Young Guns Network (YGN), the networking group for young professionals in the music industry, celebrated its fifth anniversary with the launch of a year-long programme of seminars and events in London.
The launch event took place at The Ministry, London, Wednesday 3 October, and is to be followed by a monthly event featuring guest speakers and giving the opportunity for young professionals aged 18-30 in the music industry to network and form valuable contacts. Topics will range from music specific subjects, such as music publishing to advice on career development and entrepreneurship.
Remi Harris MBE and Sam Potts co-founded YGN IN 2013 with a dedicated team of volunteers from across the industry. It has since produced over 30 events to inspire and educate young professionals in the music industry and beyond, including two editions of the Buzz Jam music tech event which saw artists and coders collaborate to create new musical instruments and perform them live.
YGN will be supported by a range of industry partners over the next year with BIMM (British and Irish Modern Music Institute), Handle Recruitment, the Musicians’ Union, and Remi Harris Consulting announced at the launch and PRS for Music confirmed as an industry partner from November 2018.
YGN co-founders, Remi Harris MBE and Sam Potts, said: We’re delighted that YGN, which has been a passion for everyone who has volunteered and supported the event over the last 5 years, is now able to meet the demand for a monthly event for young professionals, and we’re looking forward to the year ahead!
Leo Nicholas, Head of Industry Liaison & Careers, BIMM London, said: BIMM are extremely happy to confirm our new partnership with the Young Guns Network (YGN), supporting their 2018/19 series of events. These expertly curated events, will not only allow our final year and graduate students the opportunity to gain invaluable knowledge, but also network and develop relationships with future industry-leaders.
David Johnston, Executive Director, Handle Recruitment, said:
We admire YGNs commitment to diversity and share the same principles on delivering support, industry insight, real work/life advice and vitally, presenting opportunity to our audiences.
Over 40 years, Handle’s success boils down to the long term relationships we nurture with our candidates, providing support as their career evolves.
YGN offer a fresh perspective on the music industry and will help us stay connected with a brilliant and diverse network of talented people. We look forward to working together.
Sam Jordan, London Regional Officer, MU London
We are delighted to partner with the Young Guns Network for their 2018/19 season. The Musicians' Union represents over 30,000 members, including 5000 young musicians. We share YGN's passion for supporting young creators and future leaders in the music industry. The musicians that we represent will benefit hugely from their upcoming events programme, and we look forward to working together.
Claire Jarvis, Director of Membership, PRS for Music, said: It’s important that PRS for Music supports Young Guns Network. The future of the music industry depends on a diverse workforce to continue to evolve the way we do things, in the same way that we see some of our younger members rewriting the rules on how to craft a song. YGN’s inspiring events pave the way for young people – whether they’re self-starting entrepreneurs or looking for their first full-time job in this business – to lead the charge.
Jen Needham, Marketing Manager, The Ministry said: We are thrilled to be able to host Young Guns Network at The Ministry. As a workspace and private members club for creative industries, we proudly support initiatives such as Young Guns Network and are excited about working together in the future.
ABOUT THE PARTNERS
Young Guns Network
The professional network produced by and for young people in the music industry. Young Guns Network was created by 18 - 30s in the music industry to connect with like-minded professionals through inspirational events and access to opportunities. Our network are entrepreneurs, executives and ambitious young people working in music with a ‘positive hustle’ mindset.
BIMM, The British and Irish Modern Music Institute, is proud to be the largest and leading provider of contemporary music education in Europe. With over 6,500 students enrolled across eight colleges in three countries.
BIMM takes students with talent and the will to work hard and prepares them for a long and sustainable career in the music industry. Our students collaborate with some of the finest aspiring musicians and music industry professionals in world, and are guided by a talented group of world-class tutors; every one of them still active in the contemporary music business.
The secret to success is no secret. If you want to make it in music, you’ve got to get connected. BIMM will connect you to a life in music.
For 40 years Handle Recruitment has partnered with the biggest brands and the best talent in the music industry: offering candidates pathways into progressive and rewarding careers and connecting our clients with exceptional people who will become their future leaders.
Consultative, creative and responsive; the way we work is underpinned by the insight that we have into our clients’ businesses and by being deeply invested in our candidates. We pride ourselves on attracting the best candidates for our clients which we believe can only be done through a commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion. This is not only an ethical obligation to reflect the society we serve today, but it also allows us to access the widest pool of talent possible. Powering brands in the creative industries for 40 years.
The Musicians’ Union represents over 30,000 musicians working in all sectors of the music business. We offer a range of services for self-employed professional and student musicians of all ages, including £2000 instrument / equipment insurance, £10million Public Liability Insurance, contract advice, careers guidance, legal help, and experts on hand whenever you need them. As a trade union, we negotiate with all the major employers in the industry and lobby Government on the big issues affecting you.
PRS for Music
PRS for Music represents the rights of songwriters, composers and music publishers in the UK and around the world. As a membership organisation it works to ensure that creators are paid whenever their musical compositions and songs are streamed, downloaded, broadcast, performed and played in public. With over 100 representation agreements in place globally, PRS for Music's network represents over two million music creators worldwide. In 2017, 6.6 trillion performances of music were reported to PRS for Music with £717m collected on behalf of its members, making it one of the world’s leading music collective management organisations.
PRS for Music is also part of the joint venture company, PPL PRS Ltd, which issues TheMusicLicence, giving businesses in the UK access to over 22.2 million musical works.
Remi Harris Consulting
Remi Harris Consulting is a creative business consultancy operated by Remi Harris MBE since 2014.
Venue: The Ministry
The Ministry is the first social workspace and private members club from Ministry of Sound Group.
It is located at 79-81 Borough Road, London SE1 1DN.