MusicPlus is looking to support young people keen to pursue a career in music.

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MusicPlus offer support to young people, aged 14-19) in all elements of the profession, from instrumental and technical tuition to song-writing, new technology, DJ and rapping skills, sound engineering and entrepreneurship, across all genres of music. The aim is to provide tailor made support to the individual through direct contact  with music industry professionals who’ll offer guidance, encouragement, skills and knowledge across a range of industry roles from performance to event promotion.

The project, supported by Creative Scotland’s Cashback for Creativity programme, has recently been increased to include people from all over Scotland following a successful pilot in several areas including the Highlands. Feedback from the initial project included:

“My mentor was easy to talk to and very knowledgeable. Really enjoyed the experience”
(16, Inverness)

“I learned how to improve as a singer-songwriter, what situations to avoid in the music industry and how to extend contacts with media/professionals”.

(18, Fife)

Iain Munro, Director of Creative Development at Creative Scotland, said;

“We are delighted to see the successful pilot programme, supported through the Youth Music Initiative, stretching out across the country to benefit hundreds more young people. MusicPlus links enthusiastic young people with music industry professionals who’ll offer guidance, skills and knowledge of the music industry from song writing to sound engineering, providing the opportunity to progress a career in the industry.”

For more information and details on how to apply, please contact Sace Lockhart: 0141 552 5222 / sace@scottishmusiccentre.com or Robbie Dunsmore at robbie@musicplus.org.uk. You can also visit http://www.musicplus.org.uk.

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A lifelong passion for music matched with a geeky fascination for social media and websites resulted in the creation of Inverness Gigs back in 2010. The aim of the site is to help promote, support and generally raise awareness of the local music scene.In fairness fifteen years of being a psychiatric nurse never prepared me for the experiences that we have had over the last few years and the evolution of Inverness Gigs has certainly been a steep learning curve.I currently write (less and less), edit and co-ordinate most of the Inverness Gigs activities.Occasionally seen on Twitter, and  LinkedIn, if you want get in touch you can contact me direct at chris@igi.gs