Music business event to be held in Edinburgh for 14-25 year olds.
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Concert promoters, band managers, record label representatives and journalists are among the key music industry figures set to share their knowledge at the Off The Record day, which takes place at the Drill Hall in Edinburgh on Saturday 2 July.
The event sees organisers Born To Be Wide partner with #artcore and Out of the Blue as part of the Edinburgh Youth Music Festival, celebrating the breadth of opportunities available for young people across the city.
Open to anyone aged 14-25, Off The Record will provide advice sessions focusing on key aspects of the industry, including releasing music, getting/organising gigs, promotion and working in the business.
Confirmed speakers include: Stina Tweeddale (musician, Honeyblood), Amy Ferguson (producer, BBC Radio Scotland), Nicky Carder (promoter, Beyond Presents), Craig Gornall (blogger, Alive and Amplified), James Bruce (promoter, PCL Presents), Martyn Flyn (label director, Lucky Me), Michael Lambert (artist manager, A Modern Way) and Chris Beltran who works as an A&R Scout for Atlantic Records and a booker at DF Concerts. Additional speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.
“It can be hard for musicians and those interested in working in the business to take their first steps when it comes to releasing and promoting their music, as well as getting their first gigs,” says Michael Lambert, co-director of Born To Be Wide, the company which organises the day. “Off The Record aims to provide the basic knowledge to get started and helps to introduce the next generation of artists and professionals to those on the coalface in the Scottish music business.”
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.
#artcore project manager, Johnny Gailey adds: “The ethos of giving young people the information, tools and contacts to get on with their creative endeavours within a professional context chimes perfectly with what we do.  It's a fitting finale to the month-long Edinburgh Youth Music Festival we are working on with a wide range of partners, and we hope the attendees will leave bubbling with ideas and energy of what their next steps in music might be."
Off The Record Edinburgh | Saturday 2 July
Out Of The Blue Drill Hall

10:30 - 17:00hrs | Admission £2 (includes lunch)
Venue: Out of the Blue Drill Hall, 36 Dalmeny Street, Edinburgh, EH6 8RG


Organising & Getting Gigs
Find out what promoters look for, how to organise your own gig and how to avoid losing lots of money.
James Bruce (promoter, PCL Presents), Michael Lambert (artist manager, A Modern Way), Nicky Carder (promoter, Beyond Presents)

Promoting Your Music
How to get noticed by radio, press and future fans.
Amy Ferguson (producer, BBC Radio Scotland), Craig Gornall (blogger, Alive and Amplified)

Releasing Music
Learn how a record label works, and how to release and sell your music.
Martyn Flyn (label director, Lucky Me)

Working in Music
A look at the diverse job opportunities in music and how to get your foot in the door.
Chris Beltran (A&R Scout, Atlantic Records & booker, DF Concerts), Stina Tweeddale (musician, Honeyblood)

More speakers to be announced.



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.

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