Building a Music Portfolio Career

We've teamed up with Youth Music to present a panel on how to "Build a Portfolio Music Career"


With a panel of guests we'll be discussing how you can balance your creative work or day job with a side hustle, freelancing or music education projects.


You might be interested in combining a freelance role with your 'day job', the opportunities to pursue a music career with social purpose, how to set up a side-hustle with being an artist and how to combine freelance and employee life successfully.



Meet our fantastic speakers:


Adem Holness, Relationship Manager (Arts Council England)  & Music Curator (Horniman Museum & Garden) (Instagram @ademandel)


Adem Holness is a music programme/events producer from North London, who currently works as a Music Relationship Manager at Arts Council England & Curator of a brand new music programme at the Horniman Museum and Gardens. He has created immersive live music events across the UK & worked to support the development of emerging music artists. Previously, Adem spent three years at the helm of Wired4Music - London’s music network for 16-25 year olds, has promoted gigs and tours and worked in partnership with organisations like Youth Music, Roundhouse, Hammersmith’s Eventim Apollo, Poet In The City & BBC Introducing.


Abimaro, Singer-Songwriter & Music Leader (Instagram: @abimaro)

Abimaro is a singer song-writer from London. She released her debut solo EP 'Something Prettier Than Before' in July 2017, and saw the lead single 'Fever' featured on Dazed's July playlist. She will be releasing her most recent work in August of this year. Having previously lent her vocals to bands such as Zero 7, Cinematic Orchestra and The Free, Abimaro is also a Music Facilitator, regularly leading projects for organisations including The Roundhouse, Spitalfields music & The Albany. Chosen for her art led approach to music, Abimaro was profiled as one of the subject artists in the much acclaimed 2017 exhibition by Hassan Hajjaj 'La Caravane' at Somerset House, which she will be performing live in LA this Oct 2019. Abimaro is also currently exhibiting her sound installation collaboration with artist Lakwena Maciver, 'Sing me high, sing me low, bring me back, let me go' in The Colour Factory in New York. She is inspired by life, faith and stories.

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Max Wheeler, Musician/Producer, Consultant, Author and Youth Music Tutor (Instagram @MaxWheeler)


Max is a musician/producer, consultant, author and youth music tutor, specialising in Rap, Urban & Electronic music, soundtracks, remixes and peer-to-peer education projects.

He has conducted over 200 workshops across the country teaching Rap, beatmaking, songwriting and production to everyone from young offenders to social workers and in primary schools, special needs projects and community groups. His work on lyric writing with young people is soon to be highlighted in a peer reviewed journal by academic Luke Dickens.


As a recording artist on Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood label, Max is one half of duo Anushka with over 750k plays on Soundcloud, an album and world tour in 2014 and Radio 1 plaudits from Annie Mac, Skream and others.



Remi Harris MBE, Creative Business Expert, Remi Harris Consulting (Moderator) (Instagram @remiharrismbe)

Remi Harris MBE has 20 years’ experience working across the creative industries as a

trainer, senior manager, coach and business adviser in the UK and internationally. She is

qualified with an MBA (Masters in Business). She is author of the book: Easy Money? The

Definitive Guide to Funding Music Projects in the UK (2013). She set up her own consultancy in 2014, clients include Creative United, Somerset House Trust, The Barbican, Metal Culture, Association of Independent Music, Small Green Shoots, The Musicians' Union, PRS Foundation and many individual artists. She is co-founder of Young Guns Network with Sam Potts. She was formerly a senior executive with AIM and UK Music.



CONCESSION TICKETS: concessions for this event are available to subscribers of the YGN newsletter (sign up via this website), members of the Musicians Union, via Youth Music and to Graduates and Students of BIMM. The event is supported by the Musicians' Union, Handle Recruitment, Youth Music, BIMM and Remi Harris Consulting.


ABOUT YOUTH MUSIC: Youth Music is the UK’s largest young people’s music charity supporting more than 350 music-making projects and reaching 89,000 musicians aged 0-25 each year. Projects take place across a wide range of out-of-school settings such as youth clubs, arts venues, music studios, radio stations, prisons, nurseries and hospitals. The charity helps children and young people to develop personally and socially, as well as musically. Participants take the lead in choosing what and how they want to learn, making music of every style and genre. Sessions are delivered by expert music facilitators who often work freelance and combine this with other creative work. Youth Music’s work is funded by the National Lottery via Arts Council England.



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