Interactive Digital Media & Design

Alongside partners Digital Union and Digital City Business, Generator’s business support programme has grown to meet the needs of the wider commercial creative digital industries. If you’re a new or established digital business, get in touch to find out how we can help.

  • FFWD Production Course 1of 6

    3 Feb

  • Digital Union: SF Trade Mission

    2 Mar

FFWD Production Course 1of 6

03-02-2015
17:00

 

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FREE COURSES & MASTERCLASSES FOR ASPIRING PRODUCERS 

Start date: First Course Begins 3rd Feb 2015
Session Times: Tuesdays and Thursdays 5pm-9pm
Location : Our custom space inside Gateshead Old Town Hall
Cost: FREE
Who’s it for: Young People (16-24)
How to apply to take part: Please fill in the short form at the bottom of this page

FFWD is looking for dedicated young people (16-24) with an existing interest in produced electronic music and a passion to learn. A basic experience of music production software would be beneficial but not absolutely essential. All stylistic preferences will be considered from HipHop , Electronica and Drum n Bass, to House , Techno and Dubstep, and the skills you develop can be applied to your preferred style while working alongside Pop, Urban and Electronic music experts.

“This is a brilliant opportunity for anyone wanting to develop their interest in producing music on a professional level.”
-Smoove (Smoove & Turrell)

Led by Mark Lowry (Shindig) and Smoove (Smoove and Turrell), FFWD will provide entry points to aspiring electronic music producers and vocalists who will get the opportunity to build, mix and record new tracks, set-up new collaborations, receive mentorship, secure performance opportunities and identify industry pathways.

You will get the opportunity receive support and advice on:

  • Equipment
  • Effects
  • Sampling
  • Groove
  • Working with Room Acoustics
  • Synthesis
  • Arrangment
  • Music Theory
  • Preparing Tracks to be Release Ready

Production courses lasting last 6 weeks, will run throughout 2015 and while there will be no cost to participate, spaces will be extremely limited. Also, as part of Generator ‘s search for individuals who show commitment, ability and potential, there will be an extension to these 6-week courses where exceptional participants will be selected to receive shorter, more intense support. This will include one-on-one tuition alongside full campaign and release support.

FFWD will be linked intrinsically to the industry with high profile producers and songwriters delivering 12 masterclasses throughout the year where they will offer insights into their own work, and creative processes but most importantly, offer information on their individual routes into the industry.  Producer and Course leader Mark Lowry (Shindig) agrees, adding:

“If you’re serious about your music and production then this course is a must”

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Digital Union: SF Trade Mission

02-03-2015
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Digital Union the North East’s digital network, have organised a trade mission to San Francisco, for eligible SME’s in the Games and associated digital industries.

Taking place from 2-6 March 2015, the trade mission will assist companies that would like to explore market opportunities in San Francisco, and have secured grant funding of up to £1,000 for each eligible SME, to support their travel and accommodation costs.

Primarily, the trade mission is being centred around GDC Conference, which takes place annually in San Francisco and provides an excellent platform for those companies operating in the fields of gaming consoles, online gaming, mobile, handheld devices, smartphones, tablet devices, VR and AR. However, for those SME’s not interested in attending GDC, please do still get in touch to discuss your visit priorities and aims.

As part of the trade mission, Digital Union will ensure that companies participating receive a full pre-visit briefing (including relevant market sector information), along with an opportunity to meet with the other companies attending.

During the market visit, Digital Union will provide a number of other added value activities (including a networking event) to support the companies in attendance.

About GDC 2015

GDC attracts over 24,000 attendees, and is the primary forum where programmers, artists, producers, game designers, audio professionals and business decision-makers gather to exchange ideas and shape the future of the industry.

This market defining conference features over 400 lectures, panels, tutorials and round-table discussions on a comprehensive selection of game development topics taught by leading industry experts.

In addition, the GDC expo showcases all of the most relevant game development tools, platforms and services helping to drive the industry forward. The conference also features the seventeenth annual Independent Games Festival, the longest-running and largest festival relating to independent games worldwide, where original games compete for the attention of the publishing community, and the fifteenth annual Game Developers Choice Awards, the premier accolades for peer-recognition in the digital games industry.

Grant Funding

The £1,000 grant funding is available for eligible SME’s who have not previously received funding through UKTI or participated in the Passport to Export & Gateway to Global programmes. The grant covers travel and accommodation costs (not expo or marketing), and is paid upon completion of the market visit and submission of receipts.

How to Apply

If you are interested in attending, please contact Marissa Brindley for further information and to check grant funding eligibility.

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Interim Director Scheme

Our interim director scheme is FREE of charge, and places first class, experienced directors into small to medium growing digital businesses for a period of time. Whether you are an SME that can’t yet afford to employ a finance director, but need help to locate and implement financial systems or efficiency drives, or are growing into a new sector and need specialised direction, our innovative ID Scheme will prove a great intervention for your business.

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As Agile Project Management is becoming more and more relevant for growing digital businesses, we have a rolling programme of FREE Masterclasses, delivered by leading experts ProAgile and aimed at helping businesses adopt a professional Agile consciousness. For more information, please get in touch.

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Networking and Masterclasses

We have teamed up with leading North East digital network, Digital Union, to provide a series of exciting and useful business networking events and Masterclasses. From the Summer Net Together, to the highly successful UX Day with head of BBC UX, Paul Sissons, we are proud to be bringing first class support to the region. If you have any suggestions for future one off events or masterclasses, please get in touch.

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Business Coaching

As part of our business coaching programme we’ve recruited experts in the fields of film, digital media and music who have all faced the challenges of setting up new businesses within a competitive sector. Their experiences will inform and help you to overcome obstacles and launch your business successfully. Our business coaching programme is bespoke for each beneficiary, providing the support you require, when you need it.

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