A “Music Industry Takeover Day” at Peterborough’s Key Theatre this week aims to link successful industry influencers with creative young people in the city.
It will take the form of an action packed industry conference day on 6 February, and is aimed at people aged 14 to 25 years interested in all aspects of music.
The day will consist of panel discussions, practical workshops, seminars and performances where young people will be able to talk to professionals working at the top of the field about what it takes to make it in this tough industry.
It will be an opportunity for participants to gain a better understanding of the music business and access accurate information about working in the music industry and the range of careers that are available.
The event will ensure that young people in Peterborough have the best access to advice and guidance to help them make the best choices and look at what may be available in their own region.
Both Vivacity and Peterborough Music Partnership - the joint organisers - are keen that by working with partners they can help to open up job entry to the creative industries through paid apprenticeships and internships within the city.
Peterborough Regional College and Stamford College will be on hand with course information.
Vivacity has internships within the Creative People and Places programme and is also planning to forge stronger links with the National Skills Academy.
There will be representatives from BPI, Music Manager Forum (MMF), PRS, MU and workshops being delivered by Community Music East, Beat This and Grange Farm Studio.
Taking part are a promoter/agent from CODA agency, Pearce Lighting, a Sound Engineer and a Tour Manager/Backline, all working at the top of their field with artists like Rhianna and Gary Barlow on events such as Queen’s Coronation Festival, Paralympic Closing Ceremony and Glastonbury Pyramid Stage.
Geoff Ellerby, Manager of Peterborough Music Partnership said: “This is exactly the kind of opportunity we are keen to provide to young people in the city, equipping them with accurate knowledge about choices and careers available by connecting them to professional out there making a living in the music industry.”
It all gets underway at 10am and is free to attend.
Contact the Key Theatre on 01733 207239 or go to www.vivacity-peterborough.com for more information.