Paloma Faith, The Script, Xavier Naidoo, Laura Mvula and Taio Cruz are amongst a host of artists who have come together to support an album and dance festival set to fund the first International Debt Free Music Degree.

 

The primary fundraising activities in the foundation year will focus on the Crowd Source Funding scheme, this will include an album of international collaborations, an exclusive Debt Free Dance Festival fundraising event, and a ‘Debt III Degree’ merchandise range.

 

The International Debt Free Scholarship Scheme is being launched through Kickstarter as a means for crowd source funding.

 

The album is being produced by ‘new kid on the block’ Deauxpe (producer of What Now - Rihanna), and German hit makers Banks & Rawdriguez (Xavier Naidoo, Cassandra Steen, The Voice of Germany). Advanced copies of the album titled ‘The Debt Free Project’ will be released in Aug’ 2015, and the Dance Festival takes place at a secret location in March 2016.

 

The rise in tuition fees over the years has left the average music student in the UK with a debt of approximately £63,168 with graduate income of just £18,000, compared to £35,000 for a subject related degree. This is an opportunity for a select group of young people to pursue their dreams without the burden of debt hanging around their necks.

 

The London based Music Consultancy All-Star Music Group (AMG), with the support of the Pop Akademie and the University of Westminster, has launched a campaign designed to fund the place of at least one student per year on a BA or Masters programs in either Popular Music or Music Business at the prestigious Pop Akademie in Mannheim, Germany.

 

This scholarship offers a unique and unparalleled opportunity to cherry pick modules from the University of Westminster, Ballyfermot College, Rock Academie & Herman Brood Academie (Holland) or Columbia College.

 

The scheme is a project of passion for ADÉ, Founder of Debt Free Music Degree Scholarship and CEO of AMG. ADÉ said: "I was given up for adoption when I was just 18 months old and I left school very under qualified and with few prospects for the future. If it were not for the generous helping hands of some fantastic friends and mentors over the years, I might never have been able to write this chapter of my life. I am committed to improving the career experiences of less fortunate music makers."

 

Kwame Kwaten, Manager for Laura Mvula, said: “This Scheme is a fantastic program offering less fortunate talents a ‘Once In A Lifetime Opportunity’ to study for a degree without the burden of debt. It deserves the support of the entire music industry.”