We have paired with some of the UK’s most talented and respected music professionals to unwrap the mysteries of the music industry in a select series of informative and informal Let’s Meet… Masterclasses.

In each session we will meet a different person in the music industry and talk about being a music agent, running a live music venue, working as a national concert promoter, working with press, pr & media and running a whole tour!

The sessions run weekly for 5 weeks from Thursday from 27th May from 5pm – 6.30pm, they are free, online and open to anyone between the ages of 18 – 25 who are interested in learning more about the music industry, be that as a performer or as someone keen to work in music. Hosted by Jennie Brewis (The Cornshed Sisters /Pop Choir Project) and each week features a very special guest

If you are interested in attending any (or all) of the sessions just drop us a line at info@ionic-events.com

Spaces are limited so please get in touch and book your place!


Thursday 27th May 2021

Let’s Meet… A TOUR MANAGER

CARON MALCOLM - Tour Manager

Caron is a tour manager to a huge number of artists and has been going on tour since the mid 80’s. Caron has worked as worldwide Tour Manager for major artists including The Verve, Paolo Nutini, Laura Mvula, The Libertines, Bebel Gilberto, The Charlatans, Joss Stone and Siouxsie Sioux. among many others. Caron tour managed Spiritualized for their ‘Highest Gig in the World' Series on the top of the CN Tower and World Trade Centre. In this session Caron will share her extensive knowledge of live touring, the logistics and planning involved, how to deal with promoters, problem solving, ego managing and explain who’s who and the roles they play in a big touring family.


Thursday 3rd June 2021

Let’s Meet… PRESS, PR & MEDIA

CLAIRE DUPREE - Narc Magazine

Claire is the founder and editor of NARC. magazine, a monthly alternative music and culture magazine for the North East. With over 15 years of experience under her belt in the regional publishing industry, she can help to demystify the world of press and promotion, giving tips on how to write an engaging press release, the importance of great promo photos, how to approach an effective press campaign and an insight into release strategy including social media management and radio.


Thursday 10th June 2021

Let’s Meet… A MUSIC AGENT

EMMA BANKS - Agent & Director of CAA (Creative Artists Agency)

Music industry agent Emma Banks is one of the leaders at global entertainment agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and represents artists such as Muse, Kylie, Florence + The Machine, Katy Perry & Lorde. During her career Emma has received a number of industry awards including the 2018 MITS award for her incredible contribution to the UK music industry. Honoured twice by the Women of the Year Awards in the Music Industry, Emma is a trailblazer for women in music and the hardest working agent we know.  In this masterclass Emma will talk about how she got started in the industry, share what it means to be a music agent, how to find an agent, the skills in spotting of and developing new talent and how you manage to get worldwide tours on the road.


Thursday 17th June 2021

Let’s Meet… A VENUE PROGRAMMER

TAMSIN AUSTIN - Fire Station

Tamsin was a founding team member of Sage Gateshead and as Head of the Popular and Contemporary music program was responsible for programming over 4,000 concerts bringing hugely acclaimed artists such as Nick Cave, James Brown, Rufus Wainwright, Laura Marling, Irma Thomas, KD Lang and Pet Shop Boys to the region. Tamsin’s work and vision helped to firmly place Sage Gateshead as an internationally renowned and respected venue for live music. Before Sage, Tamsin was music programmer at Glasgow’s The Arches and has very recently moved to lead the team at the brand new Fire Station Sunderland music venue due to open later this year. In this session you will learn about how Tamsin got started in the industry, her passion and love for music programming, how to book a band, deal with music agents, work alongside tour and production managers, promote shows and produce a music program for audiences to enjoy.


Thursday 24th June 2021

Let’s Meet… A CONCERT PROMOTER

CONAL DODDS - Promoter Crosstown Concerts

Conal is a national live music promoter and co-director of UK concert promoters Crosstown Concerts. Conal began working as a promoter after putting on his own self promoted gigs in and around Hereford and later Bristol during the early 1990’s going on to work for concert giants MCP and later Metropolis Music. Conal co-promoted one of the Britpop era’s defining events with 2 sell-out, 125,000-capacity Oasis shows at Knebworth in 1996. Having left Metropolis Music in 2016 to set up Crosstown Concerts he continues to promote shows across the UK with acts including Massive Attack, Lana Del Rey and Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds. This session with give you a chance to meet one of the best promoters in the business and hear how to he got started promoting gigs, how to work with agents and make offers, how to spot talent and chase shows, deal with venues and hear some great stories!