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Glasgow to host youth music business day
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FRIDAY 6 JANUARY
 

OFF THE RECORD EVENT ANNOUNCED FOR GLASGOW
 
Off The Record
returns to Glasgow on Saturday 11 February for a day of workshops, presentations and talks catering for young people interested in working as musicians or in the music business. The event will take place in the Scottish Music Centre, which is partnering with founding organisation, Born To Be Wide.
 
Open to anyone aged 14-25, Off The Record focuses on key areas of the business, including releasing tracks, getting/organising gigs, promotion and employment opportunities. The event also features a listening session, where musicians can submit a song for feedback from the speakers. 
 
“We are delighted to be working with the Scottish Music Centre and to be returning to the UK’s first UNESCO City Of Music,” says Born To Be Wide director Olaf Furniss. “Off The Record is a great opportunity for anyone interested in working in music to learn about how the basics work and make contacts.”
 
Events in the current series have already taken place in Aberdeen, Dundee, Galashiels, Edinburgh and Dumfries, with 92% of attendees surveyed responding they would “definitely” use what they had learned. Moreover, participation has led to airplay (including the BBC and Amazing Radio), gig/festival bookings and a range of employment opportunities.

 
Confirmed speakers include photographer 
Jannica Honey,  Joe Rattray (Synergy Concerts), Michael Lambert (A Modern Way Management), Nadine Walker (Tenement TV), Beyond Presents promoter Nicky Carder, Olaf Furniss (Scotland on Sunday), Scott Kirkwood (Scottish Music Centre), music editor for The Skinny Tallah Brash and Toni Malyn (EmuBands). Additional speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.

Off The Record is supported by EmuBands, The Robertson Trust, the Musicians’ Union and the Scottish Government’s Youth Music Initiative (YMI), administered by Creative Scotland.
Off The Record Glasgow | Saturday 11 February
Scottish Music Centre

10:30 - 17:00hrs | Admission £2 (includes lunch + £25 EmuBands voucher)
Venue: Scottish Music Centre, 100 Candleriggs, Glasgow, G1 1NQ

 

Programme:
Organising & Getting Gigs
Find out what promoters look for, how to organise your own gig and how to avoid losing lots of money.
Joe Rattray (Synergy Concerts/The Hug and Pint), Nicky Carder (Beyond Presents)

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

Promoting Your Music
How to get noticed by radio, press and future fans.
Nadine Walker (Tenement TV), Tallah Brash (The Skinny)

Working in Music
A look at the diverse job opportunities in music and how to get your foot in the door.
Ailsa Harper (Banana Row), Scott Kirkwood (Scottish Music Centre)

Need to Know Presentations:
Music Photography - The importance of pictures for getting press
Jannica Honey
Collection Societies - Earning money from registering songs.
Michael Lambert
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http://offtherecord.me/press/


FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
http://offtherecord.me/speakers/
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 SCOTTISH MUSIC CENTRE
Scottish Music Centre is a membership organisation, (with over 100 composer members / creative businesses), a registered Charity and national hub and information point, representing all areas of the industry and delivering a wide range of services to musicians in Scotland. The organisation manages youth music mentoring project Music Plus+, and Hit The Road. Both initiatives equip young people based in Scotland between the ages of 14-19 years old with the advice, skills and knowledge they need to consider a career within the creative industries. The centre also houses the largest collection of contemporary classical Scottish music both written and recorded - a vast proportion of which is available for hire or purchase.
For more information visit: www.scottishmusiccentre.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 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 Music 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.
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