GRUBB FORWARD (GRUBB) is an organization founded and registered in the UK in 2006. GRUBB stands for Gypsy Roma Urban Balkan Beats. It runs educational and artistic programs, working predominantly in Serbia with Roma children and young people. Thanks to GRUBB, young Roma are given the possibility to make good use of many otherwise expensive educational materials and career management services in order to develop their skills and grow artistically (training in many disciplines, acquiring different skills, participating in educational and artistic workshops, etc.), while they reciprocate by making the community richer with the authentic and unforgettable experience, loaded with pure, untainted energy.
Internationally renowned artists joined GRUBB on a voluntary basis, supporting and encouraging them. They focused their time and energy on mentoring and bringing out the very best in the young Roma participants. This mutually supportive artistic relationship and nurturing of talent brings to life many works of authorship.
Out of years of effort, GRUBB showed the tremendous success of its projects. One of the most noticeable is undoubtedly a female Roma band Pretty Loud. Through their lyrics and writing, they talk about their everyday challenges and hopes as well as more complex topics such as race, representation, and social justice.
GRUBB acquired essential databases of educational materials that uses in its work with all participants, including the performers (e.g. from The Prince’s Trust, established by HRH the Prince of Wales). During their artistic training, the young attendees create numerous copyright-protected works. Communication to the public of these works has to be regulated. This is where Karanović & Partners steps in – as pro bono legal support. We counsel GRUBB on contract drafting, copyright and scholarships.
We are proud of sharing our expertise. Therefore, we are constantly working hard on developing various projects with a common goal to educate and empower youngsters. Why GRUBB? Again, in their own words:
Because those who are silent must be able to sing.
Because art is a homeland for those who have none.
Because education is the shortest way to freedom.
We are proud to have been given the opportunity to participate in such a critical pro bono project; it has certainly made us richer as people.