Ladders Music Course


Ladders: Music Course

This unique and exciting creative course is an 12-week programme of music creation and music business training. You will learn what is required to write songs and create recordings in studios in Sunderland. You will also discover how the creative aspects fit in within the wider music industry and be introduced to a wide range of career paths available in this sector.

The programme will include guest speakers who will take you through their specialisms to give you a first-hand account of what a career in their field can offer you. From managing the next superstar to releasing your own music on your own label, from being a booking agent for jet-setting DJs to setting up your own music for media company, this course will give you a clear insight into the many and varied roles in the music business. You will learn how it all works together, how revenue streams flow and how copyrights are protected and exploited. There will also be two days dedicated to tours of major music businesses and educational institutions in the region, to give you a behind-the-scenes and exclusive insight into the inner workings of venues, studios, record labels and other music enterprises.

Part of the programme will be devoted to you devising and running your own mini music project, using all the skills and information you discovered in the first stages and supported by your tutor. You will leave this 12-week creative course with a bounty of knowledge about possible career paths, a clear understanding of what skills each job requires you to have and how to go about getting those skills if you do not already have them.

Weeks: Dates: Times: Summary:
Week one


27th Sept 4-8pm Introduction to the whole music industry. Course Overview
Week two 4th Oct 10 – 4pm Skills Development Session (Introductory Skills Finding)
Introduction to music careers
Week three 11th Oct 10-4pm Company Visits
Week four 18th Oct 10-4pm Skills Development Session in songwriting
Skills Development Session in production
Week five Arrange with mentor TBC Tutorials (one to one)
Week six Arrange with mentor TBC Tutorials (one to one)
Week seven Arrange with mentor TBC Tutorials (one to one)
Week eight 15th Nov 4-8pm Introduction to project briefs /Project support delivery
Week nine 23rd Nov 10-6pm One to One/Group tutorials+ Project support delivery
Week ten 29th Nov 10-6pm Project support delivery
Week eleven 6th Dec 10-6pm Project support delivery
Week twelve 12th Dec 4-8pm Project presentation/Progression/Enterprise & opportunities

To Apply:

To register your interest please fill out the application form: here
To join a Ladders course you must be between 18-24yrs and be living in the the North East.

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