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With the aim of enabling young people in challenging circumstances to gain access to music making opportunities, MUSINC is a musical inclusion project for the Tees Valley. With inclusion and a youth voice at its heart, the organisation are taking their advice sessions online to help provide young people in the region with the help they need to create.

Jamie Donnelly is part of the MUSINC team. “We are really proud that whilst Middlesbrough might get a lot of bad press for its lack of opportunities – at least young people can improve their lives and their mental health through music.” He explains. “Music might not solve all societal problems, but it will improve the quality of hundreds of young people’s lives, which will have a positive impact on the economy in the longer term.”

MUSINC LIVE runs throughout May and aims to connect those within the Tees Valley area that are currently in lockdown with industry experts to help them continue to grow and develop their craft from the isolation of their homes. These sessions are being delivered via Facebook Live on MUSINC’s Facebook page. Industry experts include Ste Allen (Be Quiet. Shout Loud!) who advises on songwriting techniques (4th May); Ku Promotions’ Simon Shaw talks about getting gigs and festival slots (7th May); producer Jamie Donnelly himself (also a member of Be Quiet. Shout Loud!) offers advice on recording (11th May); Quiet Crown’s Henry Carden dispels the myths around streaming (14th May); BBC Tees’ Rianne Thompson is on hand to advise on broadcast media (18th May); NARC.’s very own editor Claire Dupree can provide hints and tips on approaching print and web-based press (21st May); and Wipeout Publishing’s John Esplen advises on music publishing (24th May).

Sessions are open to anyone with an interest, and Q&A sessions are welcomed.

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