBO will introduce new talent from our ‘Connect’ playlist, as well as the top 20 MOBO UnSung finalists, to them. If of interest, MOBO will make the Connect-ion.

MOBO HELP MUSICIANS FUND

MOBO and Help Musicians UK are thrilled to be working together to offer grants of up to £2,000 to support exceptional talent with their career ambitions. From vocal coaching, support for touring or video production, the MOBO Help Musicians Fund can be used to support opportunities which will have a significant impact on your creativity and career.

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