This panel will discuss the type of education and training that takes place in venues, and how much more could happen in these spaces. It will explore how these small venues are often the first places people experience live music and how, because of this, they are an initial point of learning about the music scene. You are able to build connections and relationships with the people you meet in venues, whether they are gig-goers, bar managers or sound engineers. This is integral to the development of music education. This panel will look at how venues, and live music more generally, provide more varied opportunities for young people outside the mainstream system.
PAMELA McCORMICK – URBAN DEVELOPMENT(M)
Urban Development was born in 2000 with McCormick at the helm. It is unique amongst youth music charities through its pivotal role within British urban music, as well as the wider UK music industry. The organisation, with its core audience demographic of 14–25 year old BAME, has built a lasting legacy and reputation as a leader when it comes to producing high quality events and tours that showcase the talents of urban artists in the UK to young audiences. In the last 2 years, the organisation has expanded to create a charitable arm Urban Development Music Foundation, which operates in the country’s poorest and most diverse boroughs as a charity for the delivery of an education and early talent programme and is chaired by Lord Victor Adebowale CBE, with songwriter Wayne Hector as patron. There is also Urban Development Music, which operates like a record label, talent incubator, production house, recording studio and publisher, with a growing roster of artists including first signing Devlin.
PHILIP FLOOD – SOUND CONNECTIONS
Philip Flood has been Director at Sound Connections since 2010 and is responsible for the overall strategy and governance of the charity. Previously, he was Head of LSO Discovery and prior to this, Education Director for Spitalfields Music and Head of Music and Media at a large inner-London FE college. He is also an advisor for the PRS for Music Foundation and a Trustee of the Music Education Council.
BISHI – ARTIST & FOUNDER WITCiH
Musician, Sitarist, producer & performer BISHI was born in London of Bengali heritage. Bishi is the co-founder of WITCiH: The Women in Technology Creative Industries Hub, a platform to elevate the voices of Womxn in Tech. A classically trained, multi-instrumentalist, she’s studied the sitar under Gaurav Mazumdar a senior disciple of Ravi Shankar. Bishi’s collaborations & commissions for the stage have included The London Symphony Orchestra, Yoko Ono’s Meltdown, The Science Gallery & session work with Sean Ono Lennon, The Kronos Quartet, Daphne Guinness & Tony Visconti. Bishi has been commissioned by the Delia Derbyshire Day to compose a piece of music, to celebrate 50 years of ‘An Electric Storm.’ Bishi is currently making a documentary for Radio 4 about the groundbreaking tech company, ROLI. She’s co-produced her third album, ‘Let my Country Awake, & its AV launch will be premiered on 5th September at Rich Mix.
TOR BYRNES – WE BROKE FREE
Tor Byrnes is DJ Tor da Force, full time promoter, DJ and professional party starter, who has played the biggest festival stages across the UK and Europe – including Bestival, Glastonbury and Boomtown. Tor has carved out a niche in playing a mixture of tour DJ slots, syndicated indie nights and curating emerging band line ups at venues and festivals. After ten years, she has also created her own residencies and brands from scratch, founded female DJ collective Frau DJs and even played an Ibiza Rocks pool party. Founding Independent Promotions company We Broke Free, she constantly strives to bring the best new music to the South Coast. In house promoter for the legendary 60 Million Postcards (recently named best bar in Bournemouth by GQ), she also works with the local student union and curates stages at festivals.
WOZZY BREWSTER OBE – MIDI MUSIC COMPANY
Wozzy is a creative entrepreneur with over thirty years experience of designing and delivering youth arts projects. She was a co-founder of Second Wave in 1982, worked as an Arts Administrator for the Basement Youth Theatre and ran the Front of House for The Albany Empire from 1986 to 1988. Wozzy became a Board of Director for Deptford City Challenge engaging in regeneration programmes from 1992 to 1994, as well as joining the Board of Governors for Deptford Green School.In 1995 Wozzy founded the registered charity, The Midi Music Company, which provides a space for all children and young people to be inspired to get into music and the creative industries. She was awarded a Commonwealth Youth Service Award in 1995 for her services to international youth arts initiatives, a finalist for the European Women of Achievement Awards in 2000 in recognition of her outstanding contribution to pan-European understanding and progress, providing an inspiration to others, Honorary Freewoman of the London Borough of Lewisham 2018 and inductee of the Music Week Women in Music Roll of Honour 2018.Wozzy received her OBE for services to Youth Arts in 2002 and was awarded a Women of Achievement Award by the London Borough of Lewisham in 2003. Wozzy is currently the Founder/Executive Director of The Midi Music Company, a member of the UK Music Diversity Taskforce.