Young people in the Borders hear from music industry insiders at Off the Record

Off the Record Galashiels. Photo by Jannica Honey.
Off the Record Galashiels. Photo by Jannica Honey.

Music industry event ‘Off the Record’ took place at the Mac Arts Centre in Galashiels on a wild and windy Saturday in early December.

The youth event was attended by over 30 young musicians from across the Borders. Festival promoters, band managers, record label representatives and sound engineers were among the key music industry figures to share their knowledge and experience. Advice was provided on key aspects of the music industry including releasing music, getting and organising gigs as well promotion and working in the business.

The event was organised by company Born To Be Wide in partnership with the Scottish Borders Youth Music Forum, the Council’s Creative Learning Team and Creative Arts & Business Network (CABN). “The response to Off the Record in Galashiels was incredible. There is a real wealth of talent in the Borders, and it was encouraging to see so many young musicians making new friends and building their network at the event.” says Michael Lambert, co-director of Born To Be Wide. A participant at the event remarked “I really enjoyed the talks. They were really helpful and I seriously learnt a lot that I was clueless to beforehand, so thank you for that”.

Following Off the Record, a series of youth music events, workshops and activities will be rolled out over 2016 by the new Scottish Borders Youth Music Forum.