Nov 022015

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!



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 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.




Jun 232015

For the Love of Hip-Hop
Summer Concert Series returns downtown plus lunchtime workshops at “Top of State”

MADISON, Wis. (June 19, 2015) Learn about hip-hop culture from industry professionals, and groove to the beat of rappers, dancers and singers with the Urban Arts Community Network (UCAN) Summer Concert Series in downtown Madison.  All events are all ages, and celebrate positive urban arts, creativity and collaboration.

For the Love of Hip-Hop Summer Concert Series

30 on the Square, 30 W. Mifflin St. (outdoor stage at corner of State St., N. Carroll St. & W. Mifflin St.)
Presented by the Urban Arts Community Network (UCAN).
Rappers, dancers, singers and more. All shows are all ages.

  • Saturday, June 27, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
  • Sunday, July 5, 5:00 – 7:00 pm

More dates to be announced!  See or call (608) 561-UCAN for information.

“Learn at Lunch” Workshops

Presented in partnership with the “Top of State” summer program series.  See for details, or call (608) 512-1342.  (May be cancelled or rescheduled in the event of rain.)

Learn at Lunch: Hip-Hop History
Wednesday, July 1, noon-1:00 pm

Philosopher’s Grove (100 W. Mifflin St.)

ShaH Evans describes the elements of Hip-Hop over the past few decades, taking you from old school to new. DJ Pain 1 spins all the hits on this walk through time.

Learn at Lunch: Beat that!
Wednesday, July 15, noon-1:00 pm

Philosopher’s Grove (100 W. Mifflin St.)

Have you ever wondered who makes the music in rap songs? DJ Pain 1 will walk you through the steps of beat production. Attend this workshop and give feedback to help him produce another hit!

About the Presenters:

ShaH eats, sleeps and breathes Hip-Hop, and has been booking local and national acts for years. He is the owner of music blog, Get Your Buzz and ME Management and Consulting. ShaH also speaks about positive life choices with youth and young adults in Madison and surrounding areas.

DJ Pain 1 is a platinum-certified professional Hip-Hop producer, DJ, and certified secondary educator, who has produced records for artists such as Ludacris, Public Enemy, The Game, and Jadakiss. DJ Pain 1 recently completed the Teaching Artist Training program through Overture Center for the Arts in partnership with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

 The Urban Arts Community Network (UCAN) works to empower and unify youth and adults through urban arts, specifically Hip-Hop, by creating live music events in the community, promoting professional growth, and building sustainable and safe performance opportunities for all local Hip-Hop artists.

 The BID “Top of State” summer programming series feature an eclectic mix of music, arts and crafts, children’s activities, and pop-up or drop-in events, June through September, where State Street meets the Square, in Philosophers’ Grove (100 W. Mifflin St.) and 30 on the Square (100 N. Carroll St.).   Find more information and a schedule at or call (608) 512-1342.  The Top of State summer programs are presented by Madison’s Central BID in partnership with the City of Madison, Madison Parks Foundation and Isthmus.


Media Contacts:

Karen Reece, PhD
President, Urban Community Arts Network, Ltd.

Mary Carbine, Madison Central BID (Top of State)
(608) 512-1340

Nov 052014



The 5th annual Madison Hip-Hop Awards is THIS SATURDAY at the Barrymore Theater at 8pm.  Come at 7pm and get your shine on the red carpet! You won’t want to miss this show. Tickets are $10 at the door or you can buy them in advance at the Barrymore or online by clicking the flyer below.MHHA Flyer

Oct 212014

Icon Digital USA is running a promotion now until Nov 22!  Icon has generously agreed to donate 30% of all sales to Urban Community Arts Network, the non-profit that organizes the Madison Hip-Hop Awards and events like Level Up Music Industry Conference!  Click on the image to check out their website. Click on the banner to indicate that you would like a percentage of your purchase to support UCAN.

MHHA Sponsorship Banner


Aug 212014

Don’t miss Level Up this year at Madison Media Institute! We have Cardo, producer of Meek Mill’s hit song ‘Levels’ and J Hatch, founder of iStandard coming to town. Other workshops will be presented by music industry professionals DJ Pain 1, Godxilla, GiNx, ShaH, and Roy Elkins.

Register now! 

For Immediate Release:

Urban Community Arts Network (UCAN) and Madison Media Institute will present the Level Up music industry conference on Saturday, October 4, 2014.

Madison-based nonprofit, UCAN, and Madison Media Institute announce the third annual Level Up music industry conference. On Saturday, October 4, 2014, Madison Media Institute (2702 Agriculture Dr,) will host this professional development and networking event for aspiring music industry professionals. This year’s event boasts guest presenters Cardo (producer of Meek Mill’s hit song ‘Levels’), J Hatch (founder of iStandard), DJ Pain 1 (platinum producer) and many more.

The event, open to the public of all ages, will include workshops on social media marketing, beatmaking/production, audio engineering, music licensing, and other valuable topics for artists and industry professionals.

For more information, visit

Artists and businesses interested in having a presence at this one-of-a-kind event should contact Sponsorships at the $100 level include a logo on all promotional materials for the event, items (e.g. flyers or CDs) handed to attendees and a dinner with our judges. Level Up is one of very few opportunities for businesses such as record labels, studios, printing companies, legal firms, design firms, etc. to reach a demographic of young, aspiring music industry professionals in the greater Madison area.

Jan 022014

Sole@frequencySee Sole live at The Frequency. Sole, a Hip-Hop veteran known for founding the Anticon label, his work with Deep Puddle Dynamics (along with Slug. Dose and Alias) and his 2003 breakout album “Selling Live Water,” has been called an “Indie hip hop legend” by The Huffington Post and a “true revolutionary” by Pitchfork Magazine. Frequent Sole collaborators DJ Pain 1 and Memory will be providing music.

Additionally, recipients of the 2013 Madison Hip-Hop Awards, UCAN’s flagship charity event, will receive their plaques on stage throughout the evening. Be on the lookout for your favorite local celebrities. $7, 21+

Nov 102013

1400252_681788861839834_45397808_oThanks to everyone who came out to the 2013 Madison Hip-Hop Awards!  The positive vibes and unity in the building were so refreshing.  We will have a post up with pictures shortly. In the meantime, check out your 2013 Madison Hip-Hop Awards Winners!

Click on the artist’s name to check out their material!

Artist of the Year


Group of the Year

Higher Education Records

R&B Artist of the Year

Jesse Lester

Rookie of the Year

Sam Cooke

Producer of the Year

DJ Pain 1

Sound Engineer of the Year

Oliver Wright

DJ of the Year 

DJ Pain 1

Song of the Year

Must Have Been – RIP

Video of the Year

Supernatural – RIP

Album of the Year

Feel Good Music – Tefman

Mixtape of the Year

The Takeover – Mad Town King, hosted by DJ Pain 1

Collab of the Year

Dreamgirl – RIP ft. ANT

Videographer of the Year 


Promoter of the Year – it’s a tie!

Chill/Come Clean Entertainment
Tefman/Top of the Map Entertainment

Hip-Hop Dancers of the Year


Radio Personality of the Year  


Most Influential

Baldhead Kingpin

Spotlight Award – honoring notable accomplishments in the Hip-Hop community

Scott’s Urban Wear – for supporting local Hip-Hop artists by placing flyers and CDs in the store, allowing use of the store as a venue for battles, cyphers, album release parties, and food drives.

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Sep 052013

There are three workshop tracks. Indicate your preference by choosing ONE of the ticket options when you register.  REGISTER NOW HERE:

There are three workshop tracks. Indicate your preference by choosing ONE of the ticket options.

Track 1                             Track 2                                Track 3
Marketing/Social Media   Mixing/Sound Engineering     Shows/touring
Licensing                         Marketing/Social Media         Mixing/Sound engineering
Shows/touring                  Beat Production Clinic           Licensing

Instructors include !llmind, Godxilla, Jesse Atkinson, Roy Elkins, Psalm One, Shah Evans, DJ Pain 1
Workshop tracks will be assigned on a first come/first served basis!

The workshop sessions will be follwed by two separate Q&A panels:
Artist-focused: Started from the Bottom…
Producer-focused: The Business of Beats

Madison Media Institute will have staff on site to provide school tours and information about course and degree offerings.



Thanks to the Madison Arts Commission for officially endorsing Level Up!



Oct 212012

Tickets available online at
By phone at 608-241-8633 from 12-5pm
or at outlets listed here:

ALL PROCEEDS GO TO CHARITY! Thanks for your support!!

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