Ladders Music Course


Ladders: Music Course

This unique and exciting creative course is a 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 are 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 set up your own music for a 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.

Sessions: Dates: Times: Summary: Venue:
LAUNCH 23rd Feb 4-5.30pm Launch of Cohort 4 Sunderland Software City
Session one 28th Feb 4-8pm Welcomes. Course Overview. Introduction to the whole music industry. Introduction to music careers Sunderland Software City
Session two 7th March 10 – 4pm Skills Development Session (Songwriting) Introduction to self-releasing. Songwriting task Miners Hall Studio
Session three 14th March 10-4pm Company Visits (Music Industry) Newcastle Tours
Session four 21st March 10-4pm Finding funding (with guest speaker). Introduction to music PR. Skills Development Session (Production/Mixing/ Mastering) Recording session Miners Hall Studio
Session five Arrange with mentor TBC Tutorials (one to one)
Session six Arrange with mentor TBC Tutorials (one to one)
Session seven Arrange with mentor TBC Tutorials (one to one)
Session eight 18th April 4-8pm Introduction to project briefs /Project support delivery Sunderland Software City
Session nine 25th April 10-6pm One to One/Group tutorials+ Project support delivery Miners Hall Studio
Session ten 2nd May 10-6pm Project support delivery Miners Hall Studio
Session eleven 9th May 10-6pm Project support delivery Miners Hall Studio
Session twelve 11th May 4-7pm Project presentation/Progression/
Enterprise & opportunities
Sunderland Software City

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 North East.

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