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The murky world of the music biz can be pretty daunting for those just starting out. You may be full of ideas and creative juices, but how do you get your music heard by others?

The ever-wonderful fellas at Sunderland’s Pop Recs Ltd. know this plight all too well, and have put together a series of free and informal Saturday afternoon sessions aimed at 14-21 year olds that will demystify the processes of how to put on a gig, record music, write a press release, tour and much more.

The DIY Music Project kicks off on Saturday 15th September, as two of our very own experts – editor Claire Dupree and long-term contributor and promoter Linsey Teggert – provide some insight into how to get gigs and how to put them on yourself. Linsey will draw on her experience as DIY promoter Confusion Is Next (plus her day job in marketing and her experience writing for Upset and NARC. magazine) to offer advice on how to put on a DIY gig – from logistics to promotion and more; while Claire Dupree has experience of running successful festivals including NARC. Fest and Stockton Calling, plus numerous events over the last 12 years. They’ll be joined by Pop Recs’ own Dave and Mike who will give some insight into life on the road with Frankie & The Heartstrings. Together they will explain how best to make the most of your band’s brand.

On Saturday 29th September, Jordan Millar from Pamplemousse Recording Studio will teach the tricks of the studio trade. The event will take place at a recording studio in Sunderland, and is ideal for those aged 16-21 with some basic knowledge of music tech.

Saturday 6th October sees NARC.’s Claire Dupree back to host a session on how to get press and effectively promote your band. Learn about how to write a press release, how to approach magazines and websites, the importance of good photography and much more. She’ll be joined by Spark Sunderland’s Head of Music Larnie Moles, who will give an insight into how to get radio airplay and the role of radio pluggers, and Casey Spence, who has nearly a decade of experience in arts and culture marketing – supporting and advising festivals, magazines, theatre companies and more to get the most out of digital.

On Saturday 27th October, the session will focus on touring. Manager, promoter, programmer and all-round music expert Sue Collier will be joined by one of the region’s foremost punk musicians Pauline Murray from Penetration. They’ll talk about how the industry works, how to get on tour and share some insights from their successful careers.

Saturday 3rd November will see Sunderland’s quirk pop supremos Field Music provide a one-off opportunity to learn mixing techniques to discover how to make your music sound great. Suitable for 16-21 year olds with a basic knowledge of music tech, the workshop will take place in a Sunderland city centre studio.

The DIY Music Project will equip young musicians, songwriters and artists with the vital skills needed to do it themselves.  Armed with so much knowledge, success is a mere song away…

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