We are incredibly proud to partner with Wray & Nephew to bring you the Wray Forward Music Accelerator. This intensive 3-month accelerator helps Black business owners in music increase visibility, scale up their business, and access to investment.
About the accelerator
The Wray Forward Music Accelerator is a 3-month intensive programme to support founders within the music industry. These highly skilled set of experts work behind the scenes and are responsible for getting music to the masses. The programme includes workshops, coaching sessions, networking events and pitching opportunities.
With access to industry professionals such as Arielle Renwart, Alex Boateng, and Shauni Caballero - to name a few - you will sit in on engaging workshops and regular talks from industry experts to keep the good vibes rolling!
Criteria for founders
We are looking for founders from following sectors Media (magazine, radio, music tech), Publishing/Labels (music publishing, distribution, small independent labels), Creative Agencies (booking agents, artists managers, creative studios etc.) and Live Events (pop ups, festivals, promoters). We are looking for applicants that:
Operate in the music industry
Have been in business for 2+ years
Are In the process of scaling up
Launched your business during lockdown
Have been running your business over 10 years
Challenged by the lockdown but sustained your business over the past year.
What you get
Why this programme, Why now?
The pandemic drove entrepreneurial spirit, with over 835,000 businesses registered in the UK, with a 42% increase vs 2019 (source: Small Business UK). Though according to the British Business Bank, Black entrepreneurs are still being held back with limited access to financial support, education and opportunities.
In particular, the music industry was one of the hardest hit segments - employment plunged by 35% and the industry’s economic contribution fell by 46% (source: Music Business Week). Despite some improvements in recent years, racism remains rife with 86% of people saying they have faced barriers to their career due to race (source: Black Lives in Music Report). Wray Forward is a pioneering, first-of-its-kind project to support the growth of both community businesses as well as the enterprises behind the artists we know and love.
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.