The Specialized Project is a social enterprise helping young people in difficult circumstances. Producing musical products and events in support of charitable organisations. The Teenage Cancer Trust, The Youth Music Foundation and Tonic Music for Mental Health. The Specialized Project supports a community of like-minded music makers at all levels. 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.
What we do
Our Tribute Series CD’s
Each year we release a four-disc boxset album that pays tribute to iconic bands and labels. Since 2012 we’ve released eight albums for our tribute series. Each year the tribute series picks a new theme and invites bands from across the globe to contribute. Past themes have included The Specials, The Beat, Madness, The Clash, Bob Marley, The Jam, Trojan Records and most recently celebrated the 40th anniversary of Two-Tone Records with ‘Check One 2 spirit of 79’. The albums are 4-disc CD Boxsets containing between 65 to 70 exclusive cover versions.
NU SKA is a new series of albums celebrating the best original music of the world ska scene. This new album series runs alongside our tribute albums and will enable us to give more help to the charities we support. ‘Nu Ska’, are compilations of original songs by ska and rocksteady bands from around the world. We hope that these compilations will become an established series that showcases the great music from the international ska community. Specialized Records isn’t just about being a music label, It’s about helping good causes, good people and helps those people by producing good music. Specialized Records – Good with Music
Specialized Records started in 2016 when we helped the American band Heavensbee to release their debut album Soul Mates. It then became an online hub for bands to promote and sell pre-existing albums. This included Big Fat Panda’s ‘It’s Oot’, Kingsizes ‘Passport to Ska’ and Bluebird Parades ‘Songs from the Headland’. Specialized Records is now the outlet for our compilation albums, and we intend to develop the label further. We’ve recently started the Nu Ska series and are working with a couple of bands to release more original music in the future
The Big One festival is an award-winning three day Ska & Reggae Festival held at the Sandford Holiday Park near Poole in Dorset. It takes place on the second weekend of November every year. Through Specialive Events we promote regional events throughout the UK as well as supporting other promoters with our events support team.
Now Specialized has come to Australia. SpecialOz’d music festival will be bringing the spirit of Specialized to Australia by hosting live events to raise funds for CanTeen.
Both Specialized and SpecialOz’d are very aware of how musicians are often pressured to donate their time to charities, sometimes to unmanageable extents. It’s with this in mind we’ve strive to create a positive community that supports those who have given so generously to us. With this in mind, The Specialized Project is developing Specialized Records for musicians to use as a platform for their own releases as well as freely giving advice and support in all areas of music production and performance.