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J Dilla Music Tech Grant launched to fund music training for high school students

The initiative is headed by VH1's Save The Music Foundation

The J Dilla Music Tech Grant has been announced. 

Named after the late Michigan producer, who was born James Dewitt Yancey in 1974, the grant will fund electronic music creation, recording and production training for public high school students in the U.S.

Included as part of the initiative - which is headed by VH1's Save The Music Foundation, in partnership with Arizona State University and Pharrell Williams’ creative collective i am OTHER - is the technology grant, which features various instruments, DJ equipment and sound equipment.

“Dilla is the only hip-hop producer that literally changed the way musicians play music. You can always hear musicians trying to emulate him,” said Robert Glasper, a Save the Music ambassador. “Dilla was definitely a unique and influential voice in music and I’m glad and blessed to have known and rocked with him!”

Last month, Stormzy confirmed the second year of his Cambridge scholarship program.

Back in 2016, The Doctor's Orders threw a mammoth bash in London to celebrate the genius of J Dilla.

Crowd-funding organisation PledgeMusic recently went into liquidation.