UCAN Recognized for Social Innovation by Madison Magazine

 Urban Community Arts Network (UCAN) is honored by and thankful for the M List Award we received from Madison Magazine on November 12th of 2015.

The M List, as described by Madison Magazine, is "a who’s who of organizations and individuals who are having an impact on our local culture and economy."  For years, UCAN has worked to create opportunities and build infrastructure in the local urban arts community while forging partnerships with area teachers, community centers and youth service organizations.  We are thankful to be recognized for our efforts and grateful to see other local entities recognized for effecting positive social change in our city.

To read more about the M List, its 2015 theme of social innovation, and those honored, please visit http://www.channel3000.com/madison-magazine/best-of-madison/m-list-2015-social-innovation/35704546

To watch UCAN founding members Mark "Shah" Evans and Pacal "DJ Pain 1" Bayley discuss the organization's work on Channel 3000, please visit http://www.channel3000.com/entertainment/UCAN-teaches-through-hip-hop/36252686


6th annual Madison Hip-Hop Awards THIS SATURDAY, Nov 7 #2015MHHA

The 6th annual Madison Hip-Hop Awards is this Saturday at the Barrymore Theatre, red carpet at 7pm, show at 8pm. Tickets are $10 at the door. Come see your favorite local artists get honored for their work! Press release and flyer below.

A portion of the proceeds this year will benefit the East Madison Community Center Madison Breakers program! Check out the video below for more info on the great work they do!

For immediate release.
Event Will Feature Live Performances, Awards Ceremony with Proceeds Benefiting Local Charity

MADISON, WI – [Oct. 29, 2015] – The Urban Community Arts Network (UCAN), with support from Madison Media Institute, will present the sixth annual Madison Hip-Hop Awards (MHHA) show at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 7 at the Barrymore Theatre, 2090 Atwood Ave. UCAN is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering and sustaining the local Hip-Hop scene through education and live music events in the community.
With over a dozen award categories, exclusive rap “cyphers” from Madison-based lyricists, and live performances by 2015 award recipients, the MHHA event will build on its traditions while ushering in a new generation of award recipients.  Performers include Amy Alida, Trilogy, EMCC Breakers, K.I.N.G. Kronos, and Play Fair Cypher.  Proceeds from the event will benefit the East Madison Community Center’s breakdance program.

"Madison has many extremely talented artists and MHHA gives them a chance to shine locally. Recognition such as this gives artists an edge when competing to enter regional and national music scenes,” says Karen Reece, UCAN president. “Consistency is something Madison Hip-Hop hasn’t seen, so celebrating our sixth year is important,” says UCAN founding member DJ Pain 1. Though Madison’s urban music community is both strong and accomplished, few opportunities are locally available, making the MHHA all the more vital for professional development and sustainability. 

Hundreds of fans have cast votes in this year’s virtual ballot box by visiting the MHHA website at www.madisonhiphopawards.com. Some award categories include: Artist of the Year, Group, Producer, and Studio Engineer as well as awards for Best Videographer, Radio Personality, Album and Mixtape, among others. Each year, votes are independently counted and verified by Broadjam, a Madison-based music services company.
Tickets are currently available for $10 in advance and on the night of the event at the Barrymore box office. Donations for the event can also be made at the MHHA website.