Looking for a Career in Music? Capital XTRA’s Music Potential Has Arrived in Glasgow Offering Free Industry Training, Mentoring and Work for Young People
From June to September this year, over 120 young people aged 18-25 have the opportunity to receive key music industry training as part of Capital XTRA’s Music Potential Project. With the project having previously run in London, Cardiff and Manchester, Capital XTRA’s Music Potential has now launched for the first time in Glasgow, and is being co-delivered by the Scottish Music Industry Association and Glasgow Music Studios.
Capital XTRA’s Music Potential helps young people aged 18-25 who are not in employment, education or training to improve skills, develop talent and enhance their employability prospects. With opportunities available to build skills and confidence, take part in valuable work experience, develop unique one to one professional industry mentoring relationships, apply for paid apprenticeships and gain recognised qualifications, Music Potential presents a great opportunity for young people in Scotland who are looking to start a career in music.
Focusing on four key disciplines, Capital XTRA’s Music Potential will see participants’ gain training from a wide array of industry professionals on song writing and performance, music business, audio production and radio production. Confirmed workshop leaders for 2017 include Stina Tweeddale (Honeyblood), Becci Wallace (University of the West of Scotland), Steg G (Sunny Govan), Tam Coyle (Miobabig Music Consultancy/DJ) and Dominic Martin (Glasgow DJ Academy), with many more still to be announced.
Robert Kilpatrick, Projects and Operations Manager, Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA) said: “Everyone in Scotland should be given access and opportunities to be involved in music and the arts, and thanks to Capital XTRA, this project will provide valuable industry training for over 120 young people at no personal cost. Participants will be equipped with the skills required to meet the gaps and development needs of Scotland’s music industry at present, giving them the best possible chance of future employment.”
Lynne Howard, Director, Glasgow Music Studios said: “Glasgow Music Studios’ vision is to inspire people to create music. Our aim is to remove barriers to participation and reach vulnerable young people from all areas of Scotland, providing them with the chance to create contemporary music and improve their futures through employability training and confidence building. We advise everyone who is interested register as soon as possible and to take advantage of the fantastic opportunities available”.
Stina Tweeddale of Scottish grunge-pop duo Honeyblood, said: “It is a pleasure to be involved with The Music Potential Project and share what I’ve learned about working in music throughout my creative career. It’s important to share experience and develop upcoming talent within Scotland to help foster our future artists.”
Capital XTRA’s Music Potential Glasgow kicks off with two taster days for 120 young people on 21 and 22 June at citizenM Glasgow.
Registrations are now open via the Capital XTRA website and close on 12 June. With high demand expected, those interested are advised to apply as soon as possible.