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Off The Record speakers announced for Dundee and Aberdeen events
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THURSDAY 10 SEPTEMBER

DUNDEE AND ABERDEEN SPEAKERS ANNOUNCED


Record label owners, journalists, DJs and concert promoters are among the industry figures set to share their knowledge at Off The Record days, taking place in Dundee [October 3] and Aberdeen [October 4].
 
The youth events, open to anyone aged 14-25*, will provide advice workshops and presentations focusing on key aspects of the music industry including releasing music, getting/organising gigs, promotion and working in the business.
 
Confirmed speakers for both days include Jim Gellatly [XFM Scotland/Amazing Radio], concert/festival promoter Nicky Carder [Beyond Promotions], digital music distributor Toni Malyn [EmuBands] and booker Steven Milne [The Lemon Tree].
 
In Dundee they will be joined by label manager Halina Rifai [Bloc Music/Podcart], while the Aberdeen event includes Scott Macdonald [KFM Records], rapper/engineer Dave Hook [Stanley Odd/Solareye] and promoter Aileen Lynn [MILK]. Additional speakers will be announced in the lead up to the weekend.
 
“The speakers bring a diverse range of insights and the sessions are designed to be relevant to musicians and those looking to work in the industry – regardless of genre,” explains Olaf Furniss, who along with music manager Michael Lambert, runs the Born To Be Wide organisation which hosts Off The Record.
 
The Dundee event takes place at the Caird Hall in partnership with Dundee Festival Trust, while the Aberdeen day is at the Lemon Tree and is hosted in conjunction with Aberdeen Performing Arts and Station House Media Unit.
 
In addition to existing series partners - the Scottish Government’s Youth Music Initiative and digital distribution company EmuBands – Off The Record will also see new partnerships with the Musicians’ Union and the Academy Of Music & Sound.
 
“We are delighted to be involved with the Off The Record events, they are a great opportunity for young people looking to work in music," says Jonathan Tait, the Academy’s vice principal, commercial & operations.

*Off The Record events are not open to over 25s
Off The Record Dundee | Saturday 3 October | Caird Hall
10:30 - 17:00hrs | Admission £2 (includes lunch)
Caird Hall
City Square
Dundee
DD1 3BB

 

Organising and Getting Gigs
Find out what promoters look for, how to organise your own gig and how to avoid losing lots of money.
Michael Lambert (A Modern Way Management), Nicky Carder (Beyond Promotions), Steven Milne (The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen)

Promoting Your Music
How to get noticed by radio, press and future fans.
Halina Rifai (Podcart/Bloc Music), Jim Gellatly (XFM Scotland), Olaf Furniss (The Scotsman/Born To Be Wide)

Releasing Music
Learn how a record label works, and how to release and sell your music.
Halina Rifai (Podcart/Bloc Music), Michael Lambert (A Modern Way Management), Toni Malyn (EmuBands)

Working in Music
A look at the diverse job opportunities in music and how to get your foot in the door.
Lewis Gales (Academy of Music & Sound), Olaf Furniss (The Scotsman/Born To Be Wide), Steven Milne (The Lemon Tree/The Little Kicks) + additional guests TBC 


Off The Record Aberdeen | Saturday 4 October | The Lemon Tree
10:30 - 17:00hrs | Admission £2 (includes lunch)
The Lemon Tree
5 West North St
Aberdeen

AB24 5AT

 

Organising and Getting Gigs
Find out what promoters look for, how to organise your own gig and how to avoid losing lots of money.
Michael Lambert (A Modern Way Management), Nicky Carder (Beyond Promotions), Steven Milne (The Lemon Tree)

Promoting Your Music
How to get noticed by radio, press and future fans.
Aileen Lynn (MILK Glasgow), Jim Gellatly (XFM Scotland), Olaf Furniss (The Scotsman/Born To Be Wide)

Releasing Music
Learn how a record label works, and how to release and sell your music.
Michael Lambert (A Modern Way Management), Scott MacDonald (KFM Records), Toni Malyn (EmuBands)

Working in Music
A look at the diverse job opportunities in music and how to get your foot in the door.
Dave Hook (Stanley Odd), Lewis Gale (Academy of Music & Sound), Olaf Furniss (The Scotsman/Born To Be Wide) + additional guests TBC
Details and criteria for partnering with Off The Record are available at: http://offtherecord.me/partner-with-us/

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NOTES TO EDITORS

ABOUT OFF THE RECORD AND BORN TO BE WIDE 

Off The Record, was founded by Community Interest Company Born To Be Wide in 2013 and is a series of daytime events for young musicians and those who want to work in the industry. It is open to anyone aged 14-25, and is designed to equip young people with music business knowledge, information and skills to help them forge a career in music.
 
Born To Be Wide started life in 2004 as an informal social night to bring together those involved in the Scottish music scene, and soon began attracting interest throughout the UK. In 2012 it was incorporated as a Community Interest Company with Michael Lambert and Olaf Furniss as its directors. In addition to its seminar/networking evenings and Off The Record it stages the annual Wide Days conference and showcase, which in 2014 won Best Networking Event/Service at the Yearly Music Convention Awards. 
 
Born To Be Wide also organises bespoke talks and workshops for other conferences and organisations. These include  the BPI’s Big Music Project, the Scottish Parliament's Festival Of Politics, Education Scotland, the Edinburgh International Book Festival, Heart Of Midlothian FC’s Big Hearts Community Trust, the Depot Recording Studio and creative industries convention, GoNorth.
 
Its numerous events have included partnerships with the following organisations, companies and educational institutions: BPI, MU, PPL, ERA, AIM, MPA, CC Skills, Creative Scotland, Highlands & Islands Enterprise, Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh College, Perth College, Spotify, EmuBands, Eventbrite, the Orchard, the Scottish Music Industry Association, the Scottish Parliament, Creative Edinburgh, the Academy of Music & Sound, Music Export Norway and the German Consulate.

For more information please contact:
Emily Hood,
Tel 07746 247 361, 
emily@widedays.com

ABOUT DUNDEE FESTIVAL TRUST
Dundee Festival Trust holds funds for charitable purposes exclusively.  The award scheme has been established to help groups to create, promote, maintain and improve festivals or events held within the City of Dundee.

Contact: Angela Doran, Music & Events Development Officer
Tel 01382 434 111, 
angela.doran@leisureandculturedundee.com

ABOUT ABERDEEN PERFORMING ARTS Aberdeen Performing Arts (APA) is an independent charity trust established in 2004 to take over the running of His Majesty's Theatre, the Music Hall, and the ticketing agency Aberdeen Box Office, previously operated under the aegis of Aberdeen City Council. In 2008, APA stepped in to take over the running of city community venue The Lemon Tree which is now the base for much the company's Creative Learning work.

Contact: Steven Milne, Music Programmer
Tel 01224 337 688, 
steven.milne@aberdeenperformingarts.com

ABOUT THE YOUTH MUSIC INITIATIVE
Creative Scotland administers the Scottish Government’s Youth Music Initiative (YMI) programme which creates access to high quality music making opportunities for young people, particularly for those that would not normally have the chance to participate.  For further information about YMI please visit: 
http://ow.ly/PVNE9.  Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here.  For further information about Creative Scotland please visit www.creativescotland.com
 
ABOUT EMUBANDS
EmuBands provides a simple-to-use but powerful digital music distribution service for artists and record companies to sell music online through iTunes, Spotify, Amazon MP3 and many more of the World's leading digital music services. In a non-exclusive deal, artists and labels earn 100% of the royalties generated from sales, and maintain full ownership and control of their rights, and with a simple one-off pricing model, there are no annual fees.
For more information visit: 
www.emubands.com

ABOUT MUSICIANS’ UNION
The Musicians' Union (MU) is a globally-respected organisation which represents over 30000 musicians working in all sectors of the music business. They work for you by negotiating with all the major employers in the industry, as well as offering services, benefits and advice tailored to your needs at every stage of your career. For further information about the Musicians' Union  please visit 
www.musiciansunion.org.uk.

ABOUT ACADEMY OF MUSIC & SOUND
Founded in 1994, The Academy of Music & Sound started life offering private instrument lessons and music technology courses above a music shop in Torquay. Fast forward to today and the Academy of Music & Sound has the only national network of music centres offering specialist, instrument specific courses in the country. It has now grown into a nationwide organization with nine centres situated in key locations around the UK offering first class music education for the 21st Century.
For more information visit:
 www.academyofmusic.ac.uk
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