Mentoring programme

We are unveiled a mentoring programme aimed at young people who are interested in pursuing a career in the music industry. These will be presented as three professional development courses, which will be led by experts from the local area.

The one-to-one mentoring programmes will cover: Audio Engineering, Live Sound, Studio Recording; Music Journalism, Marketing and Promotion; and Music Curation, Management and Production.

The programme which can be arranged to suit the mentors and students, will run during August and September. Each one will amount to at least 24-hours of mentoring – typically split across four six-hour sessions.

The audio course will be led by Dave Miller. Dave is a freelance audio engineer, with 10 years of professional experience and three years of academic study behind him. He has experience in a range of musical genres and event types – for audiences as large as 12,000 people – and has worked extensively mixing front of house for concert material and has toured national and internationally with a range of artists.

Melissa Gunn will take the music journalism course. Melissa is a lecturer in business and enterprise at the University of the West of Scotland and current chair of the Board for The Stove Network. She is also the founder and development manager of Small Town Sounds – a website that promotes the Dumfries & Galloway music scene.

The Music Curation, Management and Production course will be taken by Martin O’Neill. Martin is an artist, musician and graduate of Theatre Directing from Queen Margaret University. He has worked as an actor, director, writer and artistic collaborator with the National Theatre of Scotland, and is the founder of Brave New Words – a monthly spoken word and music event held The Stove, Dumfries.

As these are one-to-one mentoring courses, places are extremely limited. If you are interested in taking one of the courses please contact Colin Tennant at dumfriesmusicconference@gmail.com by Wednesday 19 July 2017.





Dumfries Music Conference is a platform on which people can share their knowledge, ideas, experience and thoughts about music. We;

  • Deliver key musical insight and knowledge to local people, with a view to helping them advance their own career objectives and job opportunities
  • Advocate for Dumfries and Galloway’s vibrant contemporary music scene by providing showcases that engage local music industry people and attract others from outside the area
  • Inspire and educate a wide range of audiences, to understand, celebrate, participate in and be supportive of contemporary music


Throughout the year we will be showcasing some of the best local bands and musicians alongside other acts from outside the region.


Throughout the year we will be delivering workshops & seminars across all areas of the music industry.