“I got some really good feedback and I really enjoyed my performance and interacting with the audience. It's given me a confidence boost and I feel like I have more direction and know exactly where I want to go."
EXCHANGE BE SEEN / BE HEARD / BE INSPIRED
For the third consecutive year, in June 2017 Music for Youth's Exchange gave young performers from across Scotland the chance to learn from established artists and be inspired by industry professionals (Universal Music UK, Polydor, Virgin EMI, Decca, Behind the Noise, and many more) and their peers alike. Hosted by BBC Radio Scotland’s Vic Galloway, Exchange is a whole day of workshops, performances, advice, networking opportunities, a marketplace, and a line-up of speakers covering a whole range of useful topics.
Musicians also had the chance to be seen, and get their music heard by performing live for audiences throughout the day. Our professional Music for Youth Music Mentors were on hand to offer each group feedback on their music and stage presence and highlight areas for development to take their music further. All groups that performed will also be considered for cross-border opportunities, which includes the Music for Youth Proms at the Royal Albert Hall in November 2017.
Exchange 2017, Friday 2nd June, 10:00-21:30
With things to see and do spread across three different areas, take a look at the kind of sessions that were available to get involved with, as well as an overview of everything that happened right across the day.
Songwriting Workshop - Try out songwriting or tighten up your existing skills with well-known Scottish musician, songwriter and guitarist Findlay Napier! Get some inspiration, tips on writing and arranging your own music, and then get involved with trying it out live
Rhythm & Beats Session - Try out new instruments and create new beats and rhythms either from scratch, or to add to your own existing tunes. Led by pro percussionist Alan Bryden
Behind the Noise Session - Advice on gigging and touring, tips on dealing with tech requirements, and how to function as a band!
Keynote Discussion - Advice, stories and insights about the world of music. Don't miss Idlewild's Rod Jones in conversation with BBC Radio Scotland's Vic Galloway
Utalk from Universal Music - Get insider info from those in the know at one of the world's most well-known record labels. Panel includes: Morna Cook, HR @ Universal Music UK, Stephen Hallowes, Marketing @ Polydor, Andy Knox, Commercial @ Virgin EMI, Fiona Pope, A&R @ Decca, Selina Webb, Comms @ Universal Music UK
Frequencies Collaborative Jam Session- Bring yourself, bring your music, and see where you can take it. Try out new sounds and styles with the help of professionals and other young musicians from across Scotland
Frequencies New Artist Showcase - Get the weekend started with music from emerging homegrown talent: an exciting line-up of upcoming Scottish acts
10:00 - 10:15: Welcome and Intro
10:15 - 11:45: Performances
12:45 - 14:00: Performances
14:15 - 15:15: Idlewild's Rod Jones in conversation with BBC Radio Scotland's Vic Galloway
15:30 - 16:00: Performances
17:30 - 18:30:Frequencies Collaborative Jam Session