- Words Maria Mukaranda
In a celebration of empowerment and education, creative platform Girls I Rate presented a special live edition of its Future Hit Maker masterclass.
The masterclass featured three of the UK’s leading Black women songwriters, each a formidable powerhouse in their own right. Namely, Grammy and BRIT award-winning songwriters, Carla Marie Williams (known for collaborations with Beyoncé, Sean Paul, and Craig David), Jin-Jin (renowned for hits with Jess Glynne, RAYE, and Jax Jones), and Kamille (whose credits include Dua Lipa, Little Mix, and Kylie Minogue). Each joined forces to provide aspiring female songwriters aged 16-35 with an opportunity to gain insights into the music industry.
Beyond sharing their journeys and top tips, the three prolific artists offered invaluable advice on the craft of songwriting. The masterclass – powered by Spotify EQUAL, and supported by music organisations PRS for Music, PPL, the Musicians’ Union, and Arts Council England – aimed to demystify crucial aspects of the music business. Topics covered included everything from concept writing and melody composition, to navigating the complexities of royalties and revenue split.
Yet, attendees had more than just knowledge to gain: the masterclass also offered the chance to win a £500 development grant as well having received commendation from the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan. The figurehead described the work as “vital in ensuring that the industry is as inclusive and representative as possible.” The Future Hitmaker Award itself was founded by Carla Marie Williams in collaboration with the PRS Foundation in 2021. It aims to support the development of young women creating music, whether as songwriters, lyricists, or producers. Williams expressed her joy in being able to support women in their musical careers.
The winner of the award was Seyi, a multi-talented composer/producer. Alongside the support of Girls I Rate and the PRS foundation, the award also offers more prizes from Audio-Technica, Novation, Fl Studio & Benefit & free studio time from Spotify. Garnering praise from all corners of the creative industry, Carla Marie Williams was one of the first recipients of the Ivors Academy’s Gold Badge Award, recognising individuals who create positive change and champion music creators. Girls I Rate continue to provide a platform for aspiring female talent, fostering a community of inclusivity, diversity, and creativity.
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