Dumfries Music ConferenceScotland’s leading music business event organisation, Born To Be Wide, will host an informative discussion at this year’s second annual Dumfries Music Conference at The Stove in Dumfries on Thursday 31 October (DMC runs from 30 Oct-2 Nov).

The session will cover crucial aspects for securing press, getting gigs and music management and is aimed at providing musicians and those considering a career in music with insight into what’s involved and tips on how to succeed.

Confirmed speakers include former Snow Patrol manager Keren McKean and one of Scotland’s most popular blogs, The Pop Cop with Jason Cranwell and Sarah McMullan. They will be joined by Chay Woodman who books The Solus Tent at The Wickerman Festival as well as being a freelance music journalist. Chris Cusack, who is the booker at Glasgow’s bar BLOC+ and Born To Be Wide’s Derick Mackinnon who also co-writes a monthly music column in The Scotsman Newspaper.

The informal discussion will be preceded by a presentation from Gary Atkinson, owner of locally based and world-renowned Blues and Jazz label, Document Records, who recently partnered with Jack White from The White Stripes.

The evening will be rounded off with the opportunity for audience members to network with invited panellists, who will play some of their favourite records (as long as they are not by Morrissey or Joy Division).

Participating speakers include:

Keren McKean (former Snow Patrol Manager),

Jason Cranwell and Sarah McMullan (The Pop Cop)

Chay Woodman (The Wickerman Festival / Music Journalist),

Derick Mackinnon (Born To Be Wide / The Scotsman),

Chris Cusack (Booker, Bar Bloc, Glasgow)

Tickets are FREE but very limited so it’s highly recommended you book in advance to avoid disappointment!

Born To Be Wide: Launched in February 2004 to provide a meeting place for those involved or interested in the Scottish music scene. A diverse range of musicians, journalists, promoters, label owners and fries of music, are invited to play their all-time favourite records unless they are by Morrissey or Joy Division.

Since April 2008 the night has hosted seminars covering subjects such as How To Get A Gig, Unveiling The Mind Of A Music Journalist, A&R, Music PR, How To Get On The Radio, Music Management, Booking Agents, a Norwegian night and a German special which included a seminar, a live show by Berlin band Jeans Team and a DJ set by the Consul General.

Born To Be Wide also hosts the Wide Days conference and showcase event which takes place in Edinburgh in April and organises panels for goNORTH.

GIGnotes: Born To Be Wide at Dumfries Music Conference / Thursday 31 October / Venue: The Stove, 100 High Street, Dumfries, DG1 2BJ (Map: http://goo.gl/maps/AZREu ITINERARY: 18.30 – Doors / 19.00-19.45 – Document Records presentation / 20.00-21.00 – Born To Be Wide seminar / 21.00-22.30 – Networking and DJ sets from speakers


DUMFRIES MUSIC CONFERENCE Dumfries Music Conference logo

Now in its second year, Dumfries Music Conference is organised by an artist-led collective based at The Stove venue in Dumfries, supported by The Stove Network and The Holywood Trust.

The four day programme is completely FREE and includes: Film, Seminars, Workshops, Live Music and a Record Fair. Taking place from Wednesday 30th October – Saturday 2 November in Dumfries.

 The full programme is below with links to events and tickets:

FILM: To kick off DMC2013 a FREE screening of LCD Soundsystem’s ‘Shut Up and Play the Hits’. Wednesday 30 October, 7pm-10pm @ Robert Burns Centre. Join Facebook event to confirm your place.


TALK / SEMINAR: Free but Ticketed Document Records talk and Born To Be Wide seminar. Thursday 31 October. Time: 6.30pm-11pm @ The Stove. Book your FREE place: http://www.DumfriesMusicConference.eventbrite.co.uk


click to go to the MusicPLUS facebook event pageMusicPLUS present song writing workshops with Robert Shields and Findlay Napier. Friday 1 November. Time: 11am-5pm @ The Stove. Message Dumfries Music Conference with your Name, Postcode, Number and which session you want to attend to confirm, Facebook event below.


DMC 2013 LIVE MUSIC: with Honeyblood | Hector Bizerk and Barstow Bats. Friday 1 November. Time: 7pm-11pm @ The Stove. Book your FREE place(s): http://www.DMC2013live.eventbrite.co.uk


RECORD FAIR the brain’s behind Sub Club’s record fair, Rebecca Vasmant brings DMC 2013 to a close boasting high quality vendors, DJs and vinyl listening stations. Saturday 2nd November. Time: 12noon-5pm @ The Stove. Join Facebook event to confirm you will be attending.


Links to Dumfries Music Conference’s online sites …..




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