Community Music: Changing Lives Through Music


Written by Don't Panic
06 Friday 06th June 2014

For over 30 years CM (Community Music), the UK’s longest running community music organisation, has been helping young producers and musicians build the necessary skills needed to establish a career in the music and creative industries where they would otherwise lack the resources and guidance to do so. Supported by the Arts Council, CM helps young musicians working across all genres, through showcasing, networking, mentoring and training opportunities. CM provides free rehearsal space, studio access, events and drawing in key figures in the industry to advise young people.

The Creative Music Production and Business Foundation Degree is a two-year, full-time course that firstly explores the different areas of music production and the music industry, and then goes on to focus on business development, personal development and career planning.

Fees are about 50 per cent cheaper than other universities providing the same course and over 80% of students go on to a career in the music industry or further education. CM tries to keep fees low to get people from all backgrounds to apply. Other qualifications aren't essential, and CM is on the lookout for motivation, attitude and people with ambition for the future.

CM graduate Tom Barnes is one third of TMS, the smart folks who recently produced The Sport Relief 2014 track “NAME” for Little Mix and have had UK number 1’s and many more tracks in the UK and US top 10. 

Tom Barnes said, ”I studied production at CM and know the quality of their training firsthand. The course is a great way for knowledge to be passed forward to young producers”

All of CM tutors are professionals in the music industry.
 Sam Johnson who tutors on The Creative Music Production and Business Foundation Degree is signed to Radio 1’s Rob Da Bank’s record label Sunday Best.
 Sam says, “ We continually look to teach real world lessons that are based on real world recording situations – The assignments that we set are likewise based on real world briefs and projects. The idea being that a student who completes the course is as well prepared as possible to take advantage of the different challenges a modern day producer has to face”.

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