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Galashiels To Host Music Business Youth Event
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WEDNESDAY 11 NOVEMBER

OFF THE RECORD EVENT ANNOUNCED FOR GALASHIELS


 
Festival promoters, band managers, record label representatives and a sound engineer are among the key music industry figures set to share their knowledge at the Off The Record day, which takes place at MacArts in Galashiels on Saturday 5 December.

The youth event, open to anyone aged 14-25*, 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 Claire Donna [Soma Records], Nick Roberts [Electric Fields Festival], Edinburgh booker Ben Proudlock [Mash House], BBC Producer Amy Ferguson [The Janice Forsyth Show] and sound engineer Nora Winstanley [Henry's Cellar Bar]. They will be joined by Grainne Braithwaite [Synergy Concerts]Sarah Quinn [Academy of Music & Sound]Toni Malyn [EmuBands] and Justine Ward [GR Management] pictured, who works with acts including Primal Scream and Texas. 

“Musicians and those interested in working in the business often need help 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 provides the basic knowledge to get started and ensures they avoid the most common mistakes.”
 
Previous events have led to attendees getting work placements, gigs and national media coverage. And Lambert’s fellow Born To Be Wide director, Olaf Furniss, adds that the speakers have been hand-picked to be relevant to the audience.
 
“Everyone speaking at the event works with emerging artists and budding industry professionals, and as several speakers are in same age group as the audience, they are perfectly placed to talk about how to get work in the business,” he says.
 
The Galashiels event sees Born To Be Wide partner with Scottish Borders Council, Youth Borders and Borders Creative Arts & Business Network.
 
Off The Record is a unique opportunity to get the practical skills for working in music and is relevant for both musicians and anyone interested in working on the industry side,” says James Mackintosh, Youth Music Forum coordinator at Youth Borders.
 
Off The Record is a great way for young people involved in music to connect with each other as well as some fantastic people already working in the business,” says Kelsey Jubin, creative learning manager (Acting), arts development, Scottish Borders Council. “It is a pleasure to be working with Born to Be Wide to deliver this event.”

*Off The Record events are not open to over 25s
Off The Record Galashiels | Saturday 5 December | MacArts
10:30 - 17:00hrs | Admission £2 (includes lunch)
MacArts
Bridge Street
Galashiels
TD1 1SP

 

Organising & Getting Gigs
Find out what promoters look for, how to organise your own gig and how to avoid losing lots of money.
Ben Proudlock (The Mash House), Grainne Braithwaite (Synergy Concerts), Michael Lambert (A Modern Way Management)

Promoting Your Music
How to get noticed by radio, press and future fans.
Amy Ferguson (Producer, BBC Radio Scotland), Nick Roberts (Electric Fields Festival), Olaf Furniss (The Scotsman/Born To Be Wide)

Releasing Music
Learn how a record label works, and how to release and sell your music.
Claire Donna (Soma Records), 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.
Justine Ward (GR Management), Nora Winstanley (Henry's Cellar Bar), Olaf Furniss (The Scotsman/Born To Be Wide), Sarah Quinn Waddell (Academy of Music & Sound)

 
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


SCOTTISH BORDERS COUNCIL
GALASHIELS EVENT IS DELIVERED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH:
  • CABN (Creative Arts Business Network) which provides support for creative professionals across all art forms, organisations and venues in the Scottish Borders. www.cabn.info 
     
  • The Creative Learning Team which facilitates a range of creative programmes for the benefit of young people in the Scottish Border including the Youth Music Initiative.  www.scotborders.gov.uk
     
  • The Scottish Borders Youth Music Forum which aims to improve access to and diversify the range of out-of-school youth music activities within the borders. www.youthborders.org.uk
Contact: Kelsey Jubin, Creative Learning Manager
Tel 01750 726 400, 
Kelsey.Jubin@scotborders.gov.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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