Skills and Schools: Didcot

Creative Industries Minister and local Wantage and Didcot MP, Ed Vaizey is hosting a Skills and Schools day at St Birinus, on 5th December 2014, with Jo Dipple, Chief Executive of UK Music and Guy Fletcher, Chairman of PRS for Music.

An action packed day will see students from St Birinus and other local schools talk to experts and music executives about jobs in the industry and the skills employers are looking for now and in the future.

Students will get to meet Oritse Williams, formally from JLS, to find out what advice he would give to budding young musicians wanting to start a career in music.

UK Music has teamed up with PRS for Music to host a series of song-writing master classes. Pupils will be treated to bespoke sessions with some of the company’s top members who guide them through the creative process of writing and composing.

The UK Music Skills and Schools programme is designed to give young people the chance to learn about the many different career paths in the music industry. It covers everything from song-writing and promotion to management and A&R. UK Music is committed to helping people who want a job in the music industry get the advice and appropriate skills to help them fulfil that dream.

Ed Vaizey MP for Wantage and Didcot said; “I am delighted that UK Music and PRS for Music are coming to Didcot, and that students at St Birinus will have the opportunity to learn about working in the music industry and the range of careers that are available in the sector.  I want the best possible advice and support for young people locally when looking at careers, and particularly for those who are interested in careers in the arts, so this is a great opportunity, not to mention being really good fun. “

Jo Dipple, Chief Executive of UK Music said: “Whether they want to work in live music, or music publishing or whether they want to perform or compose, the modern music industry can offer young people a genuinely exciting career path.  UK Music is committed to ensuring students, like the ones we met today in Didcot, understand first the career options and secondly the skills to put them at the front of the queue for a top job. I am grateful to PRS for Music for co-hosting this Skills and Schools day.  I’m also grateful to have the chance to bring a bit of rock and roll to Ed Vaizey’s home town.  Ed continues to be a huge support to UK Music and I’m thrilled to be in Didcot.  ”

Guy Fletcher, Chairman of PRS for Music said; “I am delighted that PRS, is hosting this day with UK Music and Ed Vaizey MP. We have got some great songwriters to host creative sessions and workshops with the pupils. These master classes are a fantastic opportunity for the young people to learn about the process of composing and songwriting - who knows, perhaps in Didcot we will unearth a future winner of an Ivor Novello! I hope so!”

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