The founders of the London-based studio Metallic Inc., Grace Ladoja MBE and Alex Sossah have just launched the third iteration of the Metallic Fund, a programme that provides financial assistance and professional guidance to British Black creatives – with a focus on music, fashion and film.
The Metallic Fund was established in 2020 to attempt to overcome racial disparities in the creative industry. Since then, the programme has given more than £150,000 in direct funding to Black and POC creatives, enabling participants to advance their careers and bring projects to life.
The 2023 fund will distribute £60,000 to aspiring artists who aspire to realise their artistic goals. It has four categories: Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze which will help support these individuals financially while they build their idea from the bottom up. Most importantly, mentorship is given to great young black creatives and business owners as Grace Ladoja says, “I think what’s more important is that you get the network and mentorship.”
Their ultimate objective she continues is “to build generational wealth as a community and a race.” She believes “being creative is amazing, but how do you turn that into a business quicker?”
In the past, South London rapper Louis Culture, trumpeter Ife Ogunjobi, and radio station No Signal have all been chosen as winners. To be in the chance of winning, apply to the fund here. In March, those who are chosen will be notified.