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Shao Dow (Pronounced Sha-ow-dough) is a full time rapper and entrepreneur; with no label or industry support he has singlehandedly spent his career building his musical repertoire, merchandise range and fanbase. Winner of ‘Hardest Working Artist’ at The AIM Awards (2017) and ‘Music Artist Of The Year’ at The AME Awards (2017), he is one of only a handful of truly independent UK rappers able to live entirely from his music.

An innovator both musically and professionally, he has planned and funded tours, written and released a book, launched his own brand of headphones and opened pop up shops in major shopping centres selling a range of his music and merchandise.

Aja joined PRS Foundation in February 2020 and is the Grants Coordinator on our Industry Funds such as International Showcase Fund, PPL Momentum and Hitmaker. She came to us from the Albany in Deptford where she was Acting Creative Programmes Manager responsible for booking music, theatre, spoken-word and events across three venues and coordinating the Lewisham Council Festival of Creative Ageing: Age Against the Machine. Prior to this she was Producer at HowTheLightGetsIn Festival, programming music creators for the festival year on year.

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Achal Dhillon is the managing director of Killing Moon, a London based artist management company, record label and live promoter. He is also the Head of A&R and Artist Development for new indie music group Last Man Music, of which Killing Moon Records is an imprint. He is also a director at The Association Of Independent Music, a consultant for Festival Republic, and a freelance journalist for Music Business Worldwide and Metro.co.uk. More recently, Achal has created a label with BBC Radio 1’s Daniel P Carter and joined the management team for Perry Farrell/Jane’s Addiction.

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Don Letts’ reputation has been firmly established in both the film and music world by a substantial body of work from the late 70’s through the 80’s, 90’s and well into the millennium. His work has been exhibited in The Kitchen N.Y.C, The Institute of Contemporary Art, The N.F.T in London and was honored at Brooklyn’s BAM festival and The Milan Film festival.  In March 2003 he won a Grammy for his documentary ‘Westway To The World’.

 He came to notoriety in the late 70’s as the DJ that single handedly turned a whole generation of punks onto reggae. It was whilst as a d.j at the first punk club ‘The Roxy’ in 1977, that Don adopted the punk D.I.Y ethic and begun to make his first film ‘The Punk Rock Movie’. Shot on Super-8mm it is the only documentary on the U.K punk scene w/ Sex Pistols-The Clash and many others. This led to a period directing over 300 music videos for an eclectic mix of diverse artists ranging from Public Image to Bob Marley. He then moved into documentary work covering the likes of Gil Scot-Heron, The Jam, Sun Ra, George Clinton and most recently Paul McCartney. Dancehall Queen (co-directedby Rick Elgood) shot in location in Jamaica 1997 was his first feature film.

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