HANG: Scotland's first-ever grime and hip-hop conference is coming this July

Winner of the 2020 Scottish Album of the Year Award, Nova / credit: Aph @aponcehardy

The Scottish Alternative Music Awards presents a brand new annual music event at Glasgow's SWG3, featuring some of the scene's most exciting names

Illustrating the determination of those working in the arts to come back stronger and give emerging talent a leg-up following recent challenges, HANG (Hip-Hop Aimed Networking with Grime) is a brand new music event taking place in-person and online on Saturday 31 July at one of Glasgow's premiere arts venues, SWG3. Free and accessible to all ages and abilities, it aims to empower and inspire members of Scotland's burgeoning hip-hop and grime communities through performance, workshops and discussion.

Presented by the Scottish Alternative Music Awards (SAMA), in partnership with Creative Scotland, this educational and cultural programme will support artists to develop their skills and progress in the industry, while celebrating the diversity of these musical communities. Key speakers at this jam-packed, one-day event include BBC Radio 1Xtra's Rap Show host Tiffany Calver, 2020 Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) winner Nova, rising grime MC Ransom FA, and Orwell Prize-winning author and musician Darren McGarvey.

BBC Radio 1Xtra's Rap Show host Tiffany Calver / credit: Philipp Raheem

The conference will feature panel discussions on practicalities like pitching to radio and streaming platforms, monetising your music, and workshops on breakdancing, spoken word, DJing and graffiti. It will culminate with a Scottish artists showcase, with up-and-comers who are interested in performing at the event asked to apply by submitting their music in June.

Alan Morrison, Head of Music at Creative Scotland explains: 'Hip-hop artists have been active in Scotland for as long as hip-hop has been active globally. However, 40 years on, one of the world's best-selling, most popular genres remains on the periphery of mainstream culture in Scotland despite its diverse and creative strengths.

'Managed by the SAMA in partnership with Creative Scotland, 'HANG' will pull together some of the country's best-known artists, industry organisations and international partners to interrogate pre-conceptions about the genre and the barriers that restrict access. It's time to shine a light on those artists whose voices reflect 21st century Scotland and deserve to be heard by the wider world.'

Full programme details and ticket registration will follow in June. For more information visit officialsama.com/hang or follow SAMA online via @officialSAMA.