Off The Record hosts two music industry events in Scotland for young people
- Katharine Gemmell
- 8 October 2018
Music industry professionals set to take part in series designed to help young people break into the industry
Off The Record is to host two events for young people aged 16–25 who are interested in a career in the music business. The events will take place on Saturday 17 November in Edinburgh at the National Museum of Scotland and on Saturday 24 November in Dundee at the Caird Hall. This series of events are supported by Creative Scotland's Youth Music initiative and are run in association with National Museums Scotland, Dundee Festival Trust, Leisure and Culture Dundee and Gardyne Youth Music Initiative.
Each event will comprise of a conference during the day which features panels, seminars, workshops and networking opportunities with music industry professionals. The daytime sessions will then lead into live evening showcases, where young Scottish musicians will have the chance to perform. During the two days, the discussion will focus on a range of diverse music industry topics like financing music, publishing music, organising shows, working in music and many more.
Off The Record started life as the community interest company Born To Be Wide in 2013 with a series of events for young musicians and aspiring musical professionals. The initiative aims to equip young people with music industry skills, information and contacts to help them break into a career in music.
Industry speakers confirmed to attend the events are Amy Ferguson (BBC Radio Scotland), Nina Radojewski (Association of Independent Music), Ailsa Harper (A Modern Way), Mischa MacPherson (Singer/Songwriter), Chris Beltran (DF Concerts), Robert Kilpatrick, (The Scottish Music Industry Association), Stephen Archibald (Jumping the Shark PR) and The List Editor Arusa Qureshi. More speakers will be announced over the next few weeks.
Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop, commented: 'Scotland's thriving music industry makes a significant contribution to our culture and economy and it is vital that we continue to nurture the next generation of talent. As we celebrate 2018 Year of Young People, I am pleased that Off The Record are staging two full-day events in Edinburgh and Dundee for young people who are looking to develop a career in the music industry.'
Project Coordinator, Gary Baird, also added: 'Previous attendees have secured paid work, been booked to perform at high profile venues and festivals, received national airplay and been featured in national media. With 16–25s also being key to the delivery of both events, this presents an excellent opportunity for organisations to be involved in supporting the future of Scotland's music industry at an early stage. As a past Off The Record attendee myself, I can confidently say that it can help open up several opportunities for 16–25s and kickstart their career in music.'
Off the Record, National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, Sat 17 Nov; Caird Hall, Dundee, Sat 24 Nov. Tickets are £5 and you can buy them and apply to perform at the live evening showcases at otrscot.com.