Student music industry event hosts star-studded line-up


Music Business students hosted the best of the UK music industry at a recent event in Glasgow.

The organisers, made up of NQ and HNC students, held the ‘Getting Ahead in the Music Industry’ conference which included seminars, workshops and expert panels with leading figures from the industry at Stereo Café Bar in Glasgow.

The event started with a workshop and seminar by leading music production software developer, Ableton and Glasgow music store, Rub A Dub.

A question session then took place with panellists including bands and artists, including Glaswegian band Admiral Fallow, rap/grime artist Random FA, International DJ Davie Forbes, musician and producer Paul McGeechan, rock musician and songwriter Ray Harris, plus many more.

The students also welcomed representatives from record labels, promoters and festival organisers such as Creeping Bent, Chemikal Underground, Motown Records, Optimo, Synergy Concerts, Live Music Exchange, Animal Farm and Wild Fire Music Festival.

Representatives from the Musicians Union, a global organisation which represents musicians working in all sectors of the music business, were also in attendance to offer advice to those entering or already in the industry. Media outlets including Groove City Radio and Synth Glasgow also joined the discussions. 

The students hosted the event to provide advice, information and networking contacts for those looking to enter the music industry or interested in the UK music scene.

One of the student organisers, Chris Sinnamon, 19, Strathaven, said: "We all worked really hard to make this event possible.

“I really enjoyed listening to all the guest speakers and thought the event was a great success!

“It really inspired me and has made me think about the music industry path I would like to follow."

Gareth Whitehead, Music Business lecturer at New College Lanarkshire, said: “The students did an amazing job attracting music industry enthusiasts and professionals alike.

“It proved to be a conference that increased knowledge, expanded new partnerships and encouraged networking and new business opportunities.

“The event addressed and discussed the main concerns affecting the current music industry and fostered new ideas and talent through a series of activities and talks.”

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