How Grime music provides opportunities for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds

Posted by ap507 at Feb 16, 2018 09:23 AM |
CAMEo showcases research focusing on emerging economy of Grime music

Issued by University of Leicester on 16 February 2018 

The rising popularity of Grime music and how it provides opportunities for young people from less advantaged backgrounds and promotes diversity has been explored in a paper showcased by the University of Leicester.

Highlighted as part of the Research Institute for Cultural and Media Economies’ ‘CAMEo Cuts’ series, the paper, titled ‘The Business of Grime’, has been written by Dr Joy White, Visiting Lecturer at the University of Roehampton.

The paper explores how the music industry is a significant economic sector with low diversity rates in terms of ethnicity and class. By contrast, however, Grime, and the wider urban music economy, can offer a variety of routes into the creative and cultural industries for diverse and disadvantaged groups.

From its London origins, Grime has expanded regionally through the Eskimo Dance and Sidewinder events, and from Lord of the Mics MC clashes to the nascent Grime Originals events, the Grime economy has a national (UK) and international reach.

This paper explores how young people from less advantaged backgrounds use their passion for Grime music to create work within a music industry that is otherwise dominated by socially-privileged groups. 

CAMEo Director Professor Mark Banks said: “Joy White is one of the first researchers to explore the cultural economy of Grime and assess its growing impact on the UK music industry. We’re delighted to publish her work in our ‘Cuts’ series and help draw attention to the ways in which the black music economy is evolving in terms of its cultural and economic significance, and in providing work and employment opportunities for young people.”

‘CAMEo Cuts’ is an occasional paper series that showcases reflections on cultural and media economies, written by CAMEo researchers, partners, policy-makers and cultural and media practitioners.


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