HANG (Hip-Hop Aimed Networking with Grime), Scotland’s first hip hop conference, has announced its latest additions to its inaugural all-day educational and cultural event, set for Saturday 31st July.
New speakers include Kieran Soraghan (producer of The Rap Show with Tiffany Calver and The Grime Show with Sir Spyro at BBC Radio 1/1Xtra) and Mobolaji Agoro (of Glasgow-based music platform Up2Stndrd and Forij arts collective).
The announcement also signals a new partnership between the Association of Independent Music (AIM), the not-for-profit trade body representing the UK’s independent music sector and HANG. In a new addition to HANG’s online schedule, AIM will discuss whether to achieve success artists have to leave Scotland for London.
Ben Wynter of AIM explains: “Everyone at AIM is proud to partner with HANG on such an excellent conference. Having spent time in Scotland I have been able to soak up some of the exciting and diverse hip hop talent that exists in the nation. I have also had the pleasure of engaging some of Scotland’s hip hop community whilst discussing barriers and hurdles that they face by being so far from the hub of the music industry in London. As such, it is vitally important for AIM to partner with HANG to assist in creating a more equal and equitable industry for all, regardless of geographical location or any other barrier that may be faced.
Artists working in hip hop will soon be able to apply for new funding to develop their practice and test out new ideas. Delivered by Sunny G Radio in partnership with UP2STNDRD and 644 Studios, these new Creative Scotland funds will open for application during HANG, on Sat 31st July.
Keep up to date with developments via Sunny G Radio website: sunnyg.org/hiphopbursary
Day passes for the online activities are free, and tickets to attend the socially-distanced evening showcase are £5 plus booking fee.
Register and view the full programme at officialsama.com/hang
HANG mural by Keep it Creative