Plug In! Free course October 2016 half term for young musicians

 The stage was set for young musicians to plug into the music industry, ahead of a week of free activities in October half term, 2016.

The four-day event at Colchester Institute, funded by Essex County Council’s Essex Music Education Hub, offered 13-18 year olds the chance to peek into the music industry – and find out what’s really ‘behind the scenes’.

Studios were available for recording and producing music, along with a full-scale final gig to mimic an authentic live show.

Music industry specialists were on hand to offer advice and share their experiences of producing, composing and performing around the world.

Unsung heroes of the music industry – backstage crew – also offered experience of working with PA systems and stage management, along with various other skills that are vital to the success of music gigs and festivals.

Cllr Ray Gooding, Essex County Council Cabinet Member responsible for Education and Lifelong Learning, said: “Music can be a great platform for young people to show off their creative talents, with a wide range of genres offering something for everyone.

“Regardless of the music they enjoy, I encourage all young people to seize this rare opportunity to experience being a professional musician.

“This county has produced some fantastically talented artists in the past – and this event could be the beginning of a bright future for somebody!”

In The Business: The Music Industry Sessions is a partnership project run by Essex Music Education Hub and Colchester Institute, and was made free to young people by Arts Council England funding.

We are hoping to hold another course in the coming months; please keep an eye on our Twitter and Facebook feeds for more information!