Next weekend (20-21 June & 27-28 June) we’re hosting our latest Women In Music short course. This time, we’re online!
Women in Music: Empowerment and Employability is designed for anyone identifying as female who wants to enhance their knowledge, network and toolkit with the aim of being employed in the music industries in any capacity. The 4 day course (spread across two subsequent weekends) will be hosted by industry experts and AMS friends Melisa Kelly and Karlyn King, and is available for anyone living in Scotland over 14 years of age.
On the first day we’ll be covering why the course is necessary and start to reflect on what valuable skills and experience we already have and want to gain, with modern industry context. The second day will focused on creative CV and mock interview skills, while day 3 deals with situations and intro’s to music management. The final day will feature a masterclass with Melisa Kelly (who is a professional singer and songwriter and also teaching day 2).
Melisa Kelly has been working in the music industry for over ten years and in that time she has been a performer, a writer, and a tutor. Her band ‘Melisa Kelly and the Smokin Crows’, have played up and down the country including festivals Eden, and Kelburn Garden Party. Their album ‘Devil’s Luck’ which was solely written by Melisa, featured players from Jools Holland’s R’n’B orchestra and was mastered at Abbey Road studios by Geoff Pesche. She graduated from the Academy of Music and Sound with a BA Hons in Performance Industries (First Class) and went on to tutor for AMS in Vocals, Songwriting, and Employability. Melisa is currently writing her next album and is in the final semester of her Masters from UWS in Songwriting and Music Composition.
Karlyn King is a Popular Music academic, lecturer and researcher who teaches all over the UK. She leads on modules such as Artist Development and PR, Sound and Culture and Popular Music Debates with a special interest in rock n roll history, here at AMS and at colleges across the UK. She is currently working on a PhD at University of Birmingham exploring the enduring format of vinyl.
She is a regular panel speaker and conference presenter on all things vinyl, including a recent event with UK band IDLES. In her spare time, she has toured as a singer/songwriter/guitarist and works for a subsidiary of Warner Music Group.