BBC Radio 1Xtra DJ/Presenter and UK media powerhouse Sian Anderson today launches “Nexxt
Step” a new project supported by the Mayor of London.
Nexxt Step will encourage London’s music scene to recognise and support the development of
women in music by mentoring and profiling artists aged 18-24 from London who are ready to take
their existing career to the next step. After a month of mentored workshops, writing camps and studio
sessions this October, participants will write, record and perform an EP supporting the theme
#BehindEveryGreatCity which they will release with support from Saint Music and Parlophone
Applications are now open for those who have already actively started making music, such as
performing at open mics or shows, and releasing freestyles digitally or on social media. Those
accepted onto the programme will participate in a four-week studio based mentoring camp, with the
aim of completing an EP.
In November, after completing the project, the young artists will headline XOYO for two nights [7th
and 14th November], giving them the chance to showcase their talents. They will then perform at City
Hall in a final show on 23rd November, launching the release of the new EP.
The project itself is curated and led by media mogul Sian Anderson who in 2017 mentored 40 young
people from across the UK during her youth mentoring programme FLOOR SIXX Music Academy.
“Following on from FLOOR SIXX Music Academy, I was keen to empower more women and provide
platforms, spaces and knowledge to those who need it. Black music is a great London success story;
it is an internationally renowned sound with awarding winning artists but black women are still a
minority within their own scene. Launching a music career is such a weighty task and without the right
helping hand can be a real long, lonely and frustrating process. I want to make it an educational but
enjoyable process and inject live music, live performances and live mentoring into the programme to
cover as many areas as possible and encourage other industry executives to recognise and support
the development of our women too,” says Sian.