Nerve Centre to host conference

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Over three days later this week music industry experts will gather at venues throughout Derry to share their expertise and inside knowledge to those seeking to break into the multi-billion pound industry.

Resonate Futures Conference is a roundup of Nerve Centre’s year-long Resonate project which captured the musical talent, energy and spirit of the city during the City of Culture year.

From March 20-22, movers and shakers including legendary broadcaster Tom Robinson, dance producer Jupiter Ace and PR mogul Kathryn Mason will take part in a series of free master classes and workshops covering all aspects of the music business, from songwriting to marketing and production.

Pearse Moore, Nerve Centre chief executive said ‘The music industry is by its nature a vast and tangled business and for musicians and music lovers taking their first steps into the industry, the road to success can be daunting.

‘This is a great opportunity for those musicians to learn things that you can’t find in a textbook or even online. It will give them the chance to get direct access and advice from of the professionals themselves.’

Those professionals include Jeff Robinson, who has developed PR campaigns from the likes of Biffy Clyro and Tom Jones and world-renowned music producer, Jupiter Ace, who will deliver a producing master class on Saturday, March 22 at Nerve Centre.

However, the three-day conference is not all work and no play. The weekend will see intimate performances and collaborations from a range of artists including Paddy Nash, We Are Aerials, Droids, Glenn Rosborough and Resonate Music Video Contest winner, Adam Leonard at Nerve Centre on Friday, March 21 to celebrate a year of the Resonate project. Admission to the event is £5.

Friday’s session will come to a close with an evening of free music at Sandinos, hosted by BBC Radio 6 broadcaster Tom Robinson and performances from Ryan Vail, singer-songwriter Best Boy Grip and local four piece, The Clameens.

The next generation of young musicians in the city will also host a stunning musical showcase at Craft Village on Saturday, March 22 from 2-7pm as SYNC – Nerve Centre takes to the streets for a celebration of youth, music and creativity.

View the Resonate Futures Conference programme at www.nervecentre.org