Specialized 6, What’s new for 2017

Announcing the artist who Specialized will be covering in 2017!

Since 2012, the Specialized Project has released five highly acclaimed tribute albums. We’ve celebrated The Specials, The Beat, Madness, The Clash and most recently Bob Marley.
And at 7.30pm on November 30th we will be announcing the artist who Specialized will be covering in 2017!

Once again, this album will boast 70 tracks presented to you in a beautifully designed four disc CD box-set, and will feature music by artists from around the world.
As well as this exciting new tribute album, we shall be bringing you a new series of compilation albums published under our ‘Get Specialized’ series. These will be made up of original works by artists who have supported the Specialized Project from the start.

Added to that, we are planning events in Australia and America as well as our ‘Specialive’ events in the UK, including of course our annual festival The Big One.
Specialized is a musical community concept that was created in 2012 to raise funds to improve the lives of teens and young adults with cancer or who are living in difficult circumstances.

Music acknowledgement: Kind Of Loneliness – Rory McLeod

Due to the incredible response for Specialized 6 we are now closing applications. Everyone that has already messaged will receive a reponse. Bless you all

During 2017 we will be supporting the following causes

Tonic Music for Mental Health

Tonic Music for Mental Health is a not-for-profit organisation established in June 2012. Terry Hall (The Specials) and Kevin Cummins (Music Photographer) are both Tonic patrons. Tonic raises awareness and challenges the stigma often associated with mental illness through music and art based events and activities in association with an array of established and local artists.

Tonic financially supports musicians and artists experiencing mental illness through funding art and music projects that serve to promote individual recovery and provide a route to enabling the individual to earn an income from their craft. Projects include funding an EP for band The High Wire Act and paying for an art space and start up costs for project In A Bind. Tonic also financially supports musicians and artists plan, run & facilitate music and art groups.

Tonic’s most recent campaign is to purchase instruments for all NHS psychiatric hospitals across the UK to help aid individual recovery through music.

Tonic also provides voluntary and work experience opportunities for creative people who have direct experience of mental illness.

National Foundation for Youth Music

The charity Youth Music help transform the lives of disadvantaged children and young people by supporting them to achieve their full potential through engagement and progression in music making.

Interested artists please contact us here

For children and young people who have had a difficult start in life, involvement in music making can really turn things around. As a tool for self expression, therapy and personal growth, music is uniquely placed to help.

Being involved in a music project where they are supported and encouraged, their creativity welcomed and nurtured, allows young people with difficult lives to begin to find their way, take charge of their lives and take positive steps for the future.

Their goal is to ensure that all children with musical talent and potential have opportunities to develop their talent regardless of background or chosen genre.

Many young musicians are amazingly creative and inspiring in their music making. When they are encouraged by working with skilled musicians and given environments in which their learning can be fast tracked and their creativity can blossom, their ability to create new music and surpass all expectations is breathtaking.

Not all young people are in the position to continue their musical careers to a high level. However, many Youth Music funded projects aim to ensure that the nation’s most talented young musicians have access to these opportunities.

Communities divided by prejudice or gangs can be brought together to perform. Writing lyrics can enable a bereaved teenager to express their grief. Making hip-hop beats can help a kid understand maths in a way they never grasped at school.
Being young can be hard. And we know that troubles don’t end the moment you hit 18. That’s why we work with children and young people from the moment they’re born right up until the age of 25.

The Teenage Cancer Trust

Around six young people aged between 13 and 24 are diagnosed with cancer every day in the UK. They need expert treatment and support from the moment they hear the word ‘cancer.’ We’re the only charity dedicated to making this happen. We bring young people together so they can be treated together, by teenage cancer experts, in the best place for them. We educate young people about cancer and work with health professionals to develop their knowledge so we can improve the speed and quality of diagnosis. And by funding research and working with our partners in the NHS, government and organisations both nationally and internationally, we strive to improve survival rates.

We lead the world in the care of young people with cancer. Together with these young people, their families and the passion of our supporters, we’re challenging the NHS and transforming lives.

Over 21 years Teenage Cancer Trust has learnt a lot about what it’s like to be a young person with cancer – their unique emotional, physical and practical needs. Because Teenage Cancer Trust understands, they can provide better care, better services and hopefully a more positive outcome for young people. There’s never a good time to get cancer, but for a teenager the timing seems particularly cruel. Young people can get some of the most rare and aggressive forms of cancer. Their rapidly changing bodies can work against them, enabling the cancer to grow faster. The emotional upheaval of adolescence can make a cancer diagnosis even harder to cope with.

Without the work of Teenage Cancer Trust, young people with cancer would be treated alongside children or elderly patients at the end of their lives. Being away from your normal life, friends and environment at such a vulnerable time is the last thing they need.


Specialized brings together amateur and professional musicians with the shared goal of creating musical projects to raise funds for cancer research and support agencies, particularly The Teenage Cancer Trust and now The National Foundation for Youth Music. This has been achieved by the production of themed albums supported by live music events across the UK. To date we have released five compilation albums and string of singles. As well as encouraging the production of musical releases by artists supporting our aims Initially working within the genres of reggae and ska music we now embrace musicians from across the world of many musical styles. Specialized is very aware of how musicians are often pressured to donate their time to charities sometimes to unmanageable extents and it’s with this in mind that we’ve strived to create a positive community that supports those who have given so generously to us.

We offer artists our platform to promote their own works through Specialized Records, Specialized Radio and Specialized Booking as well as offering free consultation and support for their own events and recording.

We have a dedicated team of musicians and music industry workers that devote substantial amounts of their own time without reward. They include project and events management specialists, musicians, artists, producers, promoters, marketing and web design professionals. You can find more about our team Click here

Artists wishing to take part please contact us here. a downloadable guide for musicians can be found here

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