Stages Music Industry Day

Build a career in the music industry

Wed 20 May, 6pm-9pm

Stages Music Industry Day

In partnership with Unconvention, Lancaster and Morecambe College and Generator

Are you aged between 14 and 25 and want to know more about a career in the music industry?

More Music has teamed up with Generator, Lancaster and Morecambe College and Unconvention to bring together music industry professionals to answer those questions you have always wanted to ask.

The latest in our series of young people’s Music Industry Events sees More Music in partnership with ‘Take Note’ to host some unique masterclasses that will plot out music industry progression routes that connect young people to the wider music industry, showing how it is a multi-faceted business - not just a environment of ‘stars’ and passing fads, but a place where all different types of talents are welcome and usable.

This time our industry event will focus around songwriting, performance and promotion with lots of opportunities for discussion, conversation, practical tips and question & answer sessions.

Our panel of special guests, chaired by Jeff from Un-Convention will be answering your questions and sharing their secrets and tips in converstaions about the songwriting process, how to get over stage fright and improve your stage presence and how to promote and market your band and take those first steps to getting your music heard on the radio.

Our special panel of Music Industry guests include:

Jeff Thompson

Jeff is co-founder of Un-Convention, co-founder of the Future Artists Live Creative Co-op and also runs Fat Northerner Records, an independent label based in Manchester, UK.

Louis Barabbas

Louis Barabbas is a writer, performer and label director, best known for caustic love songs and energetic stage shows.

Realising that unfashionable, genre-hopping groups such as his own could achieve success through sheer stubbornness he formed the label Debt Records with bandmates Biff Roxby and Dan Watkins, an enterprise devoted to supporting exceptional touring artists that didn’t suit a traditional marketing approach (or indeed a comfortable lifestyle).

He is also a member of Un-Convention, occupies a seat on the Musician’s Union Live Performance Committee, is one of the moderators at Tom Robinson’s Fresh On The Net resource, presents a weekly show on Fab Radio International and is an occasional mentor for Brighter Sound.

Louis passionately believes in the unifying force of music – that good songs have the power to educate, entertain and console. One day he hopes to write one that does all three.

Barry Hyde

Lead singer and guitarist with post punk band The Futureheads from Sunderland.

Shell Zenner

Shell Zenner is a vintage dress wearing, cupcake making, vinyl junkie and new music obsessive. Living and breathing Manchester, Salford and the North West, she gets her kicks from obscure instruments, flea markets, festivals, gigs and digging around at the back of venues for embryonic new talent that she can showcase on her Amazing Radio show.

A deliciously chatty interviewer and friendly face for touring bands, Shell treats her radio shows as a mutual appreciation society between musicians, labels and listeners. She also writes, blogs and social networks feverishly!

An accomplished DJ, Shell is as comfortable on the stage introducing the bands enthusiastically as she is booking the festivals line up. Her warm energetic approach helps her lend a hand to a range of music related roles from artist liaison, project management to judging talent.

Winner of the Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) 'Blogger of the year' in 2014 and shortlisted for the Association of Independent Music (AIM) Awards Indie Champion award in 2012, Shell is a knowledgeable music head with plenty of advice to share to up and coming artists. 

Emma Zillman

Booking agent for Kendal Calling 

Joe Kondras

Songwriter and drummer for The Heartbreaks