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UK Music’s MAP Talent Pipeline Tour 2020 kicks off

The MAP tour is a collaboration between educational institutions and UK Music

UK Music’s MAP Talent Pipeline Tour 2020 begins today – February 19 – during BIMM Manchester’s WRKiT North event.

MAP stands for Music Academic Partnership, which is a collaboration between educational institutions and the membership of UK Music. The tour will visit all of UK Music’s academic partners over the coming months.

Representatives from UK Music’s trade body members and a range of music professionals are set to visit students in a series of diverse events ranging from careers panels, keynote speeches and masterclasses to networking sessions, performances and specialist workshops. Industry professionals joining the tour include: Everything Everything’s Jeremy Pritchard, Bastille’s manager Estelle Wilkinson, rapper ShaoDow, artist Eckoes, producer Phil Harding, Him_Self_Her & Just Her’s Claire Spooner, Marathon Artists’ Beth Heaton, Roundhouse resident artist IORA, Muse’s former tour manager and founder of Kyoto Studios Glen Rowe and many more.

The MAP Tour 2020 strives to engage and motivate the musical talent of the future and encourage individuals from all backgrounds to aim to work in – and for – the music industry.

Today’s launch event will include a keynote speech from UK Music’s director of education and skills Oliver Morris on careers, followed by a Q&A with a careers fair and networking event. Oliver will be joined by BIY People & Talent founder Silvia Gargiulo, Music & You’s Jack Williamson and singer-songwriter Chloe Foy.

Morris said: “I’m really excited to get back out on the road discussing careers in music with students across our MAP network. University is a popular route into the industry and we see our MAP partners as key in delivering the workforce of the future. We love taking industry experts out on the MAP Tour to meet students – there are always such great conversations and enthusiastic welcomes.”

Events scheduled are:

February 19: BIMM Manchester

March 11: Southampton Solent University

March 17: University of Kent

March 18: University of Liverpool & LIPA

March 27: BRIT School

March 28: Music: Leeds Launchpad Conference with Leeds Beckett University & Leeds College of Music

April 1: Coventry University

April 21: BIMM London

May 4: UCLan (Preston)

June 6: LCCM (London)

Dates still TBC: University of Hertfordshire, Bucks New University, ACM, London South Bank University and Birmingham City University

Read more about MAP here.

Read UK Music’s Talent Pipeline report here.