Music industry event draws top guest list

Published: 27 February 2017

Movers and shakers from the music industry will meet for a day event at the University of Glasgow to highlight the importance of the industry for jobs and and the economy.The one day event aims to highlight the career paths and opportunities available within the sector.

Movers and shakers from the music industry will meet for a day event at the University of Glasgow to highlight the importance of the industry for jobs and and the economy.Musician guitar 450

Among the high profile guest list will be the Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop; Geoff Ellis, CEO of T in the Park and DF Concerts; Jo Dipple, CEO of UK Music; and Paul Savage, music producer/engineer and owner of the Chemikal Underground label.

'An Introduction to the Music Industry' will be a day-long event on Thursday (March 2) organised by UK Music. It aims to highlight the numerous career paths and opportunities available within the sector, as well as offer an insight into the worlds of songwriting and music production.

Ms Hyslop will introduce the day with Jo Dipple, chief executive of UK Music, in the University of Glasgow's Memorial Chapel. Music industry experts will be on hand to discuss with the audience their careers and experiences.

The event will also include a panel discussion featuring Dougal Perman, chair of the Scottish Music Industry Association; Doug Paine, founder of Mungo’s Hi Fi sound system and Scotch Bonnet record label; Jenn Nimmo-Smith, from music PR company Electric Shores; and Ivan Hall Barrientos, producer/DJ from duo Illyus & Barrientos. They will share their experience of working in the sector and highlight the different aspects of the industry.

Further workshops will include Hall Barrientos hosting a music production masterclass, Carla Easton from Teen Canteen/Ette delivering a songwriting workshop and Leo O’Brien discussing the role of PPL.

The organisers hope through talks and workshops from leading industry figures, more young people across the country will have access to the necessary information to take their first steps towards a career in the industry.

Commenting on the event Ms Hyslop, said: “The Scottish music industry is an important part of Scotland’s flourishing creative industries.

“This event will help showcase the talent and opportunities that Scotland has to offer, as well as identifying areas where we need to work together to help the industry to continue to grow.

“The potential of our creative industries in Scotland is huge, and it’s great this event is involving our young musicians in helping to shape the future of this exciting and dynamic industry.”

UK Music chief executive Jo Dipple said: “We are delighted to bring together some of Scotland’s leading music industry professionals to share their wealth of insight and experience with the next generation of creative entrepreneurs.

“As the sector contributed £295 million to the Scottish economy in 2015, UK Music understands the importance of helping young people to access a hugely important industry and take their first steps towards a fulfilling career in music.”

Professor Martin Cloonan, Professor of Popular Music Politics at the University of Glasgow, said: “The University of Glasgow provides the UK’s only Music Industries postgraduate programme which combines industry work placements with world leading academic research.

“We are delighted to be hosting this Introduction to the Music Industry event with our partners from UK Music.”

This event is now fully subscribed.

Contact Jane Chilton, University of Glasgow Communications Office. Tel: 0141 330 3535 / email:


First published: 27 February 2017

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