IN THE LOOP provides access for young people to connect with professionals in the music industry
In The Loop is a new social music project dedicated to providing access for young people aged 18-25 who want to work in the music industry. We create virtual sessions where successful applicants can communicate and network with different professionals in the music industry. With this, we hope that the participants can extend their network, gain more confidence, and use their new music contacts professionally.
We believe representation matters and access is key to diversifying and normalising young people from different walks of life working in the music industry. In The Loop aims to accelerate this change. We are here to represent young people who want to work in the music industry but may not have the easy access. We place opportunity at the forefront of our project by reaching out to young people who may feel like they are exempt from any opportunity because of their social identity.
ABOUT: A word from Maia ..
Picture this. Fresh out of university, scared at the prospect of where I will end up working mid-pandemic but eagerly passionate about making my way into the music industry. With me not knowing where to begin my journey or who I should contact led me to Andy Smith, co-founder of Regenerate – a youth charity that creates opportunities for young people to thrive and achieve their aspirations. Andy saw my passion for music and introduced me to a notable person in the industry. From this, I was able to engage in a series of zoom calls with him. I could ask him questions about his journey into the music industry and receive advice on where to begin mine. He then introduced me to other people that perform different roles in the music business which gave me a greater insight into what certain jobs involve and what is expected of me when applying for roles. For example, I met Zeon Richards, owner of the talent management company Renowned (associated with the likes of Wretch 32, George The Poet, Jacob Banks, Hamzaa, Knox Brown, Tia Carys, Funny Tummy (Contemporary Artist) as well as Steel Banglez, Stefflon Don on an A&R front.
Zeon helped me to grow in knowledge and confidence, and I transitioned from not knowing what I wanted to work as to now having greater confidence and clarity about who I am, what I want to do in the music industry and how I can get there.
This experience led me to create In The Loop! I wanted other young people young people who have a passion for music and the industry or may feel not know how to make connections, to have the opportunity for the same introduction to influential people!
You can discover the music industry for yourself, build your network and confidence to enhance your career so that you too can be In the Loop.
Who’s it for?
Young People aged 18 -25 with a passion for music and a desire to work in the music industry.
What will happen?
On the second Wednesday of every month, for five months, 10 successful applicants will be meeting a different professional from the music industry via Zoom. At the beginning of the week the confirmed speaker will be revealed to give you all enough time to compile a few questions to ask them!
What will I gain from this?
You will hear the experiences of successful music professionals who work in roles such as A&R, Producing and live events and hear their journey into how they got their job and any advice they could give!The aim of these sessions will be for you to get as much out of it as you can by strengthening your confidence to engage in conversations with the professionals, so be as confident as you can be in asking your questions! You will expand your networking skills and collaboration opportunities and gain a better understanding of industry roles which will help when applying for jobs.”
When does the course begin?
The course will begin on June 10th 2021.
The deadline for applications is on 10th May and informal interviews with the successful 10 applicants will take place on 17th May.
Please answer the following questions in a word format document and send this to Intheloop @renowedgroup.com :
1)What initiative have you shown to gain experience in the music industry? 2)What is your creative background? Why do you do it? 3)What skills do you have that would be relevant to working in the music industry?
Also please upload a video onto Youtube (no longer than 2 minutes) considering the following questions as include this link in your email to us:
1)What do you hope to learn from these sessions? 2)What can you contribute to the programme? 3) Talk about the artist/musician that has inspired you.
If you have any questions feel free to get in touch, and I look forward to hearing from you.
In the Loop is a project run by Regenerate in partnership with Renowned Music Management.