Music students announce annual industry event

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NCL students are set to take over The Lighthouse in Glasgow for one of the biggest events in the Glasgow music industry calendar.

‘Question Session’, an annual conference for those working in or looking to get into the industry, will take place on Saturday 8th February at The Lighthouse in Glasgow.

Organised by students studying Music Business courses at New College Lanarkshire’s Coatbridge Campus, the conference offers a programme of events from 9am-5pm including workshops, seminars, expert panels and live sessions.

Free entry and open to the public, the conference aims to provide networking opportunities as well as knowledge sharing – providing a tailored programme of events to suit anyone with an interest in the industry.

Over 60 industry experts will lead the activities throughout the full day conference, including musicians, music managers, music PR agencies, venues, recording labels, production and promotion teams, music software and hardware companies and broadcasting professionals.

Working in partnership with Ableton, Become One Music, Guitar Guitar, Help Musicians UK, The Lighthouse, The Scottish Music Industry Association and SW+CO, ‘Question Session’ launched in 2016 to educate people about the music industry. It forms part of the Music Business course at NCL, giving students access to some of the biggest names in the industry while providing insight into the various components that make up the industry.

Focusing on the theme of innovation, education and current issues, Question Session will include a programme of activities including workshops, seminars and panels featuring prominent professionals from all areas of the music industry. Music Lecturer and musician Yvonne ‘Tippi’ Tipping will form part of the panel offering advice on pathways to the music industry – showcasing the College’s range of courses and the doors they can open for students.

The event will also feature live sessions and performances showcasing emerging musical talent – including that of NCL students.

Gareth Whitehead, Lecturer at NCL, said: “Question Session promotes inclusion and has initiated change by ensuring that each conference line-up demonstrates a 50:50 gender balance. It also focuses on accessibility, making sure that everyone has a platform for discourse and an opportunity to learn. 

“This year’s event will feature a plethora of professionals from different areas of the music industries offering advice on how to start or develop your career. There will also be technical and production workshops, as well as community-based music projects offering interactive sessions.

“This is an invaluable experience for students to be involved in as they have direct access to some of the biggest names in the industry and are learning all the areas they could potentially make a career in.

“The organisation of the event also helps them develop their skillset and get their name out there for their future.”

For more information and a full line-up of events, visit: https://www.questionsession.co.uk/about

NCL offers a range of music courses which are now open for applications. For more information visit: https://www.nclanarkshire.ac.uk/courses/music-and-music-business

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