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4 May 2023, 07:00

East London creative platform Orbit partners with DJ Mag on grassroots community support programme

Girls of Grime, Sodaa Club, The Beatriarchy, e.o.t.t and Threads Radio have been named as Orbit's 2023 Grassroot Partners


East London creative platform Orbit, the sister project of creative space the Halley, has teamed up with DJ Mag as part of its new grassroots community support programme.

The year-long programme will see Orbit continue to develop into a collaborative, educational platform that champions underground music culture and community. Its 2023 Grassroot Partners are Girls of Grime, Sodaa Club, The Beatriarchy, e.o.t.t and Threads Radio.

Having previously collaborated with projects and artists including Black Artist Database, Daytimers, Elijah and Reprezent Radio across a series of safe space roundtable discussions, Orbit has plans to develop into a larger-scale, conference style event in London later this year.

This year's programme will offer Orbit's Grassroot Partners access to The Halley’s physical spaces, giving them creative reign to curate workshops and live events, as well as gain new development opportunities by integrating into the Halley community, which includes the likes of Percolate Music, Drum & Bass Arena, DMY Mag, Motive Unknown, UKF, Create Define Release and more.

Each Grassroots Partner will host a specialist workshop for their core community as well as be given resources and a budget to curate a live event with creative freedom. During their time at The Halley, the Grassroot Partners of the Orbit programme will also be given ongoing support to help them build on their vision via introductions to the Halley’s wide network of industry specialists and teaming up with established artists on the same path.

Kicking off the year-long series in April are Girls of Grime, an independent, women-led grassroots organisation steering change towards gender balance within the music industry in the UK.

The opening event will be followed by Sodaa Club in May, a community developing a decentralised governance model for a music and arts venue in London.

Across July will be The Beatriarchy, a safe, inclusive online community which aims to amplify underrepresented people in the underground electronic music scene.

In August, e.o.t.t.  – a mental health project and Brighton-based music community - will take over the series, before long-standing DIY broadcasting platform Threads Radio closes the programme in October

For more information, contact [email protected]