Find out how to get into music

Published: Thursday, 19th November 2015

Key music industry figures will be in Galashiels.

"Off The Record" is at MacArts Centre on Saturday 5 December, 10.30am to 5.00pm, for 14 to 25 year olds.

Tickets are £2 and this includes lunch!

Get a sample of the music business

The event is supported by our Art's Development team.

Youngsters can find out about releasing music, getting/organising gigs, promotion and working in the business. Among those speaking are:

  • Justine Ward of GR Management, who works with acts including Primal Scream and Texas
  • Claire Donna of Soma Records
  • Nick Roberts from Electric Fields Festival
  • Ben Proudlock of Edinburgh venue Mash House
  • Amy Ferguson, producer of BBC Radio Scotland’s The Janice Forsyth Show
  • Sound engineer Nora Winstanley of Henry's Cellar Bar
  • Grainne Braithwaite from Synergy Concerts
  • Sarah Quinn of Academy of Music & Sound
  • Toni Malyn from EmuBands

We are also supporting the event, alongside Youth Borders and Creative Arts and Business Network.

Book your tickets

Get your Off The Record tickets online or phone 01750 726400.

Michael Lambert, co-director of Born To Be Wide

“Musicians and those interested in working in the business often need help when it comes to releasing and promoting their music, as well as getting their first gigs.

“Off The Record provides the basic knowledge to get started and ensures they avoid the most common mistakes.

“Everyone speaking at the event works with emerging artists and budding industry professionals, and as several speakers are in same age group as the audience, they are perfectly placed to talk about how to get work in the business.”

Councillor Vicky Davidson, Executive Member for Culture, Youth, Sport and Communities

“Any young person interested in the music business should make sure they get along to the MacArts centre for this event. The speakers are all people who know what they are talking about and it’s a great chance to make contacts both with people already working in the business and also with other Borders based musicians.  It should be a really interesting day and I’m glad the Council has been able to support it.”

James Mackintosh, Youth Music Forum Co-ordinator added: “Off The Record is a unique opportunity to get the practical skills for working in music and is relevant for both musicians and anyone interested in working on the industry side.”