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Rising Futures 2018 highlights

This piece is written by Wired4Music member Shanaé Chisholm

After months of planning and organising, the annual Wired4Music event, Rising Futures was a success! Co-produced by Wired4Music members David, Esther and I, Rising Futures was a day long music industry event, packed with inspiring masterclasses and talks. From learning how to create your own track, to speed networking, Wired4Music members had plenty of opportunities to enhance their musical skills and develop their brand. The key aim of this day was to make available a wide variety of masterclasses and talks for our Wired4Music members, which accurately reflected the diversity of the music industry.

The day kicked off with a brilliant panel discussion, ‘How I Got my Job’. We were joined by artists, producers, and professionals alike during this panel, who gave a great insight into how attainable these careers really are. This talk was followed by a range of workshops, including sessions on writing lyrics, vocal health and event management.

Following lunch was a music video screening and Q&A session, where video directors and artists were able to engage with Wired4Music members and share their stories. Our workshops also continued, including our Vocal Health workshop and a wellbeing masterclass led by Grace from the Self-Esteem Team. The day came to a close with our Women & the Future of Music panel discussion, which was an amazing experience for both the organisers and the audience. We had a range of speakers, from all backgrounds and ages, who gave a genuine and honest insight into the music industry from a female perspective.

All in all, Rising Futures aimed to be a day that would inspire, empower and encourage Wired4Music members, to continue to pursue their passion in music, equipped with insight from industry professionals. From the reaction of the members and their active contributions and engagement, it is safe to say, that this is something that we have achieved. Yet, what made this event even more special, was the overwhelming response to our open mic call out, which definitely made Rising Futures 2018 one to remember!

With huge thanks to all the contributors and attendees for making it so special!

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