The Grit School

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@ Raw Material

The Grit School is a free 7-week music industry & artist development crash course. It is aimed at 16-24-year-olds based in South London, who are looking for guidance & support for building a career in the music industry. Over the 7 weeks, participants will have access to a balance of creative workshops, industry seminars and access to free studio time and rehearsal space.

The sessions will be hosted by industry leaders in their fields, including major and indie label representatives, music publishers, artist managers, established and professional session musicians, producers and songwriters. There will be opportunities to collaborate with like-minded, local musicians and to build contacts within the music industry. Last year’s course was funded by Arts Council England and was supported by Lambeth Sounds, Raw Material and 3Space. It was also written about in GQ magazine.

The course aims to offer a practical and realistic view of the ever-changing industry, arming young musicians with the tools, knowledge and networks they need to stay inspired in pursuing a career path in music. The Grit School ends with a chance for the young musicians to put into practice everything they have learnt over the 7 weeks and perform at The Grit School Live Showcase


‘The Grit School course was super useful in a variety of ways – one, in that it enabled me to get connections to industry professionals in a variety of fields within music, two, in that it has given me vital insights and new skills that will stay with me forever in my career in music, and three, in that I got to meet a group of some of the most lovely and talented young people in London, who I have been collaborating with consistently both during TGS and since the course ended.’ (2017 participant).


70 young people have now come through The Grit School (2016 – 2019).

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