Dumfries Music Conference Offers Free Mentoring Programme

Dumfries Music Conference (DMC), which has been organising educational music events in Dumfries and Galloway since 2012, has unveiled a mentoring programme aimed at young people who are interested in pursuing a career in the music industry. DMC will present three professional development courses, which will be led by experts from the local area.

The one-to-one mentoring programmes will cover: Audio Engineering, Live Sound, Studio Recording; Music Journalism, Marketing and Promotion; and Music Curation, Management and Production.

DMC’s mentoring programmes, which can be arranged to suit the mentors and students, will run during August and September. Each one will amount to at least 24-hours of mentoring – typically split across four six-hour sessions.

The audio course will be led by Dave Miller. Dave is a freelance audio engineer, with 10 years of professional experience and three years of academic study behind him. He has experience in a range of musical genres and event types – for audiences as large as 12,000 people – and has worked extensively mixing front of house for concert material and has toured national and internationally with a range of artists.

Melissa Gunn will take the music journalism course. Melissa is a lecturer in business and enterprise at the University of the West of Scotland and current chair of the Board for The Stove Network. She is also the founder and development manager of Small Town Sounds – a website that promotes the Dumfries & Galloway music scene.

The Music Curation, Management and Production course will be taken by Martin O’Neill. Martin is an artist, musician and graduate of Theatre Directing from Queen Margaret University. He has worked as an actor, director, writer and artistic collaborator with the National Theatre of Scotland, and is the founder of Brave New Words – a monthly spoken word and music event held The Stove, Dumfries.

As these are one-to-one mentoring courses, places are extremely limited. If you are interested in taking one of the courses please contact [email protected] by Wednesday 19 July.

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