Gucci announces Music Fund winners

Emeli Sandé supports project

Gucci Timepieces & Jewellery has today announced the names of the first students it will send to Grammy Camp as part of its newly-launched UK Music Fund.

Quinn Oulton, 17, and 18-year-old Isaac Duribe will travel to California for a 10-day residential camp at the University of Southern California campus.

The twosome were selected from a group of 10 students at the World Heart Beat Music Academy who submitted videos of their performances along with accounts of their ambitions.


World Heart Beat Music Academy is a charity based in Wandsworth, London, that aims to extend access to music to children who might not otherwise receive any musical training. Gucci’s UK Music Fund is a partner of the school, which opened in 2012.

The UK Music Fund itself launched in April this year with the aim of discovering and nurturing British music talent. Emeli Sandé is one of the high-profile talents who is supporting the project.


Looks like she’s got some competition though: Quinn Oulton is a saxophonist who achieved distinction in his grade 8 examination at the age of 11, and Isaac Duribe is an emerging electronics producer.

Naturally, they can’t wait to head to the west coast.

‘I’m looking forward to applying the new skills learnt during my scholarship to compose different genres of music,’ said Isaac.

‘It’s a brilliant opportunity, the step I need,’ Quinn added.

After the residential camp, both will receive a minimum of a year’s tuition funding to further their music careers.

Plus, to support the UK Music Fund, Gucci Timepieces & Jewellery is launching a new model of its iconic interlocking watch. The timepiece – designed for both men and women – will be available in stainless steel, with a steel bracelet and black dial, with the words ‘Gucci Music Fund’ engraved on the back.

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