Free music industry courses help young people tune into career dreams
Would like to be a sound engineer, music producer or technician?
January 13, 2023
Young people in the borough of Wandsworth who want to make a career in the music industry are being offered a chance to apply for free training and mentoring sessions.
A new programme from World Heart Beat Music Academy has been launched following the opening of their new venue in Nine Elms for people who would like to be a sound engineer, music producer or technician?
Starting this February, the local music charity is providing training sessions, masterclasses, mentoring and paid placements with high profile industry partners to help people aged 14-25 make their first career step.
The sessions are part of World Heart Beat's Emerge programme which supports diverse London-based talent to gain the skills and experience to build a sustainable career in the music industry.
Participants will learn music production and take part in sessions exploring key topics such as ‘working as an independent artist’ and ‘building your community’ - gaining a strong understanding of career options within the industry and progression pathways.
Courses offer training in production, working as an independent artist and producer, building community and gaining insights into UK music roles. Sessions are held on evenings during the week to ensure they can run alongside existing college studies or work.
Emerge is also a youth-led programme, co-designed and delivered by World Heart Beat’s young producers and industry professionals. It allows young people to tailor the training to their interests and explore roles and opportunities that most closely align with their skill set and interests, giving them the strongest chance of developing a sustainable career.
World Heart Beat's Young Producer Ava Joseph said, "EMERGE brings people together and allows them to explore their creativity and interests in a non-judgemental and comfortable space.”
Kemi Akinola, Wandsworth Council's cabinet member for the voluntary sector, business engagement and culture said, "These really are great opportunities to help make it fairer for young people to get into an industry which is notoriously difficult to enter.
"I'd encourage anyone who is interested in a music career to sign up for these free sessions, learn new skills and explore all the options open to you."
World Heart Beat would love to hear from young people interested in taking part, as well as organisations that are already working with young people who would be interested in hosting a taster session in their setting.
Following the opening of their new state-of-the-art Nine Elms venue in 2022, World Heart Beat are also offering a free Radio Production Course for young people interested in broadcasting their own radio show or podcast. Working with industry professionals in World Heart Beat's brand new broadcasting room the course includes how to design and plan a show, create jingles and show scripts and conduct interviews.
The course runs on Thursdays from 7 February at World Heart Beat Embassy Gardens, 3 Ponton Road, SW11 7BD.
Find out more about all these opportunities and apply by visiting World Heart Beat website worldheartbeat.org, call 020 8870 3042 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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