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Apply to join our Emerging Artists Programme!

Posted on: September 27th, 2021 by Zoe Carassik-Lord No Comments

We’re looking for 10 Emerging Artists between the ages of 16-25 to join a FREE, year-long programme of music, personal and career development worth £1,200!

The programme has already helped six young artists progress and develop their skills and learn new attributes to help them thrive as musicians and have a wider understanding of the industry. Even during lockdown, they were able to arrange and put on a live-streamed gig at iconic Margate venue the Tom Thumb Theatre called REVIVAL, to great success.

The group have also started working on a music label called Wantsum Music? that will work alongside the programme that will help young artists in the Kent area distribute their music for the first time.

A previous participant of the programme said:

Emerging Artists has been an incredible opportunity. It’s given me a platform, boosted my confidence, got me back to performing and connected me with the music community. I’m inspired by my peers everyday. To be around likeminded people is so important.”

Connor Beerling, Emerging Artist 2020-21

Over the course of a year you will:

What we ask of you:

How to apply:

Send us a cover letter of around 500 words, or a video of you talking for around 2 minutes, to zoe@piefactorymusic.com with the following details:

Apply to join our Girls Programme!

Posted on: September 1st, 2021 by Zoe Carassik-Lord No Comments

We’re looking for up to 15 young people who identify as female or genderqueer between the ages of 13 – 18 years to join a programme of musical support and growth.

Over the course of a year you will:

Attend supportive musical drop-in sessions with a community of female or genderqueer young musicians, led by our Girls Programme Producer

Produce a live music event as part of the POW! Festival

Attend regular planning meetings in the run-up to the live music event

Attend a masterclass by a professional in the music industry

Take part in musical projects led by inspiring female creatives and professionals

What we ask of you:

COMMITMENT – if you are selected to join the programme you must turn up on time, and be dependable and reliable at events.

SUPPORTIVE – this programme is about being part of a safe, creative community where each participant is empowered to share their music and ambitions with supportive peers around them.

ADVOCACY – you are part of the Pie Factory Music family now! Shout loud and be proud about being part of the Girls Programme, and be an inspiring ambassador for our young people and our organisation.

How to apply:

Send us a cover letter of around 500 words, or a video of you talking for around 2 minutes, with the following details:

Your age

Where you live

A contact number

What kind of musician you are, and who your influences are OR what excites you about the music industry, and who your influences are

The one goal that you think being part of the Girls Programme will help you to achieve (for example, creating and publishing an original song)

An example of how you have worked collaboratively or been part of a team in the past, and what you achieved working together.

Send your applications to rachel@piefactorymusic.com. The deadline for applications is Wednesday 13 October, 12pm. The first introductory drop-in session will take place from 20 October, and will run on Wednesdays from 6.30 – 8.30pm.

Discover our 2020-21 group Sirens journey

We’re recruiting an Intern!

Posted on: September 7th, 2020 by Zoe Carassik-Lord No Comments

We are seeking a motivated and passionate intern to join our core team and assist the Programme Manager in the successful delivery of our Emerging Artists Programme.

This role is ideal for a young person between the ages of 18-25, who has been a participant at Pie Factory Music, and who is looking for their first step into a career in the arts and culture sector.

The appointed person would be expected to start mid-September 2020, finishing in mid-September 2021.

Click here to download the job description and person specification for the role >

Click here to download the application form (Word doc) >
Click here to download the application form (pdf) >

Send completed applications to zoe@piefactorymusic.com

The deadline for applications is Friday 25 September, 12pm.

Recruiting a Producer for our new Girls Programme

Posted on: August 21st, 2020 by Zoe Carassik-Lord No Comments

Pie Factory Music is seeking a creative and organised Producer to facilitate the Girls Programme strand of our Emerging Artists Programme, funded by Youth Music.

During our pilot of the Thanet Emerging Artists Programme in 2018-19, we noticed that girls were significantly underrepresented in those who applied to be Young Producers, and the events were attended by a vast majority of boys. As we know that women are drastically underrepresented in the music industry (as BBC Radio One’s DJ Annie Mac’s broadcast [March 2016] on the subject of women in the music industry points out, women make up less than 15% of writers registered at PRS and less than 15% of performers booked to play UK festivals are women), we felt we needed to provide a space for girls specifically to develop their musicianship as part of the next phase of the programme. This is why we have developed a Girls Programme that runs alongside our main Emerging Artists Programme (formerly the Young Producers programme). The Girls Programme is open to up to 15 young people who identify as female or genderqueer aged 13-18.

The appointed person would be expected to start mid-September 2020, working with one cohort of participants, and finishing in mid-September 2021.

How to apply

Click here to download the job description and person specification (pdf)

Click here to download the application form (Word document)
Click here to download the application form (pdf)

Send completed application forms to zoe@piefactorymusic.com. Please note, CVs will not be accepted.

The deadline for applications is Friday 4 September 2020, 12pm.

Film scoring workshop and competition

Posted on: August 18th, 2020 by Zoe Carassik-Lord No Comments

This workshop has now taken place, but the competition is still open!

Re-watch the workshop with Michael here, and then click the links below to download the information sheet and watch the film clips to work on your own film scores to enter into the competition!

https://www.youtube.com/embed/vK8fdB6YMw0

When you’ve completed your score, email it to info@piefactorymusic.com to be in with a chance of winning a prize! Submissions for the competition close on Thursday 10 September, and winners will be announced as part of the Ramsgate Festival of Sound.

Click here to download the information sheet to help you write your score >

Watch the film clip (with dialogue) here:

https://www.youtube.com/embed/CggWXzmTkK0

Watch the film clip (no dialogue) here:

https://youtu.be/xbjpAwURlss

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Have you ever wanted to be a film composer? 
Now’s your chance to have a go, and win some great prizes too!

Pie Factory Music and award-winning film/TV composer, Michael J McEvoy (Finding Your Feet, Jazz Ambassadors, Me and Orson Welles) are offering an online workshop for 14-19 year olds. Using a clip from the anime film ‘Vexille’, Michael will talk the participants through his creative process and answer their questions about how he became a composer.

Afterwards, there’ll be an opportunity to score a short film sequence and two weeks to work on your entry. All entries will be reviewed by Michael and the Pie Factory Music team, and winners will be announced during the Ramsgate Festival of Sound. The fantastic prizes are Amazon vouchers to the value:

How to get involved

To take part in the online workshop via Zoom, send us a Direct Message (DM) on our Instagram account @PieFactoryMusic with your name and age. We’ll then send you the link to join the Zoom workshop, which will take place on Friday 28 August, at 3pm. The workshop will last for an hour and quarter, with 15 minutes at the end for questions.

The deadline to enter your own compositions into the competition judged by Michael and the Pie Factory Music team is Thursday 10 September.

We know there’s lots of incredible talent in the local community and look forward to you joining in this special session.

Everyday Racism

Posted on: July 22nd, 2020 by Zoe Carassik-Lord No Comments

In the wake of the murder of George Floyd it feels like there is a turning of the tide with people waking up to the realities of racism BUT there is still so much work to be done.We had the honour of chatting to Natalie from @everydayracism_ about how you as young people can engage in this conversation and make a difference. Natalie used to attend Pie as a young person and it wasn’t long before she became one of our Trustees (the youngest trustee in the UK at the time), since then Natalie has worked on various projects with us and has remained a friend. She speaks honestly and powerfully about her own journey and what young people can do to start to act for positive, lasting change.

You can watch the full conversation here:

Below are all of the resources that are mentioned in the video:

Instagram Accounts:
https://www.instagram.com/everydayracism_/
https://www.instagram.com/i_weigh/
https://www.instagram.com/standuptoracismuk/
https://www.instagram.com/mikaelaloach/
https://www.instagram.com/blackmindsmatter.uk/

Mental Health
https://www.blackmindsmatteruk.com
https://www.instagram.com/asafeplaceinsideyourhead/

Great books for young people: 
THIS BOOK IS ANTI RACIST – Tiffany Jewell
STAMPED – Jason Reynalds & Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
Say her name – Zetta Elliot 

Adult books to educate – Still good to read: 
White fragility – Robin DiAngelo 
Me and my White Supremacy – Layla F Saad
Why I am no longer talking to white people about race – Reni Eddo-Lodge
Natives – Akala

Fictional books by BAME authors:
The only back girls in town – Brandy Colbert  
Black Brother – Jewell Parker Rhodes 
Slay – Brittany Morris