Over the next few weeks, our degree-level students who are studying Music Performance and Live and Technical Events will gain valuable insight into a number of areas from some of the music industry’s top professionals. The sessions will run all over the academic term until the end of March and will focus on a number of topics from artist development to festival organisers.
Our guests are looking forward to providing our students with their knowledge and experiences, and hope to offer them a much better understanding of the industry they’re about to embark on.
Let’s have a look at the confirmed guest speakers…
Thursday 22 February
Songwriting Workshops with Josh Wheatley
Josh Wheatley is a former Music Technology student at Confetti and a songwriter with real passion and conviction, his work has already caught the attention of taste-makers at Radio 2 and 6Music.
Monday 26 February
Live Panel with Rob McGee (Electric Harmony Music) and Carly Rockett (Communion Music)
Rob McGee is the owner of the Bristol-based booking company Electric Harmony. Along with an impressive UK based roster, the company has an international roster of clients, from Poland to Japan to the United States.
Carly Rockett is the ticketing and operations manager for Communion Presents, the live arm of Communion Music Group, based in the U.K
Monday 12 March
Promotion & PR Panel with Sammy Andrews (Deviate Digital), Jamie Danan and Terry Emm (Cannon Ball PR) and Will Robinson (I’m Not From London)
Sammy Andrews has a long and exciting history in the world of music, working within the industry as a concert promoter, artist manager and an independent record label founder. Andrews has travelled the globe working with artists and organisations, such as Annie Lennox, The Prodigy and Marilyn Manson and Island Records, Universal Records and SONY. She was awarded Women in Music Rising Star Award back in 2015 and named in “Music Week’s” 30 under 30 in the same year.
Canonball are a PR company based in London and have worked with a number of incredible artist and companies such as Green Day, Adidas, Samsung, Kings of Leon and many more. They were founded by Jamie Danan, whose previous experience as a music and culture journalist and then as a PR manager across major music and film titles. Terry Emm was added to the management team due to his exuberant passion for music and PR.
Will Robinson was introduced to Nottingham’s music scene over a decade ago. Over the next 10 years, Will built up I’m Not From London, the Nottingham based music promoter company who has now held shows all over the country.
Monday 26 March
Masterclass with Nick Raphael (Capitol Records UK)
Nick Raphael has spent the last 4 years as president of one of the biggest record labels in the world, Capitol Records UK. He has signed some of the biggest names in music to the label including Sam Smith and 5 Seconds of Summer. Nick has worked with an impressive roster of artists including Jay-Z, Olly Murs, Paloma Faith and many more.
Monday 23 April
Artist Management Panel with Sarah Joy (ATC Management), Jason Hart (Jake Bugg’s Manager) and Rob Holden (IHT Records)
Working in several roles in the music industry including assisting ATC Live as a booking agent (home to some of the best acts at the forefront of the indie scene including Girl Band, Mac De Marco, Lucy Rose, Sleaford Mods), Sarah Joy also runs a management company for female-fronted alternative bands including Yassassin.
Jason Hart is a freelance music manager and is the man responsible for discovering Nottingham’s Jake Bugg. Jake went on to sign with Mercury Records and sold over 1.5 million copies of his debut album.
Rob Holden is the head of IHT Records which he formed with David Gray. Previous, Holden was an A&R executive at Polydor UK.