“We risk losing another McCartney or Bowie”
Producer Paul Epworth – best known for his work with Adele – has spoken out on the issue of financial barriers within the music industry.
In a new interview with The TelegraphEpworth warned of the lost potential of people from disadvantaged backgrounds trying to break into the business.
“Due to funding cuts, youth club closures, venue closures and increasing hardship, it’s getting harder and harder to get into the creative industries unless you already know someone who can advise you or offer you an internship,” he said.
“If you’re a kid from a disadvantaged background without those ties, you have no hope of realizing your dreams of a job in music.”
The English producer then lent his support to London’s Ivors Academy, a music academy that offers a new two-year degree in creative entrepreneurship for students aged 19 and over. Epworth himself will serve as a tutor and mentor in the degree course, which is dubbed “TheWRD”, and has highlighted its importance for budding artists.
“Without this [diploma]we risk losing another Paul McCartney or David Bowie and their massive contribution to British and global culture,” he said.
Epworth got his start as an indie rock album producer in the mid-2000s, working on albums such as Bloc Party’s “Silent Alarm” and Maxïmo Park’s “A Certain Trigger.” He began working with Adele on her second album, 21, in 2011, and has produced the majority of her work since. Notably, Epworth received an Academy Award, a Golden Globe and a Grammy Award for his work on Adele’s James Bond theme, “Skyfall.”