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Music business event to be held in Dumfries for 14-25 year olds.
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THURSDAY 3 NOVEMBER

OFF THE RECORD EVENT ANNOUNCED FOR DUMFRIES


Key music industry figures are set to share their knowledge at an Off The Record day, which feature workshops for young musicians and those interested in working in the music business. The event will take place at The Stove in Dumfries on Saturday 3 December.

The day - presented by Born To Be Wide CIC and Dumfries Music Conference (DMC), and supported by the Scottish Government’s Youth Music Initiative, which is administered by Creative Scotland - is open to anyone aged 14-25 and provides advice sessions focusing on key aspects of the industry, including releasing music, getting/organising gigs, promotion and working in the business.

The event sees concert promoters, band managers, journalists and more talk about their experiences and provide expert advice to attendees.

Confirmed speakers include 
Amy Ferguson (BBC Radio Scotland), Chris Beltran (DF Concerts/Atlantic Records), Derick Mackinnon (New Found Sound), Jannica Honey (Music Photographer), Michael Lambert (A Modern Way Management), Nick Roberts (Electric Fields Festival), Olaf Furniss (Scotland on Sunday) and Toni Malyn (EmuBands). Additional speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.

DMC’s organisers said “We’re very much looking forward to welcoming Born To Be Wide to Dumfries and collaborating with them. With DMC expanding from an annual flagship conference to a 12-month programme of music industry events, Off The Record – Dumfries is the perfect way to continue an exciting year ahead.”

Previous events have led to attendees getting work placements, gigs and national media coverage and speakers are hand-picked to be relevant to the audience.
Off The Record Dumfries | Saturday 3 December
The Stove - Dumfries Music Conference

10:30 - 17:00hrs | Admission £2 (includes lunch + £25 EmuBands voucher)
Venue: The Stove, 100 High St, Dumfries, DG1 2BJ

 

Programme:
Organising & Getting Gigs
Find out what promoters look for, how to organise your own gig and how to avoid losing lots of money.

Promoting Your Music
How to get noticed by radio, press and future fans.

Releasing Music
Learn how a record label works, and how to release and sell your music.

Working in Music
A look at the diverse job opportunities in music and how to get your foot in the door.

Need to Know Presentations:
Music Photography
Collection Societies
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http://offtherecord.me/press/

 
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 DUMFRIES MUSIC CONFERENCE
Dumfries Music Conference was formed in 2012 and continued in subsequent years as a project funded and delivered by The Stove Network. In 2016, Dumfries Music Conference was established as an independent community interest company with the aims of delivering key musical insight and knowledge to the local community and showcasing up and coming musical talent. With this, the annual conference has become the flagship event in a year-long programme of DMC events.
For more information visit:
www.dumfriesmusic.co.uk



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 THE ROBERTSON TRUST
Today, The Robertson Trust is the largest independent grant-making trust in Scotland and is governed by a completely independent group of Trustees who determine strategy, policy and distribution priorities for the organisation. To date, they have given more than £150 million to charities. Every year, they fund and support charitable organisations of all sizes, committed to achieving positive change for individuals and communities across Scotland. Visit www.therobertsontrust.org.uk for more information.



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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