On Friday 1 July, UK Music hosted  a ‘Skills and Schools’ event at Frome College with a special appearance from David Warburton, MP for Somerton and Frome who addressed an assembly of students.

Through a series of talks and workshops from various music industry professionals, the event aimed to highlight the numerous career paths and apprenticeship opportunities available within the sector, as well as giving the pupils an invaluable insight into the worlds of songwriting and music production.

UK Music CEO, Jo Dipple discussed further education and apprenticeship openings available to young people and was joined by Ninja, lead singer of The Go! Team, electronic music producer Matt Preston aka Phaeleh and music lawyer/CEO Richard Hoare from respected law firm Hoare Associates.  Each discussed their careers and paths into the industry, giving students first-hand accounts of how to succeed in the business.

Producer Preston gave a production masterclass using Cubase software to students, whilst Ninja, a Mercury Music Prize nominee as part of The Go! Team led a song writing workshop sharing her experience and tips on how to write a hit song.

During the talks and workshops from leading industry figures, UK Music hope to ensure that more young people across the UK have access to the necessary information to take their first steps towards a career in the industry. Previous ‘Skills and Schools’ events took place in Edinburgh, Corby, Dagenham and Canons Harrow during the first half of 2016. UK Music has created a careers information pack for schools and students that gives insight into the business, which you can download here.

David Warburton, MP for Somerton and Frome said: “I was very excited to join UK Music’s unique ‘Skills and Schools’ event here at Frome College.  As a former musician and music teacher, I’m hugely keen on helping to bring young people together with music and the music industry. This really was a terrific opportunity for students  at Frome College to learn not only about the types of musical careers they can pursue and the different skills required, but to get real hands-on guidance from some of the UK’s leading industry professionals. What an amazing opportunity for us here in Somerset!”

Jane Davis, Communications Officer at Frome College said: “We were honoured to be hosting the UK Music Skills day in our 240 seat campus Merlin Theatre. With 1 in 11 jobs in the UK in the creative industries, we encourage our students to get involved to support the continued growth of this important sector and getting skilled young people into entry level jobs.
Our students thoroughly enjoyed the event and listening to recording artists and songwriters, and participating in music workshops encouraging them to consider a career in the industry, including performance, management, technical crew, lawyers, rights management and production.”

Jo Dipple, UK Music Chief Executive said: “As a sector which contributes over £4.1billion to the UK economy and supports 117,000 jobs, UK Music is focused on teaching the value of the music business to the next generation of music industry innovators. UK Music was delighted to be hosting this ‘Skills and Schools’ event at Frome College and we enjoyed showcasing the further education and apprenticeship opportunities available to young people as well as offering first-hand songwriting and production experience. Growing up so close to the world’s most famous music festival Glastonbury, it is great for students in the area to understand all of the paths into music open to them.”

For more information regarding UK Music ‘Skills and Schools’ events please contact:
Eva Lamont / Events and Communications Officer, UK Music This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
0203 713 8444, or Oliver Morris / Director of Education and Skills, UK Music This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

About UK Music:  www.ukmusic.org

UK Music is the umbrella organisation which represents the collective interests of the UK’s commercial music industry - from artists, musicians, songwriters and composers, to record labels, music managers, music publishers, studio producers, music licensing organisations and the live music industry. The members of UK Music are: AIM, BASCA, BPI, FAC, MMF, MPA, MPG, MU, PPL, PRS for Music and the Live Music Group.

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