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There’s news today of two new programmes aiming to continue the work of supporting Black people and Black-owned companies working within the music industry, from either side of the Atlantic.

In the US, independent body A2IM has launched its Black Independent Music Accelerator (Bima) for Black-owned independent music businesses, offering membership, mentorship and networking among other benefits. Q&A founder Troy Carter and Concord’s senior director of streaming marketing Chissy Nkemere are among the executives on the programme’s advisory council.

In the UK, meanwhile, Rip It Up is a new programme offering bursaries for 10 young Black, Asian and diverse artists and industry professionals. Aimed at 18-25 year olds in the north west of England, it will offer a six-month programme of training and mentorship. It’s one of the projects funded by charity Youth Music’s incubator fund.

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Stuart Dredge

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