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    Bella Shmurda Joins Youtube Music’s largest global Foundry class of artists.

    YouTube Music announces the largest global Foundry class of artists to date with Bella Shmurda joining the program.

    Bella Shmurda Joins Youtube Music's largest global Foundry of artists.
    Bella Shmurda Joins Youtube Music’s largest global Foundry class of artists.

    YouTube Music today announced the 2021 cohort for Foundry, its global artist development program with a mission to support independent musicians, helping them build sustainable careers on their own terms. Bella Shmurda, from Nigeria joins the list of 27 artists representing 14 countries and a broad spectrum of musical heritage this year.

    The program received the most applications ever this year with a 450% increase in the number of applications from last year. Artists on the Foundry program will receive a grant to invest in their content and channel development, access to YouTube partner support and workshops, and marketing, social, and press promotion. Artists will have combined access to resources and teams that will enable them to create and launch their music with greater impact and global reach.

    “Artists are navigating a new, increasingly digital industry this year. To adapt and grow, they are finding new ways to create content, connect with fans, and generate revenue. This year’s Foundry class celebrates artists and their courage and reduces barriers to entry,” says Addy Awofisayo, YouTube Partnerships Manager.

    Foundry was launched in 2015 and was initially run as a workshop series at YouTube Spaces. Since 2017, the program has focused on long-term partnerships with independent artists and expanded internationally. It has supported more than 150 developing artists across 15 countries, including breakout alumni like Arlo Parks, Dave, Dua Lipa, Lime Cordiale, Gunna, HARDY, Natanael Cano, Novelbright, Omar Apollo, Rosalía, and Tems. The Foundry class of 2018 included Niniola and Adekunle Gold, Lagos-born  Tems was part of the 2020 class.

    “Being an independent artist can mean funding your career personally, leading and working with your team to achieve all your goals. Foundry is an opportunity to elevate my career, and being a part of the program is a big win for me and for my team,” says Bella Shmurda.

    This year, Foundry alumni will be paired with  artists from the new class for conversations about navigating the industry on their own terms. Tems will be paired with  Bella Shmurda and Enny, an artist from England.

    “Being a part of Foundry was an amazing experience. You get to connect with so many incredible artists and build relationships with wonderful people. It’s an opportunity to grow, and connect more with the world” says Tems.

    The 2021 Foundry Class reinforces YouTube’s commitment to supporting Nigeria’s next generation of global music stars; playing a part in developing individual talent. The Foundry programme ensures that artists can be independent and still have a successful career in music with the support of platforms like YouTube.

    Below is the full list of the Foundry Class of 2021:

    Name

    Country

    Ambar Lucid

    United States

    Bad Milk

    Colombia

    Bella Shmurda

    Nigeria

    Blessd

    Colombia

    chilldspot

    Japan

    Doul

    Japan

    Ebhoni

    Canada

    Enny

    England

    Fana Hues

    United States

    Junior Mesa

    United States

    Marina Sena

    Brazil

    Meekz

    England

    Paranoid 1966

    Spain

    Paris Texas:

    United States

    Raveena

    United States

    Reggie

    United States

    Rote Mütze Raphi

    Germany

    SE SO NEON

    South Korea

    Seedhe Maut

    India

    Shygirl

    England

    Sinead Harnett

    United States

    Snail Mail

    United States

    SoFaygo

    United States

    Sycco

    Australia

    Tenille Arts

    United States

    Tokischa

    Dominican Republic

    Tuyo

    Brazil

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