Over 800 see the light at student music industry event


Almost 900 people descended upon The Lighthouse in Glasgow for one of the biggest events in the Glasgow music industry calendar – thanks to Music Business students from NCL. 

‘Question Session’, an annual conference for those working in or looking to get into the industry, took place on Saturday 8th February, welcoming members of the public, industry experts and students.

Organised by students studying Music Business courses at New College Lanarkshire’s Coatbridge Campus, the conference offered a diverse programme of events throughout the day-long session, including workshops, seminars, expert panels and live sessions with over 60 industry experts.

Audiences were wowed by session musicians, including current students of NCL, as well as gaining insights from music managers, PR agencies, venues, recording labels, production and promotion teams, music software and hardware companies and broadcasting professionals.

Gareth Whitehead, Lecturer at NCL, said: “Question Session was once again a fantastic success, welcoming a wide range of audiences; from members of the public with an interest in music to industry experts.

“The students did a fantastic job ensuring the event was accessible and useful for all attending – providing an exciting and engaging environment to learn about the industry and all that it can offer.

“We were also proud to promote inclusion and equality at the event, with the line-up demonstrating a 50:50 gender balance – highlighting that the music industry is accessible for all.

“They can now continue to build upon the success of the event, utilising their new industry contacts and event skills for a better future for their career as well as for the wider music industry.

“The response from the professionals who took part was astounding and shows how strong the industry can be when we all band together.”

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.

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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