PITCH, Scotland’s international, multi-venue conference of hip hop and underground culture, has announced artist applications are open for the event.

Taking place in Glasgow’s East End on Saturday 27th August, two acts chosen will feature at the live evening showcase alongside AiiTee, MC Salum, MC LOTOS and Mace the Great. All six showcase acts will be invited to a post-conference information session on taking the next steps in their careers and receive a £500 creative development grant supported by PRS Foundation.

The callout comes as Pitch announces details of a presentation charting the history of hip hop, the addition of fourth outdoor venue BAaD (Barras Art and Design) and confirms a day-time hip hop dance performance by THREE60.

Also confirmed is the addition of an exclusive stream of a discussion on strategies for setting up your own music business presented by the Association of Independent Music (AIM). Chaired by Ben Wynter of AIM and talent management company Unstoppable Music Group, the pre-recorded discussion will feature input from artist manager Mobolaji Agoro, double SAMA-winning hyperpop musician TAAHLIAH, artist/producer Donae’o and Stella Reid, founder of independent artist development hub and management service Rough Bones Records.

Joe Frankland, CEO at the PRS Foundation says: Following the huge success of HANG, we are excited to see it evolving into Pitch – a vital conference and showcasing event which brings together creators and professionals working in hip hop and underground genres in Scotland and beyond. We’re pleased to support this year’s event through PRS Foundation’s Open Fund, and particularly look forward to seeing the impact this will have on the creative and career development of the artists involved. There are so many talented people in underground scenes across Scotland right now – including POWER UP participants Bemz, Becky Sikasa, Mobolaji Agoro, Sami Omar and TAAHLIAH – and we know Pitchand other events and initiatives in Scotland provide much-needed opportunities for talent to thrive nationally and internationally.”

Pitch encourages applications for the live showcase from artists already releasing music and creating waves on Scotland’s live scene who have an interest in the wider aims and activities of the conference. To apply for the showcase visit: pitchscotland.com

Day-time registration is free, and evening passes are £5 available from Eventbrite.