Ladders Music Course

Ladders: Music Course

This series of short courses concentrate on music creation and music business training. You will learn what is required to write songs and create recordings in studios in Newcastle. You will also discover how the creative aspects fit in within the wider music industry and are introduced to a wide range of career paths available in this sector.

Course 1 – Knowledge & Awareness
Course Industry Mentor:
 Sam Burt
Venue: Newcastle City Library and various music business tours

This course will consist of 3 sessions dedicated to understanding the wider music industry, from the local scene to global organisations. The sessions will run over 3 weeks and will include guest speakers who will take you through their specialisms to give you a first-hand account of what a career in their field can offer you. From management to record labels, publishing to live agents, this insight will give you a clear overview of the many and varied roles in the music business. You will learn how it all works together, how revenue streams flow and how copyrights are protected and exploited. There will also be sessions dedicated to tours of major music businesses and educational institutions in the region, to give you a behind-the-scenes and exclusive insight into the inner workings of venues, studios, record labels and other music enterprises.

This course will be predominantly music business focused, rather than creative and is aimed at those young people who might already have a good level of musicianship but lack the knowledge to develop it into a possible profitable career. There will be time for one-to-one consultations, so you can get specific advice for your exact requirements.

Knowledge & Awareness course dates;

Course 1 – 16th (12pm-6pm), 23rd & 30th January 2019 (1pm – 6pm)

Apply here for Course 1
* once your application has been approved you will receive a full course overview.

Course 2 – Skills Development in Songwriting and Production
Course Industry Mentor: Sam Burt
Venue: The Lit & Phil and Loft Music Studios in Newcastle City Centre.

This 3-week crash course will give your fresh ideas, inspiration and expert tips on how to improve your songwriting. On Day 1 we will leave the traditional confines of the studio to visit unusual places and use the stories, themes and patterns we see there to inspire song creation. The idea is to leave your busy modern life behind for a day and give yourself precious time to let your mind wander. Day 2 will focus on how we then craft songs from this raw inspiration, both musically and lyrically. Day 3 will be an introduction to how we then make all of this into a recorded product and explore the basic of music production, recording and mixing.

Throughout this course, you will also discover how the creative aspects fit in within the wider music industry and will be introduced to a wide range of career paths available in this sector. Some prior experience with writing your own songs is preferable and a decent level of musicianship and English language skills is important.

Skills Development course dates;

Course 2 – 6th, 13th & 20th February 2019 (1pm – 6pm)

Apply here for Course 2:
** once your application has been approved you will receive a full course overview.

Course 3 – Develop your own Music industry project
Course Industry Mentor: Sam Burt
Venue: Blank Music Studios

This course would greatly suit young emerging music artists who are already in a band. Whether you are just starting out, or already have a little experience in the music industry, there are important steps you must take and many things you will need to do in order to stand a chance of success in a challenging industry. This 4-week programme will be devoted to you devising and running your own music project and looking for ways to create longevity in the music business.

You’ll explore different aspects of music and specialise in areas that interest you, with a focus on a variety of themes such as composition, performance, analysis, music technology and music business. This could, for example, be a chance to dedicate some time to record your first single and forming a plan on how to release it. Or perhaps your band is interested in experimenting with new recording techniques and equipment to give your recordings a very unique sonic signature. As long as your project is ambitious and creative then anything goes!

Alongside your creative endeavour, a series of Enterprise Support workshops and one to one support is available to individuals who are contemplating pursuing a freelance career and/or develop a business idea in music.

The enterprise support package includes a series of key enterprise workshops covering a range of relevant business topics to guide and motivate creative individuals through the logistics of starting a business. Guest speakers will be introduced to their areas of specialism from accountants to young creative and digital entrepreneurs, business coaches to branding specialists to give insight into self-employment and constructive advice.

It’s a great opportunity to develop a broad base of skills to succeed in a wide range of exciting careers – or even create your own business after you graduate.

Industry Project course dates:

Course 3:
Application Deadline: 14th February (4pm).
Interviews: 18th February (TBC per applicant)
Industry Project Sessions – 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th March (5-10pm)
Showcase: 3rd April (4pm – 7pm)

Enterprise Sessions: 

  • 11th February (Monday) 11-2pm Newcastle City Library – Building your Networks within the Creative Industries
  • 4th March (Monday) 10am-12.30pm Newcastle City Library –  The Importance of Your Digital Footprint
  • 18th March (Monday) 11-2pm Newcastle City Library – Branding your Business or Idea
  • 25th March (Monday 11-2pm Newcastle City Library –  An Introduction to Marketing & Making it Work for you!

** once your application has been approved you will receive a full course overview.

*To join the Ladders courses you must be between 18-24yrs and be living in the North East.

Funded by: