Are you 12 – 18 years old or know of someone who would enjoy a FREE MUSIC INDUSTRY SESSION?

Listen with Peter Lovell, Essex Music Services’ Lead partner in Essex Music Education Hub. Hear Peter talk about the 2016 course and read on for details on the next free session taking place on 12, 13 and 14 February 2018 in Colchester.

PLUG INTO an exciting three days of FREE activities for young musicians (12-18) at Colchester Institute focused on developing a career in the music industry. The three-day event takes place during February 2018 half-term and ends with an open gig on the afternoon of Wednesday 14th February.

During the three days there will be sessions with industry professionals including musicians, performing artists and venue management staff covering Working with PA Systems, Performance Craft, Stage Management, Instrumental & Songwriting Masterclasses, Instrumental, Vocal & Rehearsal Techniques, and more.

A team of music industry professionals will provide valuable insights from their personal experiences. Create music in the studio and rehearsal room, work with full scale sound and light systems, perform on stage and meet other like minded musicians – All For FREE!

Limited availability and tickets must be booked in advance via the EventBrite link here

If this free course is full an automatic waiting list will be activated.


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event? The course if for 12-18 year olds only

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event? There is ample parking at the Institute

What can I bring into the event? Please bring instrument and your own refreshments

How can I contact the organiser with any questions? Direct line: 0333 0321156, Mobile: 07921 397219 Email:

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!