Photo by Justin Sutcliffe
Throughout 2012, BASCA (British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors) has been working with Diaspora, the music foundation that supports the wealth of musical talent found throughout the UK’s diverse communities. Diaspora aim to ensure that the UK commercial music industry embraces the contribution made by Black, Asian and ethnic minority artists (BAME).
BASCA is the independent professional association representing music writers in all genres, and the host of the Ivor Novello and Gold Badge Awards. Their goal through this outreach programme has been to build stronger relationships with music creators from all cultural, social and racial backgrounds, represent a broader range of musical genres and encourage the next generation of professional music writers.
Acclaimed British Indian musician and producer, Nitin Sawhney, who also gave Songlines his playlist in the June 2011 issue (#76) will be speaking at the event, where he is expected to discuss the highlights from his career. Sawhney has not only worked with some of the most prolific musical icons such as Sting, Paul McCartney and Anoushka Shankar, but has also crafted nine studio albums, and received a nomination for both the Mercury Music Prize and an Ivor Novello award.
This event will be held between 6pm and 8pm on Tuesday November 27 at The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance. The event is free for invited guests from Diaspora and Institute students.
Students can register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with their name, course details and ‘Nitin Sawhney’ in the subject line.