Project Management


My name is Shannon Killarney and I'm interested in setting up a music project at the Brunswick Mill Studios in Ancoats, Manchester. I will be working alongside the owner of the the Studios, Mike Ricard, as well as several teachers of a variety of instruments - I'm a drum teacher, and the other teachers include two percussion and samba band teachers, a bass guitar teacher, and a guitar teacher. Ideally we will also have keyboards and vocal teaching too. The plan is to set up a weekend/after school music workshop for children between the ages of 8 - 14, whereby they don't have to pay for the service. This idea was inspired by the Rising Stars North West project that is based in Stockport, for which I have worked in the past.

‘Music is the best thing I do.  My favourite memories are centred around music, as well as my closest friends met through it.  Writing and performing is an incomparable experience and I am so grateful that it is part of my life’.

‘I have always been in love with music and without it I think I would be lost’.

‘I love music - because homework ruins my life, and music lets me escape’.

These are just a few of the things that children and young people told us about music making as part of Take Note, a county-wide consultation with children and young people about music making.  769 children, young people, parents and carers took part in the consultation through focus groups, written questionnaires, an online survey, one to one interviews and case studies. 

The importance of food in projects.

Amber (21) is a volunteer and part of the Youth Music Reprezent training programme, has written from the heart about classism, austerity and how grime music's relation to poorer areas has been to some degree weaponised by journalists to belittle tragic loss.

Following the deaths of two young aspiring musicians from South East London, a minority of journalists chose to use these deaths to provide a context for articles that were arguably written to cause controversy, sell papers or bait for clicks.

Reprezent works with a lot of young people from these areas who are aspiring artists and have been a starting point for several high profile careers (Stormzy, Novelist, Lady Leshurr, Section Boys). Whilst grime music has elements of 'realness', it is questionable for a journalist to use one persons aspirations to succeed as a musician as an indicator that they were more likely to die than someone else.

Anyway, this is Ambers story...

This recent project allowed More Music to achieve our 2 key objectives for cold spot projects : Skill development opportunities for new music leaders and progression for participants.  

Commentary on Community Music often highlights a lack of methodologically sound evidence for the sectors work. To address this Noise Solution set out to quantify its impacts. 

My work, not suprizingly, given our name, is devoted to using libraries as a vehicle for quality music making and live music showcasing. If books fall off the shelves due to the volume, we can always say 'Sorry' and put them back again. Its is always rewarding. Youth Music funding means our work increases access to libraries in areas where deprivation is rife and cultural opportunity is limited.

Having developed Loud In Libraries over the last 11 years, I can confidently state that the challenges facing libraries in 2016 have no parallel. Local and central government  cuts mean staff capacity and staff morale can sometimes thin and dwindle. Although sometimes frustrating, this is perfectly understandable and given the cultural landscape, I feel our work and the work of other arts organisations championing music in libraries and other cultural settings carrys increased weight. Recent conversations with arts and cultural representatives from Wigan and Knowsley Councils has been inspiring. Meaningful foundations are being thumped into the ground and despite the economic climate, a punk indie spirit is generating positive vibes and smiles across faces. Project management sometimes means one needs a saint's patience - but finding true gems in new networks and workforces is one of life's joys, and means, generally, that things will always be alright. Appluase, then to Loud In Libraries' new networks. Long and loud may this partnership reign.







After a successful pilot launch in June, the newly-founded Sanaa Music Business Academy is set to run it’s second introductory course in Practical Music Business Administration in London this October. Sanaa Music Business Academy is a part of Sanaa Music Group; a Music Industry Education, Consultancy and Publishing Firm in London, UK. 

Based at the Museum of London Learning Centre and starting October 10th 2016, the Academy will run an extended 8-week Part-time Evening Course covering key areas including Record Labels, Music Publishing & Licensing, Management, Media, Marketing, Music Law and the Live & Touring Industry.

Guest Lecturers on the pilot programme included Fred Jerkins (Grammy Award Winning Composer for Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, and more), Jason Edwards (Former Digital Channel Manager at SYCO/Sony Music, now Marketing Executive at ITV), Lindsay Wesker (Music Editor, MTV Networks Europe), Jon Webster (President, Music Managers Forum), Keith Kirk (Asset Manager, BMG Europe) and many more. Some of which will be returning for the new Autumn term next month, as well as exciting new Lecturers.

Run by Young Industry Executive Ryan Bruce, the SMBA Flagship Course is ideal for those who have a desire to work in the Music Industry (whether as a creative or a professional) and also for those already working in the business that may want to brush up on their knowledge.

For more information, visit or email to request a Prospectus and an Application Form. Due to popular demand, Sanaa Music Business Academy have added extra spaces and the Applications now close October 3rd at 5pm. Apply TODAY!

Attendance, self-assessment and the West Yorkshire Big Disco.

These last two years of the Vocal Babies project have all been about development, sustainability and legacy. We recognise the positive impact our model has on families and the wider community and wanted to find a way to distill our experience and inspire others to use a version of our model in their own settings.  Below are the headline learning points throughout this project.

Phill Howley, professional musician, producer and specialist in music engagement in challenging circumstances, blogs about Life on Shuffle, a creative music project for young people.

As a community music based organisation we are finding it increasingly difficult to engage with schools - even when offering our workshops and projects for free! We thought it was just us but it seems this is a wider issue...