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We are incredibly proud to partner with Wray & Nephew to bring you the Wray Forward Music Accelerator. This intensive, free 3-month accelerator helps Black music business owners increase visibility, scale up their business, and pitch their business idea to investors.

Applications Open

26 July

Applications Closing 

29 August

Accelerator Start
20 September

About the accelerator

The Wray Forward Music Accelerator is a 3-month intensive, programme to support founders within the music industry. We are looking for highly skilled set of experts who work behind the scenes and are responsible for getting music to the masses. The programme will help scale-up your business, increase your visibility and pitch your business idea to investors. 

With access to workshops, coaching sessions, networking events and pitching opportunities keep the good vibes rolling!

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Criteria for founders

We are looking for 20 founders who are currently operating in the music industry:

  • At least 1 founder self-identifies as Black or of Black heritage

  • Over 25 years old 

  • Ready to scale i.e.

    • Either seed stage or beyond

    • Received investment

    • Launching your MVP 

  • A UK-registered business

  • From the following sectors

    • Media (magazine, radio, music tech), 

    • Publishing/Labels (music publishing, distribution, small independent labels), 

    • Creative Agencies (booking agents, artists managers, creative studios etc.) 

    • Live Events (pop-ups, festivals, promoters)

  • Have been in business for 2+ years

What you get

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Why this programme, Why now?

Wray Forward is a free programme built to change and support the foundations of our community. We aim to support our entrepreneurial community by improving access, promoting Black ownership in music and facilitating growth.


86% of people In the music industry, say they have faced barriers to their career due to race (source: Black Lives in Music Report 2020). Furthermore, Black entrepreneurs are still being held back with limited access to financial support, education and opportunities (source: British Business Bank).

  • How much do the events cost?
    The Accelerator is free to attend for eligible applicants. ​
  • How do I register for an event?
    Simply complete the sign up form.
  • Do I have to attend all five sessions?
    Yes, as this programme has been designed as a 5-week course, with each session building on the learnings of the last. We are looking for participants who can commit to attending all the sessions.
  • Are all the sessions online?
    Yes, they are all online. You just need a laptop/iPad with a good internet connection to join any session.
  • How can I get in touch if I have any other questions?
    Feel free to email us at [email protected]
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