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My work experience week with Team Big Music

13 April 2015

Big Music Project champion Dean Joseph recently spent a week with Team Big Music at Global HQ in London’s Leicester Square. Here’s what he got up to…

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My Big Music Project Hub at Windsor and Maidenhead has been involved with The Big Music Project from the very beginning. We’ve created some great projects for local young people, including open mic shows to let them showcase their talent. Our champions also came up with an idea of young people working with war veterans to learn about their experiences and then turn them into songs. This led to another project that saw champions helping young people, who are in care or experiencing personal issues, to express themselves through music and learn songwriting, producing, recording, and mixing.

All these opportunities have given young people in my area some amazing experiences, including myself – from winning an award at the Positive For Youth Awards to representing Global Radio to gain further funding for The Big Music Project. It was this that lead me to do work experience at Global Radio.

My time at Global

I got to sit in on Capital XTRA’s Toni Phillips’ daytime show and watch her in her element. I showed her my YouTube page and played her my latest song ‘Showtime’. She ended up giving me a shout out on-air saying she ‘had the next Big Sean in the studio’, which was amazing.

During my time at Global I got a great insight to the music industry, seeing what the individual projects and teams do. I wrote interview questions for Rizzle Kicks for The Big Music Project Final, scheduled tweets for Big Music’s Twitter account, provided vests for London Marathon participants as part of Global’s Make Some Noise charity, helped Capital XTRA research features about Dr Dre and Amber Rose, and even managed the VIP guest list for The Big Music Project Competition Final.

On my last day I met with Mark Findlay, the Group Head of Live Music for Global (who basically picks all the music Capital FM, Heart and loads more radio stations play).

We talked about how brilliant The Big Music Project Final was and how there was such an amazing variety of young people in the competition. I showed him some of my music and he gave me great feedback, telling me to go out and start gigging. Mark also told me he would try and organise meetings with Ministry of Sound and other record companies so they could give me feedback on my music.

All in all, my week of work experience with The Big Music Project team was amazing and insightful. They really are doing something fantastic for young people who love music.

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