Free programme for music entrepreneurs in Wakefield

A free programme to help entrepreneurs, with an interest in the music industry, to launch their business is taking place in Wakefield in spring 2018.

The Music Futures course aims to help people who have an innovative idea in areas such as music production and distribution, live events and new immersive technology for audiences.

The scheme is part of the European Regional Development funded AD:VENTURE programme, Music Futures, led by industry leaders Generator. There will be a series of free masterclasses across six months from February 2018 to June 2018 in Wakefield city centre.

The Council-backed programme will also be supported by Production Park and Tileyard Studios, providing advice and mentoring for potential start-ups.

Cllr Peter Box CBE, Leader of Wakefield Council, said: “I am pleased this course is encouraging people with an enthusiasm for music to develop the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in business. 

“Small and medium sized businesses play an important role in helping the local economy and support our aspiration for greater growth and prosperity for our district.”

Jim Mawdsley, CEO of Generator, said: “Generator is thrilled to bring the Music Futures series to Wakefield and the wider Leeds City region. These masterclasses are for recently established and prestart businesses to explore where the opportunities are in technology-led platforms both now and in the future of the music industry. Areas including VR/AR/XR and streaming alongside digitally-led marketing strategies and a more in-depth understanding of the complex myriad of rights within the music industry will be uncovered. With the addition of coaching opportunities from music industry specialists, this series will bolster the capability and understanding of any small business looking to establish a firmer footing within the region.

Karen Watts, Marketing Director of Production Park, said: “Production Park is very pleased to be supporting this great initiative from AD:VENTURE. The live events industry is booming and advances in technology are helping to create spectacular experiences for audiences.  From virtual reality and live video content through to design and automation, we welcome the opportunity to mentor the next generation of live industry professionals.”

The course offers a combination of classroom and one-to-one sessions with industry experts. It aims to equip people with a broad range of skills such as how to develop their business plans, create a pitch and finance their idea.


To find out more and register an interest visit www.ad-venture.org.uk/MusicFutures