Additions to line-up for Off The Record

Stowed Out Festival organiser, Chris Wemyss, and leading music photographer Jannica Honey have been added to the speakers at Off The Record in Galashiels on Saturday, December 5.

The pair will complete the line up for the youth music business day taking place at Mac Arts. Other speakers include BBC producer Amy Ferguson, leading promoter Grainne Braithwaite and Soma Records production manager, Claire Donna [for full list see below].

Wemyss, who also promotes shows throughout the year, will take part in the Organising and Getting Gigs panel and will discuss how he provides a platform for young musicians. Honey will talk about how photographs help acts gain more coverage and will give advice on how to get the best pictures.

In addition, Off The Record co-organiser Michael Lambrert will also give a short presentation about collection societies PRS-MCPS Alliance and PPL, which can provide a significant source of income for emerging musicians.

“The addition of Chris and Jannica, as well as Michael’s presentation about collection societies, are the icing on the cake of what promises to be a great event,” says Off The Record co-organiser, Olaf Furniss.

The youth event, open to anyone aged 14-25, will provide advice sessions focusing on key aspects of the industry, including releasing music, getting/organising gigs, promotion and working in the business.

The Galashiels event is a partnership between Born To Be Wide, Scottish Borders Council, Youth Borders and Creative Arts Business Network.

Off The Record Galashiels | Saturday, December 5 | MacArts

10:30 – 17:00hrs | Admission £2 (includes lunch)


Venue: MacArts, Bridge Street, Galashiels, TD1 1SP

Organising & Getting Gigs

Find out what promoters look for, how to organise your own gig and how to avoid losing lots of money.

Ben Proudlock (The Mash House), Chris Wemyss (Sound Out), Grainne Braithwaite (Synergy Concerts), Michael Lambert (A Modern Way Management/Born To Be Wide)

Promoting Your Music

How to get noticed by radio, press and future fans.

Amy Ferguson (Producer, BBC Radio Scotland), Nick Roberts (Electric Fields Festival), Olaf Furniss (Scotland on Sunday/Born To Be Wide)

Releasing Music

Learn how a record label works, and how to release and sell your music.

Claire Donna (Soma Records), Michael Lambert (A Modern Way Management), Toni Malyn (EmuBands)

Working in Music

A look at the diverse job opportunities in music and how to get your foot in the door.

Justine Ward (GR Management), Nora Winstanley (Henry’s Cellar Bar), Olaf Furniss (The Scotsman/Born To Be Wide), Sarah Quinn Waddell (Academy of Music & Sound).