Working as a Head of Music, or a Music Scheduler within Student Radio is no easy task. It’s much like a real paying job where you will have a variety of different roles and responsibilities to do. Whats worse is there’s never before been much handover or training for new Music Teams. With that being said, we have a really special event to announce.

Next Friday, 16th December, at BBC Broadcasting House in London, we will be offering FREE specific music training for the first time. We have a massive line-up to announce for you now. The first session will begin at 11am, with the day finishing at 6pm.
If you are working in a Music role within student radio, and would like to come then please email music@studentradio.org.uk before Monday 12th December to book your place.

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Kicking off the day, our Music Officer Scott Hastie will be in discussion with several of Student Radio’s key radio pluggers. The session will cover exactly what it is that a plugger does, how student radio can best operate with pluggers and how the music industry works in general. On the panel will be contacts from different areas of plugging. We have Will Puxley who looks after Regional and Student promotions at Island Records who deliver such artists as Drake and The Weeknd to Student Radio.

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We also have specialist Rock plugger Steph Van Spronsen on hand from The Noise Cartel who delivers the likes of Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes and A Day To Remember. And we have Kieran Wilkinson from student specialist pluggers Renegade Media who deliver Student Radio lots of great records from a variety of different major and independent labels.

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The day will then delve into key theory for programmers and schedulers. Working at Virgin Radio internationally for 13 years and most recently as Head of Music for Virgin Radio UK, Richard Wilkinson will be bringing his experience and knowledge to our students to talk about playlisting. We’ll be discussing what the Pros and Cons of having a playlist in student radio are.

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We’ll also be looking at Scheduling and how to use Clocks to get the most out of your station’s sound. Talking through this will be Charlie Powell of Kiss Fresh and Rachael Devine of Magic Chilled.

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In the afternoon we’ll be discussing Local Music. Student Radio is an incredible platform to help promote and further the careers of new artists in your area. It would be really cool if all of our stations had their own local music policies and as such we have some incredible insight on hand to talk about how to set-up your own local music show for your station.

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Presenting the session will be BBC Introducing Kent producer and sometimes presenter Harrison Stock who himself has come from Student Radio. He will be joined on the panel by two ex-BBC Introducing legends.

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Now working at Two Up promotions helping further the careers of the next big stars, Ally McCrae will be bringing his incredible experience of working with artists and helping to promote them. We also have Elise Cobain who has been instrumental in finding a lot of great new artists from across the world. She is now working as Playlist Programmer and Curation Manager with Sony’s Filtr.

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And finally we will be delving into the magical world of New & Specialist Music with ‘Fantastic Beats & Where To Find Them’.

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We’ll be talking about how to find the best new and specialist music for your radio stations with the help of BBC Introducing Kent presenter, sometimes Radio 1 cover presenter and student radio favourite Abbie McCarthy.

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Joining Abbie for the session will be Record Of The Day & PRS’ Ruth Kilpatrick who has a career of finding and promoting brand new music with her work at ROTD & PRS but also at AmazingRadio in the past. Also on the panel we have something super exciting. Hermeet Chadha produces for Radio 1Xtra but in the past has worked with Steve Lamacq and ACTUAL JOHN PEEL. We can’t think of a better person to talk about new & specialist music than somebody who worked on THE JOHN PEEL SHOW!

And we’ve still got a few names to announce…

We’ve still got a few names to announce but for anybody in student radio who is keen to pursue a career in the music side of Radio, you should really try to get to this day!

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