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2 day event with music industry experts for Scottish Musicians aged under 21

15th April 2015

Aspiring young Scottish musicians are being urged to register for a new two-day event at The Arches, Glasgow this summer, which will give them the opportunity to perform for leading industry experts and gain a unique insight into how to get ahead in the music business.

Hosted by Music for Youth and Education Scotland, Exchange takes place from 12 – 13 June 2015 and will give budding artists aged 21 and under the chance to perform their chosen genre of music on one of three live music stages and receive feedback from industry gurus.

The programme also features talks from inspirational speakers such as Stevie Wonder’s manager Keith Harris, music industry panels, a careers marketplace and performance workshops.

Exchange will explore the breadth of career options within the music industry in Scotland and further afield. It will highlight progression pathways between school and employment through the sharing of professionals from the music industry’s own journeys. The event will also support teachers and those working with young people to be better informed about career options and pathways for young people. The event will highlight the need for developing key skills essential for a career in the Creative Industries for Music.

Those wishing to perform at the event must register and submit their application along with two tracks they can upload online at www.mfy.org.uk/exchange by 29 April 2015. Event registrations for other attendees closes on 20th May 2015.The event is open to young people, those who work with them including teachers, and parents and carers.

Commenting on Exchange, Judith Webster, Chief Executive, Music for Youth said, “Exchange is the unmissable event for anyone passionate about music – whether you are a young person, work with young people or the parent of a rising star – this is a fantastic opportunity to hear from leading professionals on how to progress a career in the music business.

We would urge musicians from all genres to sign up now and secure your place on what promises to be one of the most exciting and talked about career events taking place in Scotland this year.”

Keith Murphy, Expressive Arts Development Officer at Education Scotland added, “This event gives young people a unique opportunity to come together, share ideas, learn new skills and hear from experts working in the music industry. With such a fantastic programme of speakers, workshops and sessions taking place over two days, Exchange really is the event for young people who are interested in a career in the music business.”

For more information about the event and to register to perform or attend, visit: www.mfy.org.uk/exchange

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