Organisers of HANG (Hip-Hop Aimed Networking with Grime), Scotland’s first ever hip-hop conference, have announced new additions to its inaugural all-day educational and cultural event, set for 31 July.
The announcement, 14 July, also signals a new partnership between AIM, the not-for-profit trade body representing the UK’s independent music sector, and HANG, which is presented by the Scottish Alternative Music Awards (SAMA) and backed by Creative Scotland.
In its first day-long event, HANG will involve important conversations on issues ranging from an exploration of how hip-hop and spoken word informs community engagement, to how grime in Scotland has developed.
Holding these conversations are prominent members of the community including Andy Musgrave, founder of Supernature, the company responsible for the breakout success of London-based, AJ Tracey; Eve Fairley-Chickwe, senior A&R executive at global artist services company AWAL; and LOTOS, the first unsigned hip-hop artist from Scotland recognised by the MOBO organisation.
Through discussions, workshops and performances, HANG aims to celebrate the diversity of voices reflecting contemporary Scotland as well as empower members of the country’s hip-hop and grime communities to pool their strengths, learn from one another and take the next steps in their careers.
Artists working in hip hop will soon be able to apply for new funding to develop their work 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 31 July.
Steg G from Sunny G Radio said: “HANG is a great opportunity to showcase and show out the huge range of exciting and diverse hip-hop talent we have, and celebrate over 30 years of hip-hop being created in Scotland. I’m incredibly excited to be part of the team helping to provide the first ever hip-hop funds in Scotland. I’m pleased at how accessible the whole process is, as it’s so important to encourage and support new and emerging Scottish hip-hop artists to access resources and support. This is an amazing opportunity to help artists to move their creative projects forward.”
Regarding the difficulties of operating during the pandemic, Richy Muirhead, co-founder of HANG, commented: “We wanted to create a large event programme that would be accessible online but also welcome guests back to the live environment even if it was going to be a lot different. It feels like a new experience going back into events with new regulations including seating plans, paperless tickets, table service, social distancing and operating a venue at 20% capacity. We continue to work closely with the host venue SWG3 to create a safe and socially distanced evening event to a very limited audience.”
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 here.