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Sage Gateshead to host new music industry conference

The leading music venue Sage Gateshead will host a one-day conference on 26 January 2023 as part of a drive to support more young people into music production.

Exploring Inclusive Approaches to Music Technology with Children and Young People will mark the seventh in Sage Gateshead’s MC² (Mini Conference) series for music educators working with young people experiencing challenging circumstances.

The event follows the launch of Sage Gateshead’s new Making Tracks programme, a practical mentoring initiative for young people interested in music production.

The event will open with a keynote from Dr Pete Dale, Lecturer at York University and Principal Investigator for the AHRC-funded CUMIN network (Contemporary Urban Music for Inclusion Network). CUMIN is a collective of organisations using contemporary urban music (such as hip-hop, grime, EDM and house) in inclusive ways, recognising that whilst contemporary urban music is one of the most-listened-to genres in the world, it is frequently excluded from mainstream music education.

Delegates will then have the opportunity to explore practical approaches to using music technology with children and young people through workshop sessions led by the Making Tracks programme at Sage Gateshead and DJ Schools UK based in Leeds.

Sage Gateshead’s Making Tracks programme, which is delivered in partnership with Access Music Production CIC, is aimed at young people aged 16-25 who are interested in music production and recording. Since launching in September, the programme has offered young musicians and songwriters the opportunity to immerse themselves in the recording studio environment and work with producers to create, write, record and produce their own music.

Exploring Inclusive Approaches to Music Technology with Children and Young People will take place on Thursday 26 January at 1.30pm at Sage Gateshead. Tickets are free of charge and can be booked online here. Places are limited, so advanced booking is strongly recommended.