YouTube today announced the launch of its first Foundry Class of 2020, the platform’s global artist development program that, according to the announcement, “helps independent artists use music and storytelling to engage fans all over the world and build careers with a vision that is really uniquely their own.” Past Foundry artists include Dua Lipa, Rosalia, Kenny Beats, Omar Apollo among the approximately 120 artists it has featured to date.
The new class is comprised of 12 artists from around the world including Glasgow, Kyoto, London, Los Angeles, Mumbai, New York, Marseille, Puerto Rico and Sydney.
Foundry’s inaugural 2020 class includes:
Los Angeles singer-songwriter Adam Melchor,
Puerto Rican trap artist Eladio Carrion,
Brooklyn experimentalist Gabriel Garzon-Montano,
Birmingham grime artist and actor Jaykae,
Glasgow R&B singer Joesef,
Los Angeles-based corridos trailblazer Natanael Cano,
five-piece Japanese indie rock band Novelbright,
Mumbai DJ/producer duo Lost Stories,
Sydney pop-rock brothers Lime Cordiale,
avant-garde French pop-rap artist TESSÆ,
Nigerian singer and producer Tems,
and Korean-American multitalent REI AMI.
Watch a video with the artists below