Next in our guest lecture series, we’re delighted to announce that Jayne Stynes will be speaking with our learners. Jayne is General Manager at the Music Managers Forum, a not-for-profit trade body with over 1000 members, seeking to educate, inform and represent UK managers, as well as providing a network through which managers can share experiences, opportunities and information.
Prior to joining the MMF Jayne spent 6 years working at Eleven Management, the innovative artist-led management company who’s roster included Damon Albarn, Blur, Gorillaz, The Clash, Róisín Murphy, Kano and Spoek Mathambo. During her time at Eleven, Jayne worked on five UK top five-album campaigns, Brit and MOBO Award winning acts, as well as Grammy and Mercury Music Prize nominated records. She has toured extensively in her day-to-day manager role and as tour manager with smaller productions.
Jayne is in the second year of PhD studies at the department of Media, Communications and Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London. This research explores the significance of gender-focused initiatives in the UK music industries and wider inequalities in the creative industries sector.
The online NCL guest lecture will take place on Monday 25th January at 11:30am, details below. *PLEASE NOTE Students with classes during this time slot MUST secure the agreement from their course lecturer to attend
Kim is a pioneer in the music industry, highly respected as one of the first women Tour Managers and has been touring for over three decades with some of the most notorious rock bands. Now an author, her book “ Confessions of a Female Tour Manager “ details her many experiences of life on the road. Educator and Life Coach, helping others achieve their goals within the music industry, Kim will be discussing her career and sharing her knowledge with NCL students.
As 2021 kicks off the next stage of the academic journey for NCL students, the music, music business and sound production departments continue to deliver a diverse range of engaging teaching practices and opportunities. The success generated to date for bringing in industry professionals continues at pace as Arusa Qureshi looks to share her vast experience with learners.
Arusa is an award-winning writer, editor and speaker with a passion for music, diversity and accessibility within arts and culture. Arusa was Commissioning Editor for Bella Caledonia, and was formerly Editor of The List, the UK events and entertainment publication based in Edinburgh, Scotland. As a passionate advocate for diversity and accessibility, she is on the board of the Scottish Music Centre, working to support the organisation’s aim to champion the wealth of talent that abounds in Scotland’s musical community. Moreover, Arusa is also on the Scottish Music Industry Association’s new Advisory Group which exists to represent and develop Scotland’s music industry.
The online NCL guest lecture will take place on Wednesday 13th January at 11am, details below. *PLEASE NOTE Students with classes during this time slot MUST secure the agreement from their course lecturer to attend
In light of the present situation, the music performance, music business and sound production departments at New College Lanarkshire have reached out to a range of industry figures with invitations to speak with students, and the guests are coming thick and fast!
Hot on the heels of Mercury Prize nominee Dave Okumu’s lecture and online discussion, a series of industry figures are set to join learners over the coming months to share their experience and offer insight regarding their own roles and backgrounds. Already confirmed are;
Mercury Prize nominee Dave Okumu has given a guest lecture to Music students from New College Lanarkshire.
The internationally-recognised musician, songwriter, producer, band leader and music director spoke about working with artists such as Adele, Grace Jones, Jessie Ware, Arlo Parks and Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien.
Dave, who was nominated for a Mercury Prize as part of the critically acclaimed band The Invisible in 2009, recalled his time as a student in Scotland and working on as-yet unreleased material with Adele.
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During the guest lecture, he was asked questions about his early career, his proudest achievements, his current projects, and the changing way that music is consumed.
He said: “It’s wonderful that you guys are pursuing your passion and your interests and if you work hard at that, and keep developing, that energy creates opportunities and it draws people to you.
“If you engender positivity towards yourself and your work, and you’re in touch with what you are inspired by, and you work hard at it, and you seek to connect with like-minded people, wild things happen – the most unexpected and inspiring things.
“If there’s anything that I’d want to convey it’s the importance of relationships alongside investing in yourself.”
Born in Vienna to Kenyan parents and ultimately settling in London via Edinburgh and Paris, Dave Okumu has also collaborated, performed or recorded with Paloma Faith, Amy Winehouse, Yoko Ono and Beck.
He was awarded with an Honorary Fellowship of Goldsmiths, University of London in June 2018 in recognition of his achievements and contributions to music.
Dave added: “By the time I left school I knew that I would be playing music even if I had to flip burgers for the rest of my life. It was like breathing.
“I studied French and Politics at Edinburgh and my music career had already started at that point, but I was just reacting to opportunities.
“It was a very personal choice for me: I supported myself through doing my degree by playing music, and at points getting frustrated because I would be asked to go on tour with my favourite band but I couldn’t because I had an exam or something.
“I always remembered what my guitar teacher had said to me; that these opportunities would come around again.
“I’m really glad I completed my degree. It was an amazing and at times challenging experience. I fell in love with Scotland. It was a very special time.”
The online lecture, on the theme of ‘Life in Music’, was attended by 48 students and five staff members, was organised by Creative Industries lecturer Bertie Fritsch.
Bertie said: “I thought the session with Dave Okumu was inspiring and informative with all questions from staff and students being discussed in an intuitive and positive way.
“Dave shared some very useful insights into developing a career in the music industry.
“He enjoyed the session so much that he said he would like to visit us in person in the future when the pandemic is over.”
Music and Music Business students from New College Lanarkshire have enjoyed a series of lectures from well-known industry figures recently, including Stevie Wonder’s manager Keith Harris, violin wizard Nora Germain, and Ivor Novello-winning songwriter Eliot Kennedy.