It's not long now before the likes of One Direction, Ellie Goulding, Little Mix, Faithless and Rod Steward will be appearing at the Genting Arena for the BBC Music Awards on Thursday December 10.
On the run up to the show, the BBC Music team will be heading up a week-long programme of daytime outreach events about getting into the music industry, with several live performances across the city in the evening:
How to Make Money in Music with Charlie Sloth
Whether you’re an aspiring artist, interested in working in the music industry, or just love music, this Q&A will give you more information about how you can make music your career. You’ll hear advice on getting your music heard and played on BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra.
If you’re making music, a performer or a writer, PRS for Music will also be on hand to answer your burning questions.
Friday December 4, 1-2pm. Glee Club, The Arcadian, 70 Hurst St, Birmingham, B5 4TD
Women in Music with Sara Cox
Some of the biggest pop stars in the world are women. But how big a role do women play in the industry and what more needs to be done to ensure equality in music? Hear from some the UK’s most prominent women in music, including local rapper, singer and producer Lady Leshurr, Island Records’ Annie Christensen and artist manager Margherita Visconti.
Saturday December 5, 1-2pm. Birmingham Ormiston Academy, Grosvenor St, Birmingham, B4 7QD
BBC Music Introducing presents... with Asian Network’s Yasser Ranjha
Yasser will host the first BBC Music Introducing session of the week, showcasing some of the acts that he considers to the finest talent in town, including DJ Producer Bambooclart, Bambi Bains and singer/songwriter Vaz.
Saturday December 5, 8-10pm. The Oobleck, The Custard Factory, Digbeth, Birmingham, B9 4AA
Birmingham: The Biz and the Buzz with Jack Parker and Jade Matthews
Local music industry figures discuss topics including how to get involved in the local scene, music promotion in Birmingham, how to go about crowdfunding, and making a success of local music venues.
Sunday December 6, 1-2pm. Birmingham Ormiston Academy, Grosvenor St, Birmingham, B4 7QD
BBC Music Introducing presents... with Kevin LeGendre, Georgia Mann and Lopa Kothari
Three BBC Radio 3 presenters host an evening celebrating the breadth of music on Radio 3 with new artists in classical, world and jazz, including jazz band Hansu-Tori, world music outfit Project Jam Sandwich and accordion musician Iosif Purits.
Sunday December 6, 8-9.30pm. CBSO Centre, Berkley Street, Birmingham, B1 2LF
The Art of Songwriting with Matt Everitt and Tom Robinson
This Q&A is aimed at aspiring songwriters hoping to learn the key to penning a hit single or those interested in how your favourite musicians create that magic. Join host Matt Everitt to look at the process of song writing, with Tom Robinson and local pop star Terry Hall revealing how they go about the craft.
Monday December 7, 2-3pm. Glee Club, The Arcadian, 70 Hurst St, Birmingham, B5 4TD
BBC Music Introducing presents... with Tom Robinson
BBC 6 Music’s Tom Robinson hosts a music showcase, featuring rapper Lady Sanity, folk outfit Boat to Row and five piece band Hoopla Blue.
Monday December 7, 8-10pm. Hare and Hounds, High Street, King Heath, Birmingham, B14 7JZ
A Career in Radio with Annie Mac
From an entry-level job behind the scenes to presenting 20 Years Of Radio 1 in Ibiza this summer, this audience with Annie Mac will share the memorable moments of her career at Radio 1 and her adventures DJing across the globe. She’ll be in conversation with Rhys Hughes, Head of Programmes at Radio 1 and 1Xtra, who gave Annie her first show back in 2004.
Tuesday December 8, 1-2pm. CBSO Centre, Berkley Street, Birmingham, B1 2LF
BBC Music Introducing presents... with Huw Stevens and DJ Target
Radio 1’s Huw Stephens joins forces with Radio 1Xtra DJ Target to present exciting new acts, including local rapper Vital, Disco duo Ekkah, singer songwriter Call Me Unique and rock band God Damn.
Tuesday December 8, 8-11pm. The Oobleck, The Custard Factory, Digbeth, Birmingham, B9 4AA
Industry Inspiration with Jo Whiley
Whether you’re a struggling musician or just want to work in music, this session will answer all your questions. The music industry is big and varied – what do the different elements all do and how do they work together to discover new talent and bring it to the wider world?
Wednesday December 9, 1-2pm. Glee Club, The Arcadian, 70 Hurst St, Birmingham, B5 4TD
BBC Music Introducing presents... with Jo Whiley
Radio 2’s Jo Whiley hosts a new music showcase, featuring local singer/songwriters Lawrence Taylor, Hannah Brown and Tom Aspaul.
Wednesday December 9, 8-10pm. Hare and Hounds, High Street, King Heath, Birmingham, B14 7JZ
Tickets to all BBC Music: Live in Birmingham events are free and are available here. Entrants must be over 16 and under-18s must be accompanied by an adult.
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