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Belfast Course Update

After a hugely successful first course in Belfast, Managing a Music Business Enterprise (MMBE) returned to Oh Yeah Music Centre on Thursday 28th November.

Although the course is already underway, a small number of part-funded places on the course are still available, anyone interested should contact Jonny Gray, jonny@generator.org.uk, for more information on the course and enrolment. Anyone joining the course at this stage will given ample opportunity to catch up through tutorial sessions and the online Learning Zone resources.

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MMBE Belfast: In the Students’ Own Words

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“I’ve found the course to be an invaluable source of information.  The tutors are very approachable and have a wealth of experience within the music industry.  There is Individual support and an on-line learning zone which is key to the delivery of the course.  Everything you need to know about the industry is covered. Last but not least the course is fun and a great networking opportunity.”
Adele Ingram, One-A-Chord Music 

“Above all, the course provides an up to date and detailed overview of what is a complex and fast changing music industry. Course tutors are not academics, but rather Industry people who actively involved within the Industry on a day to day basis and they’ll help you grapple with any difficult subjects such as publishing or legal contracts. Excellent online resources also which will help you plot a more efficient ‘route to market’ with your project.” 
Kyle Leitch, Bang the Drum

“If you are looking for a course that covers every aspect of the music industry in enough detail to get you started then this is it. No matter what genre or aspect of the business you are involved in or want to be involved in, then it’s here” 
Lyndon Stephens, Champion Sound Recordings

“An essential course for understanding a complex but potentially rewarding creative industry. Don’t be pressured into taking the wrong deal but instead know your options so multiple income streams can be utilised effectively.”  
Dave McCullough, Urban Niche

“Doing the MMBE course has really ‘sealed up’ that hearsay / word of mouth knowledge that you get plenty of as your finding your way within music and business. The course leaders / lecturers have a wealth of experience and knowledge. They also give you an abundance of much appreciated individual time and attention when asked questions, or when they are presented by current situations or issues. The like minded people you meet on the course has already become a friendly network of people planning to do work together within music.”
John Ross, The Jammhouse

“The MMBE Course is an essential tool for all people wanting to gain a full and concise insight of the Music Industry and its workings. The firsthand knowledge that is passed on by the Instructors and guest music industry professionals will aid anyone that is either a novice or seasoned individual in their goal to successfully manage a music business.”  
Mark Langham, music manager 

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MMBE Course Comes to Belfast

Following the continued success of Generator’s Managing a Music Business Enterprise (MMBE) qualification, we are extremely proud to announce the course is now going to be rolled out in Northern Ireland.

In a partnership between Generator, Creative & Cultural Skills and Department for Employment and Learning (DEL), the MMBE course will be delivered in Belfast at the Oh Yeah Music Centre beginning on 23rd May.

Stuart Bailie CEO of Oh Yeah said, “We have great resources of musical talent in Northern Ireland, but there’s a lack of business expertise when it comes to bringing the artists to market. In the past, we haven’t encouraged music entrepreneurs and we’ve lost many of them to London, Dublin and beyond. This MMBE course will help to fill an important gap and in the long run may bring the revenue from management, publishing and other sources back here.”

MMBE will be hosting a free of charge taster session on Tuesday, April 23rd at The Oh Yeah Music Centre between 5pm-7pm, this is designed to give those attending an overview of what the course has to offer and how it can assist them with progressing their career within the music industry.

To sign up for the MMBE taster course please contact jonny@generator.org.uk

*Please note spaces are limited.

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Last Chance for MMBE Gateshead at 2013 Fees

New government legislation and funding regulations mean that fees for level 3 courses in the UK will be changing. From August 2013 the Skills Funding Agency will no longer be contributing any subsidy towards these courses and instead all beneficiaries will be required to take out a student loan to cover course fees.

The Managing a Music Business Enterprise (MMBE) course starting at Gateshead College on 10th April is the last opportunity to take advantage of the subsidies before the new rules take effect from August. Anyone interested in taking the MMBE course is recommended to take advantage of the current subsidies now while they’re on offer.

Call Jonny on 0191 255 4469 or email jonny@generator.org.uk to find out more about the course.

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Funding Available for New Music Businesses

If you read Generator’s blog/newsletter The Gen then you’ll be well up to date with the new SME Access to Finance Schemes Report, which has this week been released by The Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS). In general terms, the report is a guide for labels, management companies, recording studios and other small music businesses to various lending and investment schemes.

Often, for a new business, looking at possible avenues for funding, or ways to generate some startup income is a daunting and rather confusing prospect. 

Jo Dipple

There are many questions to ask, such as how much money can a business get? Where can it get these funds from? What are the terms and conditions of getting these funds? UK Music CEO Jo Dipple suggests that ‘this is the Government’s attempt to make things a lot easier and put all the available funding opportunities into one comprehensive document’.

This is therefore good time to start up a music business, and there is no better way to equip you for the music industry than the MMBE Course. If you’d like to hear more about the course, take a look at our previous post (which includes a brief summary of what the course contains, including a list of all the units), and call Jonny on 0191 255 4469 or email jonny@generator.org.uk.

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Music Entrepreneur and Former MMBE Graduate Hits the Right Note to Secure Career Success

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The career prospects of a former unemployed Newcastle man are on a more sound footing after he completed a new course in music entrepreneurship.

Stewart Platt, 25, now runs his own record label thanks to a specialist course that equipped him with the skills and confidence to make it on his own in the highly competitive music industry.

The Managing a Music Business Enterprise (MMBE) course was developed by strategic partners Gateshead College and music development agency, Generator.

Stewart, who lives in Heaton, Newcastle, said: “I regularly attend seminars held by Generator so it was through them that I first heard about the course.

 “Mark Hobrough, the music lecturer at Gateshead College was fantastic. He has a wealth of knowledge and experience within the industry. The course really gave me an insight into the music business and its different elements.

I was particularly interested in the record label module and it was this that inspired me to set up my own label. Mark gave me the confidence and helped me with the application and business plan.

Stewart set up his record label and artist and event management company, R House, during the 13-week course.

He first thought about launching his own company when he saw how difficult it was for some of his DJ friends to secure gigs.

He said: “A lot of my friends struggled to get work, which in turn, meant that they couldn’t gain further experience or get their names out there.

I decided that if no-one would give them a chance, then I would put my own events on. That’s how I came up with the idea of Future Proof.

Future Proof aims to find advancing artists and give them the opportunity to perform live and help market their music. This can then be used as a stepping-stone to break into the live music scene in the North East with the objective of developing them from un-established DJ’s to fully-fledged performing artists.

In October 2012 he was granted £300 of funding from the O2 Think Big Initiative. The project aims to help young people between the age of 13-25 launch ideas and programmes that benefit the places where they live.

Stewart said: “I launched the first Future Proof with the funding that I won from O2 and it was a great success. Over 100 people attended and it gave me the desire and confidence to do more Future Proof events.

The events now take place on the first Friday of every month at The Globe in Newcastle.

Mark Hobrough at Gateshead College said: “It’s fantastic to see Stewart carve out a career for himself. He has gone from helping his friends to launching his own record label, a major feat for anyone.

This is exactly the kind of success story we were hoping for when we teamed up with Generator. There are so many opportunities in the region and this course delivers the skills, know-how and confidence to help these careers happen.

Stewart has also been shortlisted by Virgin Money to sponsor Newcastle United against Liverpool at St James’ Park in April. Virgin Money is working closely with local communities by supporting the Government’s Start-Up Loans scheme and giving one lucky start-up in the North East the chance to sponsor a Newcastle match. Vote for R House in the Big Kick Off here.

Other students that have started their own businesses following successful completion of the MMBE course are Ben Holland who runs The Polite Room gig nights across the North East, Grant Brydon who runs his own digital music communications agency Fiend Digital and Troy Slater who owns music production company Synchestra.

Anyone who is interested in enrolling on the next MMBE course, starting on April 10 should email Generator at jonny@generator.org.uk

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30 Rock

30 UNDER 30Music Week has today released their ’30 Under 30’ list. The list contains 30 people under the age of 30 that Music Week are ‘tipping for big things in the coming years’. It features young movers and shakers of the music industry including leading executives from the world of labels, live, publishing, management, media and more. The list goes to prove that a huge amount of success can be achieved in very little time.

As you can see there are plenty of opportunities out there for young starters in the music industry; but knowing where to start can be tricky. The MMBE course is a full Level 3 diploma, recognised across the music business and equips you with all the skills needed to run a successful music business in just 13 weeks. It thoroughly covers all bases from running a record label to making the most of digital media to licensing and synchronisation. It’s a fast track, affordable route to success in the music industry.

To book your place or register your interest in MMBE contact:
0191 255 4469
jonny@generator.org.uk
http://www.mmbe.co.uk

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New Year, New Course Dates

Turn your bright idea into a music business

If you’d like to make 2013 the year you to follow your dream and finally turn your bright idea into a music business then the MMBE course is ideal for you.

MMBE covers the fundamental areas of building a successful music business including publishing, marketing, digital media, revenue streams and business models. If you’re a DIY artist, a manager, promoter, booking agent, record label or publisher, MMBE enables you to build and implement a business plan immediately. The MMBE qualification is a full Level 3 Diploma giving students a nationally recognised qualification that is backed by UK Music.

The next MMBE London course begins with Music Business School on Wednesday 23rd January 2013. While the next MMBE Gateshead starts at Gateshead College begins on 10th April, with a special taster session on Wednesday 6th February.

Finally, we would like to wish all our MMBE students, past, present and future a very merry Christmas and all the best for 2013!

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Music Business School students receive MMBE Accreditation Certificates

One of the key benefits of attending an MMBE course is that graduating students are rewarded with a level three diploma under the UK government Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF).

The diploma is recognised across the music business and is fast becoming an indicator to employers that you have prepared yourself professionally for entry into the music business.

Students who attended our London based course earlier this year and who have since graduated recently got back together for a social gathering to celebrate having collected their diplomas. They were all pleased to receive a document that they can now present as proof of the diligence of their study.

Music Business School in London runs three MMBE courses each year and dates for 2013 have been announced. The first of the three courses for 2013 commence on January 23rd and applications to attend are now being taken.  To apply for an interview and to find out more about the course visit the Music Business School Website at www.musicbusinessschool.co.uk

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Drop Into MMBE

There are only a few places on the next MMBE course at Gateshead College, beginning on Wednesday 14th November. Generator are hosting a special drop in session on Friday 9th November for anyone interested in receiving last minute advice or ask any questions before enrolling. The MMBE team will be available in the Generator office 12pm-5pm on the day, to book a slot please email jonny@generator.org.uk with a preferred time and we will book you in.

As you can see from the case studies on this blog we’ve had some great results for previous students recently, some have jobs in the industry and others have managed to set up their companies and are doing well for themselves, you could be next.

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