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Dear MOBO Awards,

We are Nova Twins, a band of two mixed race girls from South East London and Essex who shout through distorted mics and play gnarly bass riffs.

We are writing this open letter to ask you to help pave the way for Alternative and Rock POC artists. We believe that you can widen the representation that ourselves and so many others didn’t have growing up. Rock’n’Roll is of black origin but because of the systemic issues that we still face today, POC contributors to the genre have been lost along the way.

We have a proposition: we would love for you to consider adding a Rock/Alternative category to your 2021 award show, celebrating the best new wave of artists in the scene today, whilst paying tribute to the POC originators and founders of Rock’n'Roll and Rhythm’n’Blues.

We grew up watching the MOBO Awards, feeling grateful for its CEO and Founder Kanya King MBE, who pushed boundaries and helped bring black music and culture into the mainstream. We want to use our platform to raise the voices of the unheard, diversifying the space for Alternative POC bands but we can’t do it alone. We need trailblazing, influential platforms like the MOBOs to back us and look ahead to a more diverse future for music.

People often don’t know that Rock’n’Roll was in fact largely originated by a black woman. Starting her career in the 1930s, Sister Rosetta Tharpe went on to inspire household names through the decades. You can see and hear her influence in the works of Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, Tina Turner and Jimi Hendrix for instance, who then went on to shape the musical world we live in. Her guitar playing technique also had a major influence on the development of British Blues in the 1960s. We all owe her a huge debt and with the help of others, we want to continue the pioneering work she started. We feel strongly that this needs to be represented in the MOBO Awards.

This is more than just a category, it’s a message to all young black people, letting them know that they can do and be anything that they choose. That they have more creative options available to them, other than the ones society has offered them. It’s up to us all to give the new generation the tools and encouragement to do so. It's time to create a different landscape to the one we entered.

2020 has been a time for us all to reflect and re-educate ourselves. Let 2021 be the year we all take action.

Much love,
Amy & Georgia
(Nova Twins)

15 Jan 2021 | Press release

Shazam predictions for 2021

Shazam is unveiling its 2021 predictions through a new playlist of 50 songs from up-and-coming artists who are poised to make a splash. The Shazam Predictions 2021 playlist is exclusively available on Apple Music worldwide at apple.co/ShazamPredictions2021 - More than 200 million...more

15 Jan 2021 | Press release

Flo Milli is Spotify's latest Global Radar artist

Spotify’s global emerging artist development program, RADAR, has announced its latest artist partnership for the US: the Alabama-born, Atlanta-based, fast-ascendingrapper Flo Milli.   Her 2020 breakout mixtape, Ho, why is you here ?, which has been streamed over 192 Million times on...more

14 Jan 2021 | Press release

Patreon connects with UK music managers through new Associate Partnership with the MMF

The Music Managers Forum (MMF) is delighted to announce an all-new Associate partnership with global membership platform Patreon.The partnership will enable the MMF’s community of more than 1,000 UK-based managers to join exclusive events and training with Patreon’s UK team,...more

14 Jan 2021 | Press release

The largest network of featured artists in Europe is expanding:

Join the Featured Artists Coalition to enjoy new membership benefits and help us amplify the artists' voice  The Featured Artists Coalition (FAC), the UK artist trade body and not-for-profit organisation, serving a diverse, global membership of creators at all stages of...more

14 Jan 2021 | Press release

Evidence session: Economics of music streaming

Tuesday 19 January, 10.00 Watch LIVE on parliamentlive.t   MPs call in top record labels Sony, Warner and Universal in music streaming inquiry Senior executives from Sony Music, Warner Music and Universal Music will face questions from the DCMS Committee in the third session of its inquiry...more

14 Jan 2021 | Press release

BMG acquires Mick Fleetwood recorded catalogue interests

BMG is proud to announce it has acquired outright Fleetwood Mac co-founder Mick Fleetwood’s interests in the band’s recordings.The deal gives BMG Fleetwood’s royalty interest in over 300 recordings including all of Fleetwood Mac’s biggest hits including ‘Dreams’, ‘The Chain’,...more

14 Jan 2021 | Press release

Musicians' Union General Secretary demands support from the Prime Minister for British musicians planning to tour the EU

The General Secretary of the Musicians' Union (MU), Horace Trubridge, has today written to the Prime Minister highlighting the barriers facing British musicians seeking to tour the EU in the post-lockdown era.  The letter highlights the bureaucracy and costs that will...more

14 Jan 2021 | Press release

Dead Can Dance members sign to UK Label Atlantic Curve

- LISA GERRARD & JULES MAXWELL – from legendary band Dead Can Dance- New signing to Atlantic Curve label- 'Burn' album to be released May 7th, 2021 – produced by James Chapman (MAPS) Atlantic Curve, the London-based label which is...more

13 Jan 2021 | Press release

IMPALA appoints Vick Bain and Arit Eminue to provide diversity and inclusion training for members

IMPALA has initiated a new three-year collaboration with Vick Bain from vbain consulting and Arit Eminue of DiVA Apprenticeships to provide diversity and inclusion training to members. Promoting a diverse and inclusive European independent music sector is a key priority for IMPALA’s task force which has been...more

13 Jan 2021 | Press release

Hipgnosis acquires Shakira catalogue comprising 145 songs.

The Board of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited, the first UK listed investment company offering investors a pure-play exposure to songs and associated intellectual property rights, and its Investment Adviser, The Family (Music) Limited, are pleased to announce that the Company...more

13 Jan 2021 | Press release

Round Hill Music announces publishing acquisition with Billy Duffy

The Cult Songwriter & Guitarist Agrees To Back Catalogue DealRound Hill Music has announced the acquisition of the classic back catalogue of Billy Duffy, songwriter and guitarist with acclaimed UK rock greats The Cult. The Cult gained a dedicated following in...more

13 Jan 2021 | Press release

FIFA introduces innovative music strategy

FIFA introduces innovative music strategy including new podcast series featuring Liam Payne and world's leading football players and musicians    FIFA launches FIFA Sound, a strategy to connect with audiences worldwide through shared passions of football and music First season of FIFA PlayOn...more

13 Jan 2021 | Press release

Sony/ATV signs Jamie Cullum to worldwide deal

  Today, Sony/ATV Music Publishing UK announced it has signed award-winning singer, songwriter, jazz musician, and radio broadcaster Jamie Cullum to a global publishing agreement.Jamie Cullum is one of the UK’s top jazz artists/songwriters, known for crafting hit songs across genres...more

13 Jan 2021 | Press release

AIM Sync Award nominee shortlists announced

Nominees revealed for both ‘Music Supervisor of the Year’ and ‘Independent Sync of the Year’The Association of Independent Music (AIM) has announced the nominee shortlists for the AIM Sync Awards, celebrating the ever-increasing use of independent music in the sync...more

13 Jan 2021 | Press release

Universal Music Publishing Group signs Louis Bell to exclusive, global administration agreement

UMPG acquires hit songwriter-producer’s catalogUniversal Music Publishing Group (UMPG), a leading, global music publisher, today announced that six-time Grammy Award-nominated songwriter and producer Louis Bell has been signed to an exclusive, global publishing deal. He is a three-time consecutive nominee...more

12 Jan 2021 | Press release

The FAC announces the first round of Artist Ambassadors in 2021 including Anna Calvi, Adam Devonshire of Idles, Kano & The Fall’s Brix Smith

The Featured Artists Coalition (FAC), the UK artist trade body, is delighted to announce fourteen new Artist Ambassadors from a diverse range of backgrounds, helping to grow the organisation’s community and amplify it’s message of fair representation for artists.We are...more

12 Jan 2021 | Press release

AIM Calls for Joint Action Between UK and EU on Travel Agreements Post-Brexit

As the realities of restriction of movement for musicians and crews between the UK and the EU start to become apparent, there have been accusations from both sides that negotiators rejected reasonable arrangements to facilitate touring.  As a result, both...more

12 Jan 2021 | Press release

Mercury Studios announce If These Walls Could Sing - the first feature length documentary on the world-famous Abbey Road Studios directed by Mary McCartney

If These Walls Could Sing is produced by multi award-winner John Battsek (One Day In September, Searching For Sugar Man, Eric Clapton: Life In 12 Bars) as Mercury inks new development deal with Battsek’s Ventureland The documentary will form the centrepiece...more

12 Jan 2021 | Press release

ADA Benelux strikes deal with Disruptive Records

  ADA, Warner Music’s independent artist and label services division, has struck a distribution deal with Disruptive Records, an independent label that specialises in music tailored to specific moods from chill house to lofi hip-hop and which is also home to...more

12 Jan 2021 | Press release

Veteran agent Ryan Farlow joins Arrival Artists

Arrival Artists Expands Its Roster with the Addition of Agent Ryan Farlow   Recently formed talent agency Arrival Artists announces the addition of veteran agent Ryan Farlow to its fold, with clients including Andy Shauf, Connan Mockasin, Charlie Cunningham, Enter Shikari, Georgia,...more

11 Jan 2021 | Press release

Amy Wheatley and Negla Abdela promoted at Ministry Of Sound

Amy Wheatley named Managing Director, Negla Abdela becomes General Manager   Sony Music UK announce that Amy Wheatley has been promoted to Managing Director and Negla Abdela has been promoted to General Manager at Ministry of Sound. Both executives will report to...more

11 Jan 2021 | Press release

Kwame Safo joins PRS Foundation as Grants & Programmes Manager for the organisation's industry funds

  Kwame will oversee the management of flagship funds including PPL Momentum Music Fund, International Showcase Fund and Hitmaker   PRS Foundation, the UK's leading charitable funder of new music and talent development, announces today the appointment of Kwame Safo as Grants & Programmes Manager (Industry...more

11 Jan 2021 | Press release

Round Hill Music announces acquisition of Jim Vallance catalogue

Round Hill Music has announced the acquisition of the back catalog of Canadian songwriter Jim Vallance. Born in British Columbia in 1952 Jim Vallance is perhaps best known as the songwriting partner of fellow Canadian musician Bryan Adams with whom he wrote...more

11 Jan 2021 | Press release

Groundbreaking Artist Songwriting Camp Announced

Distiller Records and Ostereo Team Up with Six Featured Artists for Week-Long Virtual Writing Session Reverend & The Makers, Sophie & The Giants and Fanny Andersen Among Artists Participating Alongside Producers & Topline Specialists Given the restrictions and social distancing measures...more

11 Jan 2021 | Press release

2020 Canada year-end report highlights

Link to MRC Data Report HERE    THE YEAR IN GLOBAL On Sept. 14, Billboard and MRC Data unveiled the first two authoritative rankings of the top songs globally: the Billboard Global 200 and Billboard Global Excluding U.S. charts. “WAP” by Cardi B featuring Megan Thee Stallion led the inaugural...more

10 Jan 2021 | Press release

Musicians' Union expresses anger at leaked news that Government rejected EU offer of visa-free travel for touring musicians

The Musicians' Union (MU) has reacted with alarm to the news that the UK Government rejected an EU offer of visa-free touring by British musicians. Having been reassured by Ministers for many months that the creative arts, and the music industry...more

10 Jan 2021 | Press release

MMF statement on suggestions that UK Govt rejected visa-free touring in the EU

Annabella Coldrick, CEO of MMF"Last February, the Home Secretary stood up in the House of Commons and claimed that the situation for British musicians touring Europe would be completely unchanged, and that touring routes would operate as they do now. A...more

09 Jan 2021 |

Eurosonic Noorderslag Returns in Digital Form for 2021

Next week marks the start of the annual festival and music conference Eurosonic Noorderslag with a line-up featuring Norwegian act Sassy 009 and Rimon from the Netherlands*, both of whom have also been nominated in the Music Moves Europe Talent...more

08 Jan 2021 | Press release

Lockdown streaming drives entertainment sales to £9bn – and fastest growth rate since records began

Video streaming and downloads up nearly 40%Games market exceeds £4bn for the first time  Music scores best result since 2006 Locked down Britain turned to digital music, video and games in record numbers in 2020, increasing entertainment revenues by 16.8% to a record £9.05bn, according...more

08 Jan 2021 | Press release

Warner Chappell Music France appoints Michèle Domi as Senior Artistic Director

Warner Chappell Music France, the music publishing arm of Warner Music Group, today announces the appointment of Michèle Domi as Senior Artistic Director.  She will be based in the company’s Paris office and report to its Managing Director Matthieu Tessier. Michèle...more

15 Jan 2021

  • BMG acquires Mick Fleetwood catalogue; Round Hill Music acquires Billy Duffy catalogue (see Deals)

  • EU insists it was the UK government's choice to end visa-free touring for musicians (see News)

  • Indie executives launch Exceleration Music (see Business)

14 Jan 2021

  • Merlin expands relationship with Apple Music (see News) 

  • Tidal reports rise in revenue, plus $50m loss for 2019 (see Business)

13 Jan 2021

  • Hipgnosis acquires Shakira catalogue (see Deals)

  • US judge upholds entire $1bn copyright infringement penalty against ISP Cox Communications (see International)

  • Olivia Rodrigo's 'drivers license' sets streaming record (see News)

12 Jan 2021

  • Government refutes EU visa touring story (see News)

  • Spotify is one of the most underappreciated growth stories of the next decade (see Analysis)

  • Amy WheatleyNegla Abdela promoted at Ministry of Sound (see Business)

11 Jan 2021

  • Government said to have rejected an EU offer of visa-free touring by British musicians (see News)

  • Old Town Road declared biggest song in RIAA history (see News)

  • Analyst downgrades Hipgnosis after concerns about the fund’s valuation methodologies and cash flow profile (see Analysis)

08 Jan 2021

  • ERA figures: Music streaming revenues bigger than entire 2016 market (see Analysis)

  • How streaming killed our music tribes (see Features)

  • The music of David Bowie now on TikTok (see Digital)

07 Jan 2021

  • Warner invests in gaming platform Roblox (see Business)

  • Pa Salieu wins BBC Music Sound of 2021 (see Media)

06 Jan 2021

  • Streams and vinyl enjoy positive growth in US for 2020 (see News)

  • DCMS Select Committee told some music festivals could be called off (see News)

  • Hipgnosis acquires 50% interest in Neil Young’s catalogue (see Deals)

05 Jan 2021

  • UK Music report highlights actions government must take to support live industry (see News)

  • Spotify 'becomes a hub for bootlegs of popular songs' (see Digital)

  • Hipgnosis acquires Lindsey Buckingham catalogue (see Deals)

04 Jan 2021

  • BPI figures for 2020 highlights strong year for streaming, and what it takes to cut through (see News)

  • Questions remain for touring after Brexit trade deal (see News)

  • Hipgnosis acquires Jimmy Iovine catalogue (see Deals)