Artists, entrepreneurs and forward-thinking music businesses share experiences, advice and ideas about what needs to change and how to do it.
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"Assistants, temps and interns should be recognised for their hard work: they deserve bonuses and perks just as much as anyone else."
"It's been a struggle to get people to take us seriously because of our age. When people think about studio engineers they generally think of older gentlemen, and you can almost see the apprehension in people’s eyes."
"Young people are fed-up with the world we’ve been brought into, we no longer stand for the same things generations before us have - in fact we’re actively changing them."
"Don’t allow people to put you down based on your disability – talk to people within the industry and prove yourself."
"I struggled to get a clear understanding of the breadth and variety of job roles within music - specifically at a radio station - and it took me YEARS to understand exactly what some jobs entail."
"Don’t be afraid to just do it. It’s better to fail than not try. I’ll always learn and get better."
"You're expected to hit the ground running with very little experience, and because of the fast-paced nature of the industry it can be difficult to ask questions."
"Don't simulate opportunities. Reach out and get others involved, who have real networks and varied industry experiences and at differing levels."
"Our creative community in Nottingham was the most supportive force in our journey."
"If you want real change, you need people with a fresh mindset, who aren’t yet ingrained in an industry or ways of doing things."
"I've had to be super creative with piecing my works together without having a large fund behind me to propel everything."
"Being a DIY artist is the most exciting and frustrating thing, as you have the creative control, but not the budget to get momentum."
"There is no space for the old 'it was better in my day' attitude."
"There is a lack of information available in schools and the HE education system about how massive the UK music industry is, and the diversity of job roles within it."
"When we have sustained funding over time, the impact we can have is immense: both for the individuals and the industry."
"Our role supporting learning disabled artists is not always understood by music industry or media."
"We want to change the idea that you need to move to London to survive and thrive."
"The programme isn't just about the young people learning from us. We expect to learn a lot from them, and their experiences of engaging with the music industry."
"Don't make any assumptions. Shape your programme around young people's needs and do it by listening to them and responding to their ideas."