Youtube Music has announced the largest global class till date with 27 independent artists joining the 2021 class of Foundry Program. According to YouTube: “Foundry is focused on serving independent music because we believe that the creative potential of independent artists is unmatched. Receiving our most applications ever, the 2021 Foundry Class is the largest to date with 27 artists representing 14 countries and a broad spectrum of musical heritage.

As a part of the Foundry program artists will receive YouTube’s dedicated partner support and seed capital invested for the development of their content. YouTube says that the “combination of access to resources and great teams enables artists to create and launch their music with greater impact and global reach.

Started in 2015 as a workshop series Foundry has supported over 150 developing artists spread across 15 countries. “Being a part of Foundry was an amazing experience,” said Tems. “You get to connect with so many incredible artists and build relationships with wonderful people. It’s an opportunity to grow, and connect more with the world.” 

Foundry is designed for artists who envision their own success. Let’s have a look at the Foundry Class of 2021.

Ambar Lucid 

Fort Collins, Colorado, United States

Bad Milk 

Medellín, Colombia

Bella Shmurda

Lagos, Nigeria


Medellín, Colombia


Tokyo, Japan


Tokyo, Japan


Toronto, Canada


London, England

Fana Hues

Pasadena, California, United States

Junior Mesa

Bakersfield, California, United States

Marina Sena

Taiobeiras, Minas Gerais, Brazil


Manchester, England

Paranoid 1966

Alicante, Spain 

Paris Texas 

Los Angeles, California, United States


New York City, New York, United States


Houston, Texas, United States

Rote Mütze Raphi

Munich, Germany


Seoul, South Korea

Seedhe Maut

New Delhi, Delhi, India 


London, England

Sinéad Harnett

London, England

Snail Mail

Baltimore, Maryland, United States


Atlanta, Georgia, United States


Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Tenille Arts

Nashville, Tennessee, United States


Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic


São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil