My name is Sam Burt and I’ve been the TICE Music Mentor since the pilot year in 2009.

Over the years, I’ve been in various bands and worked with both major and indie labels/publishers. My music has featured on TV, radio, computer games, adverts, short films and other mediums. Primarily, I am a co-member of Border Scout, songwriter, composer, community music tutor and a primary/secondary music tutor. My other hobbies include running for miles in wild and beautiful places, bonsai trees, planting seeds and watching them grow.

My aim to give students a grounding on the wider music industry including the full range of possible careers available. A foundation in the art and craft of writing and performing and tuition on their particular are also included.

I am involved with TICE because I feel there is a huge gulf between jamming in the bedroom to making it on a professional level, which often deters young people from making it a serious career option. Creative Enterprise Music helps bridge this gulf. Very few purely academic courses prepare students for the real world of the music industry, like we do in TICE. The course is a clear introduction to a vibrant creative industry, which hopefully sets many students on course to a happy and fulfilling career in music. Even if this should not happen the students acquire a range of skills – musical, business and social – that can easily be applied to other disciplines. I have also found, during the past 3 years of the programme, that the particular type of student TICE attracts are by far the most talented and rewarding young people I get to work with.