A networking group for young music industry executives - The Young Guns Network - has been launched for 18-25-year-olds, with its first event to be held tomorrow (February 28).
The new group has been created, and is run by, people aged 18-25 who are working, interning or running their own business in the music industry.
The two speakers for the first event, to be held tomorrow, are senior industry guest Karen Piper, head of Digital Marketing at Columbia Records and the ‘Young Gun’ guest is Sam Tucker, A&R, Artist Programming & Stage Manager at Diplomats of Sound.
The group will hold a monthly event, with each being hosted by a different music company, giving network members a chance to see behind the scenes at some of the industry's key firms.
The events will feature two speakers - a young speaker contrasted with a senior industry executive - both talking about one of their recent projects. Participants will have a chance to broaden their knowledge of the music industry and their career options, network, and also see inside organisations that some may not have visited.
Prospective applicants between 18 and 25 years old can register their interest at www.younggunsnetwork.co.uk and are invited to enter details of a recent or current project they are working on. The Young Guns Network team will use the applications to curate a diverse but relevant audience to ensure the best networking experience. All applicants will be able to join The Young Guns Network LinkedIn Group, and a video of the event will be available shortly afterwards.
The launch event will be held at Sony Music at 6.30pm on Thursday, February 28 2013, where the focus will be on the recorded music sector.
Paul Bursche, head of Communications, Sony Music said: “We’re really pleased to host the first Young Guns Network event here at Sony Music. We really like their take on the kind of information young music industry professionals want and how they want it, which is very different from everything else out there.
“These events will help broaden people’s knowledge of today’s industry in a very applied fashion, and help them network with similar minded people from a wide range of companies.”
Sam Potts, head of Radio Promotions, Columbia Records and co-founder of the Young Guns Network commented: “When Remi Harris and I came up with the idea for the Young Guns Network over a year ago, I couldn’t have imagined that we’d be organising our first event with such a great team of dynamic, inspiring young music industry professionals. I can’t wait to open the doors to other like-minded people.
Remi Harris, director of Start Projects and co-founder of the Young Guns Network added: "With the Young Guns Music Network, we hope to highlight the young business talent in our industry, and to inspire and encourage collaboration and entrepreneurship."