Only Open to the UK Residents

Universal Music's Black Story: Call For Portfolios

Creators Selected On
November 12, 2021

We’re calling on the creative community of animators and to join us in celebrating Black History Month in the United Kingdom! For this month, we’re collaborating with Universal Music Catalogue to help them celebrate the launch of their new campaign, Black Story, aimed at spotlighting unsung Black artists who should have been household names but were overlooked.

Black Story will give greater exposure and educate a wider demographic about the importance and influence black artists signed to the Universal Music Group have had on both UK and world culture. Black Story will focus on approx. 20 artists ranging from the 1930s to the present day spanning multiple genres including jazz, hip hop, soul, and reggae. Artists include the likes of Incognito, Gabriell, Soul II Soul, Ms. Dynamite, and many more!

To help amplify the Black Story campaign, Universal Music Catalogue is looking to collaborate with emerging black animators from the UK between the ages of 18-28 to help tell the story of these artists and their influence on the industry. The commissioned animator will receive $1,100 USD and have the potential for their work to be featured in UMC’s official digital marketing campaign for Black Story.

Submit your portfolio, reel, or your favorite works in celebration and honor of Black History Month for the opportunity to be featured across the TLNT social channels and in Universal Music Catalogue’s Black Story Campaign. Nine (9) animators will be selected by the Ello Team and our guest judges from Universal Music Catalogue.

Need a little inspiration? Take a visit to Universal Music Catalogue’s Instagram for more visual inspiration on Black Story.

We cannot wait to see and celebrate your work & ideas.

  • Who is eligible: This call-out is only for creators in the United Kingdom. You need to be at least 18 years of age or the age of majority in your jurisdiction of primary residence at the time of submission. Employees and their immediate family and household members of TLNT (Talenthouse, Ello, and Zooppa) are not eligible to participate. Void where prohibited by law
  • All work must be original (meaning not using third-party pre-existing copyright materials). No stock imagery is allowed to be used.
  • Creators must own the right to use any work submitted.
  • Submissions can be pre-existing or created especially for this opportunity.
  • How to submit: Click on the ‘Participate’ tab and follow the instructions. Your work must be submitted in JPG, PNG, GIF, or MP4 format, max. size 10 MB.
  • Participants may be approached by Talenthouse (Ello or Zooppa) regarding the opportunity to license their work in the future.
  • Please provide an active email address when registering with Talenthouse to ensure you can be contacted should a client or ourselves want to work with you on a closed brief.
  • Talenthouse reserves the right to remove inappropriate, offensive, and harmful submissions as well as submissions that do not fit the brief, these guidelines, or Official Rules.
  • No purchase is necessary to enter or be selected.
  • Launch: October 15, 2021 at 2:00 PM
  • Submission Deadline: November 1, 2021 at 2:00 PM
  • Creators Selected: November 12, 2021 at 2:00 PM
All times are in London Local Time.
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