HANG (Hip-Hop Aimed Networking with Grime), Scotland’s first hip-hop and grime conference, is set to take place on 31 July. 

The hybrid event will be delivered in partnership with the Association of Independent Music (AIM) and with backing from Creative Scotland.  

All daytime activities such as panels, spoken word performances, workshops and graffiti will take place online (accessible around the world via YouTube). In the evening, there will be a limited capacity (500), socially distanced showcase with performances from young Scottish artists at the SWG3 Warehouse in Glasgow. 

Richy Muirhead (Founder, Scottish Alternative Music Awards) commented: “The hope is to create a new platform to empower, promote, and celebrate the hip-hop and grime scene across Scotland. Our long-term ambition with the event is to create a a stronger infrastructure in Scotland to support artists, provide new networking opportunities, encourage collaboration and entrepreneurship. The programming has been carefully coordinated to bring together a real mix of voices, these include organisations such as BBC Radio 1Xtra, New Skool Rules Netherlands, Supernature (management: AJ Tracey), AWAL, PRS Foundation, through to growing Scottish platforms and artists such as Darren McGarvey, Lotos, Up2standard, Intercultural Youth and Sunny G Radio.” 

“Our partner Creative Scotland is launching a new bursary scheme targeted at artists, which will support costs towards studio time, creative collaborations and equipment.”  

Commenting on the impact of lockdown, Richy said: “Over the last year we’ve seen many organisations pivot and move work into an online format using Zoom and other interactive tools which is good but often unsustainable financially. A positive take from lockdown is that it has given some artists more time to develop musically and technically using software and apps, but now we need to get back to a live environment, even if it is going to be a very different experience.” 

Source: Access all Areas