MOBO Movement Launched at House of Commons - 26th March 2015

Now in its 20th year, the MOBO Organisation is starting its Movement to help create more platforms and career opportunities for talent from diverse backgrounds.

Yesterday, a reception was held at the House of Commons to launch the MOBO Movement. The event was hosted by HSBC’s Carol Bagnald and Chuka Umunna MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation & Skills who addressed a very diverse audience of creative industry and other business leaders, broadcast representatives, entrepreneurs, musical and sports talent with a driven speech as to how he had personally experienced and attended the MOBO Awards over the years. Stressing its significance to urban music and culture, he singled out Jazzie B who received his first ever UK award at the first MOBO Awards in 1996.

The MOBO initiative is to highlight and support the steps that are already being taken to address the diversity issue within the industry. In addition, MOBO will be reaching out to work directly with various influential organisations across the cultural and creative industries to provide additional platforms and opportunities for exceptional talent fully in line with MOBO’s ethos since its inception.

Kanya King MBE, Founder, MOBO Awards went on to passionately point out why the Movement is a logical next step for MOBO after having repeatedly been asked by many, ‘Why aren’t you doing in other creative sectors what you’ve done in music?’ by providing platforms and opportunities for exceptional talent with a steely determination to succeed. She reported on progress being made and interest received thus far from people and organisations across the industry in support of the Movement and its ‘Spotlight Season’ in October when numerous organisations will be participating in activities to further careers.

“Far too often the mainstream complain that the talent simply is not out there or ‘We don’t know where to find them’. MOBO plan to be the bridge connecting promising and proven talent with organisations wanting to work with the best regardless of their background, colour or creed.

As long as urban culture in all its guises continues to have a significant impact on creativity we want to be around to facilitate, elevate and celebrate that success, offering a snapshot of ground-breaking achievements, a taste of fun, a bit of history, having the innovative forces at work from grass roots level to the highest pinnacle.”

As part of the MOBO Movement, the ‘Spotlight Season’ is designed to create additional platforms and career opportunities. In the month of October MOBO will be introducing a season of celebrations covering film, fashion, the arts and literature whether it is through exhibitions, film showcases, workshops and seminars, business events and fashion extravaganzas.

Guest speaker Ed Vaizey MP, Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, who was initially reminded by host Carol Bagnald of his dancing capabilities and promptly demonstrated them behind the podium, felt it absolutely necessary to attend the launch not only given the importance of the creative sectors as a whole but specifically for the unique and significant position MOBO has held over the years and its very positive approach towards a fairer representation of talented people from diverse backgrounds within the creative industries.

“I’m 100% committed to this agenda because it’s time for change which will require hard work and constant engagement. This is a staging post for the next stage – taking the MOBOs to the next level.  The MOBO Movement is a brilliant and aspiring idea. It is essential and I hope all organisations approached will get fully behind it to show case BAME talent across the creative industry.”

In the months to come MOBO will be announcing various initiatives to be featured during the 'Spotlight Season' in the month of October.



26th March 2015.