Ruff Sqwad Arts Foundation
Who we are & how it started.
Founded by Grime Legends Prince Owusu-Agyekum (aka Rapid) and Ebenezer Ayerh (aka Slix), the Ruff Sqwad Arts Foundation (RSAF) is a registered CIO, charity number 1173218, set up in 2017 to help young people reach their full potential in creative careers and life.
RSAF formalises and develops the work that Prince and Ebs have been doing since 2014 based at Spotlight, Bow. We aim to create meaningful cultural engagement opportunities for young people, and give them access to mainstream resources, opportunities, and progression pathways, by integrating high quality arts, youth work, industry connections, and enterprise.
We are currently in development stage, supported through Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts, and plan to launch early 2018. We directly deliver music sessions and partnership projects, and given the genres of music we specialise in, a lot of the young people attracted to the projects come from less advantaged background. We plan to be based at Spotlight for the next 12-18 months whilst looking for our own RSAF space, and are developing collaborations for a wider programme.