DISRUPT – applications closed

Go Back
DISRUPT – applications closed

We’re looking for young MCs, producers, instrumentalists, vocalists and spoken word artists to join us for DISRUPT – an exciting new hip-hop project led by Balraj Samrai from Manchester’s award-winning Swing Ting party and record label.

Open to all genders, this is for artists aged 16-25 working towards a career in music, or those wanting to develop skills in collaboration, songwriting, production and live performance.

Sessions will be relaxed, supportive and free of charge.

What’s involved

Over five days (Sun 7 – Thu 11 Jul), you’ll work with established artists and producers (Balraj Samrai, MC Fox and Lady Ice) to create original music combining hip hop, electronics, spoken word and live instrumentation to represent themes of protest.

At the end of the week, you’ll take part in a special live performance at Radical Lates.

The theme

Words and music have always provided an essential outlet for people to have a voice – through hip hop, punk, folk and other genres and scenes across the world, influencing politics, society and change.

Past, present and future – DISRUPT will explore how music can be used as a powerful tool for protest, resistance and liberation.

This residency is based at People’s History Museum (PHM). In 2019 PHM are running a year-long programme to mark the 200th year since the Peterloo Massacre; a major event in Manchester’s history, and a defining moment for Britain’s democracy. You’ll use their current exhibition Disrupt? Peterloo and Protest as inspiration, along with your own personal experiences of protest.

“On this residency we’ll come together to explore how the themes of Peterloo resonate with you and the world we live in. This is your chance to be bold, expressive and create music without limits!” – Balraj Samrai

Get involved

To take part you should be:

  • 16-25 years old
  • Working towards a career in music
  • Based in Greater Manchester, Cheshire or Merseyside
  • Available between Sun 7 – Thu 11 Jul

If you’re interested in taking part, please complete an online application form* by Sunday 16 June, midnight.


We recommend downloading a sample form for reference before submitting online.

If you have any questions or require more information please contact us on info@brightersound.com or 0161 830 3899.

*We’re committed to supporting and meeting the needs of people with learning difficulties or disabilities. If you require the application in a different format or have difficulty completing your application online, please call us to discuss alternative options on 0161 830 3899.

Practical info

  • DISRUPT will take place from 7-11 Jul at the People’s History Museum, Manchester, with the final performance taking place on Thu 11 July (pm)
  • This is a free opportunity
  • Lunch will be provided each day
  • Travel bursaries are available to help you get to and from the residency – please tell us in your application if you would find this useful

About Balraj Samrai

Producer, DJ, Educator & Director (Balraj) Samrai is one of the founding members of Manchester’s Swing Ting party and imprint – profiled by Resident Advisor, FACT magazine & Bandcamp Daily. He’s guested on BBC Asian Network (Manara/Yasser’s shows), Radio 1 (Toddla T’s show) & 1Xtra (Tash LC’s show), co-hosting a monthly show on NTS Live with fellow Swing Ting crew members Joey B & Platt. He’s released on labels UTTU, DBA, Keysound, Niche N Bump & Fat City, performing in Europe, North America, Asia and the Caribbean. Samrai currently lectures at BIMM Music college in Manchester.