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My passion for music started when I was a child. I was singing in Amateur Theatre productions from the age of 5 and started piano lessons soon after. I was musical and creative throughout my school years and started to play guitar in 1997 when I moved to London. In 2002 I started a band called Hustler of which I am the frontman and we are still playing gigs today. Being in a band in London offers itself to a whole new understanding of how the live music scene works from an operational point of view and logistically. Building profiles on band websites, speaking to agents and venues, working with sound engineers and other musicians has all been a valuable learning experience and a great grounding for doing my degree. The degree itself has taught me much about music composition and performance but it has also been a great insight into the music business.
In 2005 I was invited to Mousehole Primary school in Cornwall to assist with the production and direction of their school play of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I spent thee weeks with the children putting the production together covering everything from music to set design. The experience was good for me as I had never worked with children before that and I was pleasantly surprised at how well I adjusted to working in a school environment and also at how much I enjoyed watching the children learn and experiment with their own creative ideas. As part of my research for this business idea, I am currently volunteering in the Music Department at Forest Gate Community School assisting with classroom music lessons for children aged 11-16. I am supporting small groups and individual pupils in class with their current curricular work, as well as providing a range of extra curricular activities to further their musical development. These include singing practice, songwriting workshops, guitar tuition and band rehearsals.
I recently graduated with a Music Production and Performance Degree (2:1) from London Centre of Contemporary Music. My final year dissertation project was focused around designing and planning a songwriting workshop programme for delivery in schools. In my final year at university I had to project manage a business task in a group of 6. I was selected as project manager after my previous work experience. We had to create an innovative business model that was linked directly with music and write a business plan that was properly researched and presented professionally. My idea was to write an educational song writing workshop program that would be sold to schools. All aspects of writing a business plan were covered including 3 year financial forecast, marketing strategy, competitors, market research and all legal issues concerned with such a business. One of the biggest challenges in this project was working with people who had
no experience of working in professional roles so my knowledge and management skills were an asset to the team in supporting them carry out their parts of the project. Throughout the year I had to lead regular power point presentations to a panel of examiners outlining the progress we had made without using a script. The project was successful, achieving a first.

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