The Big Music Project rolled into The Arches in Glasgow earlier this week where over 1,300 lucky youngsters had signed up to rub shoulders with chart topping artists Plan B, The View and Chase and Status.
This live national event was the first in a UK series of dates bringing the music industry to young people across the country. Young people were invited to sign up for the all day conference to experience all areas of the industry from performance to production, learning how to create a remix, set up a PA or even lay down a track in a makeshift recording studio.
Funded by The Big Lottery Fund, The Big Music Project is the most ambitious and accessible music project ever to hit the UK. The project is a collaboration between Global Charities, and the BPI, who are behind the BRITs. Both organisations have joined up with charity UK Youth to inspire and create incredible opportunities for 14-24 year olds from across the country wanting to succeed in the music business. In Scotland the project has been delivered in partnership with Youth Scotland.
Lottery funded Tollcross YMCA took 15 young people, all project champions, to the event. As well as making lots of valuable contacts with producers, technicians and sound engineers, some are now considering further education related courses.
Darran Gillan, Youth & Community Manager Tollcross YMCA, said: “Events like The Big Music Project held in Glasgow are important to have as they help remove the barriers that young people face when starting out in their music career. They offer access to reliable and trustworthy advice and performance opportunities in what is still regarded as one of the most competitive industries to break into.”
Gideon Amoako – ackah Heatflow, 25, is a rapper and producer from Glasgow. He said, “I’m here because one day I really want to set up my own label. This is great as there are people here from the industry that I would never normally get a chance to speak to and I’ve also been able to speak to other young people who are passionate about music like I am. It’s great that this project is bringing these people to Glasgow to inspire young people here.
Nicole McCurry, 17, said: “I’ve been dancing since I was two years old and singing in my room ever since I could remember. This event is fantastic and it’s been so good to see all the other musicians and bands and finding out how they got to be where they are today. They played a film about our project and Plan B told me my singing voice sounded great, I can’t believe it.”
You can find more details about The Big Music Project here.