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Mark Ronson supports Beat Bus hip hop project

By | Published on Tuesday 30 June 2020

Mark Ronson

Mark Ronson has donated £1000 to ensure the continuation of Hull-based music project the Beat Bus, which gives disadvantaged young people access to equipment and support for making hip hop.

“I started making beats on a drum machine, so the name Beats Bus instantly grabbed me”, Ronson tells the BBC. “I saw a tweet about it and the minute I saw what they were doing, I thought that’s great. People like me who grew up with opportunities to do this stuff take it for granted; there might be somebody out there whose dream it is to make music who doesn’t have the equipment without something like Beats Bus”.

Founded in 2017, during Hull’s year as City Of Culture, founder Steve Arnott said that he was “overwhelmed” by Ronson’s support for the project. Along with a donation of £1300 by comedian Lucy Beaumont, the project will be able to continue to work with eight young people this year.