Guest Speakers

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Madeleine Bloom is a producer and singer from Berlin, who runs Sonic Bloom, a site dedicated to all things Ableton Live, Push and Max for Live. Bloom founded the online platform Sonic Bloom in 2012, through which she teaches Live and music production, as well as offering Live Packs and Max for Live devices.

In this session Madeleine will give you tips and answer questions on how to best start a music related business or generate income from your skill set at a time when music alone doesn’t make enough money for most artists.

Bloom will discuss her own experiences, share tricks on saving time and money, and also address issues that you might encounter as a woman in a male dominated field and the best possible ways to navigate them.

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Michelle Myrie is the Creative and Corporate Partnerships Manager at Community Music, which is a youth and community music organisation that provides creative music making opportunities for people of all backgrounds and has been established for over 30 years.

Michelle teaches Music Production using Logic X to young people who have NEET needs and teaches on various projects encouraging music making, teaching both music production and acoustic drums.

Her role also involves creating partnerships with various creative and corporate organisations to help enrich the programmes Community Music delivers, which include a Foundation Degree in Music Production and Business (in partnership with the University of Westminster).

Michelle graduated from London Metropolitan University in 2002 with a BSc Honours in Mass Communications and Cultural Studies. After graduating Michelle spent 15 years running a successful film location company and worked her way up to Senior Director position for the last 10 years of her career in this field. Over the past five years her strong passion for music making urged her to give up the film and TV industry to work and teach in music.

Michelle is also an accomplished drummer who has played drum kit for over 15 years, including as a member of a number of bands across a range of genres. She has performed on tour in both the UK and in Europe, and is currently preparing for an upcoming tour with the band Night Trains who are signed to Acid Jazz Records. She has a wealth of experience both as a musician and as a tutor at Community Music and is qualified to EaT level 3 in Arts and Music Leadership.

In her talk Michelle will introduce the work of Community Music with young people. She will talk about the positive impact CM has made to individual lives, including NEET young people who come from very diverse backgrounds.

Michelle will also touch on Music Production/Tech and some of the challenges facing schools in terms of resources and knowledge of Music Tech, and how Community Music is helping schools in the community to address this.

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Andie Brown began playing music as a bass player in her teens, working with a number of bands over the following two decades. In 2007 Andie began performing and recording as a solo artist, experimenting with glass and electronics and creating what she has termed an “augmented glass harp”.

Elsewhere, Andie has enjoyed collaborating with a diverse range of artists, most often with Sharon Gal in the duo Mami Wata. In 2017, Andie was nominated for the PRSF Oram Awards.  Having graduated from London Metropolitan University with a First Class BSc in Music Technology in 2016, Andie has recently relocated to West Yorkshire where she is currently undertaking a Masters by Research in Music at the University of Huddersfield.

Alongside her work as a musician, Andie had a 17-year career in Market and Social Research Data Collection and Project Management until redundancy forced a change of direction: she had already begun to work part-time as administrator at the renowned London music venue Café OTO in 2008, where she dealt with the day-to-day finance and human resources functions of the venue (and continued to do so until 2017).

From 2010 to 2017, Andie also worked as a bookkeeper for a variety of organisations including arts organisation V22 London, whose main business is in the provision of art studios; sound consultancy RNSS Ltd, which provides front of house sound services for South Bank and Barbican Centres, as well as working with large scale sound installations and the helicopter trauma care charity London’s Air Ambulance. Additionally, Andie has provided (and continues to provide) consultancy and financial administration services to artists and festivals.

In this session Andie will cover the basics of how to become self-employed, maintaining records, taxable and non-taxable income, allowable expenses, filing tax returns, advice on when to consider hiring a bookkeeper or accountant, VAT, what to do if you want to start a small company (i.e. company formation and what happens if you want to employ someone) and offer  basic advice on applying for funding and how to keep records for funding accounts.

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Vicky Clarke is a sound artist, electronic musician and DIY instrument builder from Manchester. As a solo artist and co-founder of Noise Orchestra her work operates at the intersection of experimental music and art and technology; exploring the interplay of light and sound, composition and sound sculpture within performance, tech development and installation work. She is passionate about sharing skills and supporting young people within music; running the Disruption young composers scheme at Brighter Sound and working for Delia Derbyshire Day.

In this session Vicky will demonstrate the development of a series of self-built Noise Machines within the context of recent art commissions and residencies including an Innovate UK tech development project with electronic musicians and the development of urban sonic sound walks for ENLIGHT (European Light Expression Network) /Pervasive Media Studios for Rome Media Art Festival, touching on themes of hackspace culture, collaboration/community, psychogeography and open source.

The session will include the opportunity to get hands on with electronics and breadboard a Noise Machine light theremin oscillator.

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