Leading Independent Music Distributor TuneCore launch free youth development initiative
Get Started in the Music Industry
May 24th – May 28th 2021
- In partnership with Point Blank Music School and The Prince’s Trust, the programme aims to help young people 18-30 learn more about entering the music industry
- Created in response to deficit in music education amongst young people with economic pressures
Confirmed speakers include GIRLI, R.A.E, Scouting for Girls, Novo Amor and more industry professionals from Iceland Airwaves, Believe, Metropolis and more
I’m hyped to work with The Prince’s Trust to help young people get into the music industry – talks and industry seminars really helped me when I was starting out so it’s cool to be able to help the next gen of artists in the same way.
I’m really excited to be a part of this – The Prince’s Trust is such a great initiative so really hope i can contribute to making this week valuable.
LONDON, UK, April , 2021 – Leading independent digital music distributor TuneCore, has partnered with Point Blank Music School and youth charity, The Prince’s Trust to create a week-long programme for young people looking to join the music industry. Get Started in the Music Industry runs May 24th – May 28th 2021 features mentoring, artist conversations and more than twenty five hours of live virtual sessions.
UK Music’s 2018 report, ‘Securing Our Talent Pipeline’ found that just 15% students in state schools receive music education, compared to 50% of students studying at independent schools. Economic pressures, reduced access to equipment and a shrinking number of schools offering the subject has seen the number of young people studying music at both GCSE and A-Level continue to drop.
TuneCore, The Prince’s Trust and Point Blank have created this programme in response to these issues, bringing together representatives from all parts of the industry, including executives from Iceland Airwaves, Various Artists Management, Metropolis Studios, byta, Open DAW and TuneCore parent company Believe, to deliver a range of practical advice and industry expertise. The programme will introduce attendees to the basics of music production and songwriting, alongside a wide range of music business sessions. Each day will conclude with an artist interview, with GIRLI, R.A.E, Scouting for Girls, and Novo Amor slated to speak.
“The opportunities available in the music industry are vast, but those opportunities are not equally available to everyone. To develop a better, more diverse and more impactful music industry of the future, we need to act now and support the expansion of the UK talent pipeline. TuneCore is honoured to have been invited by The Prince’s Trust to support the fantastic work they do with young people and excited to have Point Blank join us for the journey.”
– Gareth Mellor- Head of UK- TuneCore
“This programme will be a great introduction to the music industry, offering insight from industry experts who have experience of working behind the scenes in areas such as music production, PR, marketing and tour managing as well as hearing from musicians and artists themselves. We’re excited to offer this opportunity, which we hope will encourage the next generation of music professionals and look forward to working alongside TuneCore and Point Blank Music School.”
– Melanie Phillips- Executive- The Prince’s Trust
“At Point Blank Music School, we’re committed to providing access to music education and the music industry for all, regardless of background. We believe the only thing that should limit you is your own talent, creativity and determination. We’re delighted to join forces with TuneCore and The Prince’s Trust to deliver this inspirational programme of events to build awareness of the career paths available within the music industry and to encourage young people to follow their musical passions.”
– Seth Stromboli, Head of Marketing, Communications & Engagement, Point blank Music School
Get Started in the Music Industry is open to young people not in education, employment or training aged 18-30 and is free.
To take part in the programme, which runs from 24th to 28th May, young people will need to attend an online Taster event on Tuesday 11 May at 2pm.
TuneCore is the global platform for independent musicians to build audiences and careers — with technology and services across distribution, publishing administration and a range of promotional services. TuneCore Music Distribution services help artists, labels and managers sell their music through Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, JioSaavn, Deezer, TikTok and more than 150 download and streaming stores worldwide, while retaining 100 percent of their sales revenue and rights for a low annual flat fee. TuneCore Music Publishing Administration assists songwriters by administering their compositions through licensing, registration, worldwide royalty collections, and placement opportunities in film, TV, commercials, video games and more. The TuneCore Artist Services portal offers a suite of tools and services that enable artists to promote their craft, connect with fans, and get their music heard. TuneCore, part of Believe, is headquartered in Brooklyn, NY, with offices in Los Angeles, Nashville, Atlanta, and Austin, and global operations in the UK, Australia, Japan, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Russia, India, Brazil as well as the LATAM, Africa and SEA markets.
Visit the TuneCore website www.tunecore.com
About The Prince’s Trust
The Prince’s Trust helps young people all over the UK to build their confidence and skills and supports them into jobs, education and training. Founded by The Prince of Wales in 1976, the charity supports 11 to 30 year-olds who are unemployed, struggling at school and at risk of exclusion. Many of the young people helped by The Trust’s youth support workers and mentors are in or leaving care, facing issues such as homelessness, mental health problems, or have been in trouble with the law. The courses offered by The Trust give young people the practical and financial support needed to stabilise their lives, helping develop self-esteem and skills for work. Three in four young people supported by The Prince’s Trust move into work, education or training. The Trust has helped over a million young people to date.
Further information about The Prince’s Trust is available at princes-trust.org.uk or on 0800 842 842.
About Point Blank Music School
Point Blank is an award-winning music school that combines industry expert teaching with hands-on learning in state-of-the-art studios, as well as offering interactive and innovative online learning options.
Voted ‘Best Music Production & DJ School’ by DJ Mag, and with a TEF Silver teaching award and a high student satisfaction rate of 84% (NSS 2020), the school offers an outstanding student experience across a range of practical and Higher Education music production, sound engineering, DJing, radio and music industry courses.
With schools in London, LA, Ibiza, China, Mumbai and online, a record label for developing new world-wide talent, and an international social media audience of over 2 million followers, Point Blank is a truly global school.
Visit pointblankmusicschool.com for more information