Music Business

Music pupils from schools across Lanarkshire were given a unique insight into the industry during an event held by New College Lanarkshire students.

Hosted in the College’s 101 Park Street conference venue in the Coatbridge Campus, more than 50 attendees heard from 11 speakers from the music and creative industries, gaining insight, advice and tips about breaking into the music business.

It was organised by NQ Music Business students from the Coatbridge Campus.

The event included interactive Skype calls with Matt Pelling from software provider Loopmasters and Louis Osbourne from management agency All Night Artists.

Representatives from the Performing Rights Society Limited and the Musicians’ Union were present to discuss the importance of each organisation to artists and performers.

Jazz guitarist James Birkett, booking agent Gavin Lawson and radio presenter and DJ Callum Gallagher also attended the event to speak about their range of experience in the industry and the variety of careers available.

Focusing on the marketing and business side of the industry, Bright Signals Digital attended to discuss the importance of effective content creation, while representatives from Business to Business and the Scottish Institute for Enterprise spoke about business strategies and funding.

Finally, Chris Strachan, from the College’s record label Don’t Steel Mine Records, took to the stage to discuss the future of the label and what opportunities it could offer to local artists.