The Music Business Management MA student was nominated for producing the song ‘Black Rose’ by Ghetts, part of his critically acclaimed album Ghetto Gospel: The New Testament, which Jojo also produced.
Jojo is the 2018 recipient of the Richard Antwi scholarship, which aims to continue Antwi’s legacy by supporting black and minority ethnic students to realise their full potential on the MA in Music Business Management. Recipients are encouraged to build on his legacy for a more vibrant and inclusive music industry.
Co-written by Ghetts, Kojey Radical, Daniel Miles, Jaime Naldo Menezes and Jojo Mukeza, ‘Black Rose’ is a representation of the Black British community and is performed by Ghetts and Kojey Radical.
Nominations for The Ivors were announced late April and represent the work of 48 individual songwriters and composers, 70 per cent of whom are nominated for the first time. To be eligible for the award, works had to have at least a third of British or Irish songwriting of composing contribution and had to be commercially released in the UK in 2018.
Talking about his experience as a Richard Antwi scholar, Jojo said: “The course has been a great eye-opener to how the music business operates allowing me to potentially open up a path where I can earn a living from my craft.
“I have also had the opportunity to meet and connect with people in the industry which have led to some interesting projects. I look forward to seeing the many doors this course could lead to be in front of.”
The Ivors award ceremony will take place at the JW Marriott Grosvenor House in London on Thursday 23 May. In their 64th year, the awards are sponsored by PRS for Music and celebrate excellence in songwriting and screen composition, recognising its contribution to UK music across categories for songs, albums, films, TV and video game scores.
Applications for the 2019 Richard Antwi Scholarship are open for individuals who are from the UK BAME communities and have a place on MA in Music Business Management for September 2019. Applicants must demonstrate passion and experience or interest in music, music and technology or music management. The course and scholarship are available to both full and part-time modes of study.