The Royal Northern College of Music today announces its first Live Music Showcase in partnership with Sony Music UK’s Social Justice Fund, taking place at Sony’s London headquarters on March 13th.

The Royal Northern College of Music will be celebrating the talents of its students across two flagship programmes: the Young Artists project that nurtures talent from ages 11-18, and the Popular Music undergraduate course. Both programmes are continually reinvented to respond to the ever-changing, dynamic music industry – training and nurturing all students to be modern musicians equipped for sustainable careers.

The Royal Northern College of Music’s first artist showcase will see performances from pianist, singer-songwriter and 2023 ‘CASIO Sessions’ winner May Payne; soul and jazz singer-songwriter Daisy Cameron; three-piece alt-pop band and founders of Manchester’s ‘RedRoom’ event Sister Grace; innovative pop musician Nadeem Shakir, and more.

The 2024 showcase is being held in partnership with Sony Music UK’s Social Justice Fund, which has been the inaugural sponsor of the award-winning Young Artists project at the Royal Northern College of Music, helping to fund young people’s participation. Created in June 2020 as a commitment to supporting communities, broadening opportunities for individuals in under-served communities, and improving education, skills, and life chances, the Social Justice Fund helps to address structural inequality for lasting change. The Sony-funded places are 50 percent Black British and participants champion a range of genres including pop, neo-soul, jazz and RnB.

After being named the UK’s creative capital in 2023, Manchester remains at the centre of the decentralisation of the UK music business and its future. The Royal Northern College of Music provides a gateway for developing artists, nurturing talent, and championing diversity for British music in the North.

The RNCM supports creatives through performance, composition and teaching informed by research. Through its Young Artists and Pop programmes, the college educates and trains musicians to the highest standards in an enriching, career-focused environment.

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