Mentored Music Sessions for East Lothian Young People



This could be your best present this Christmas!


This Christmas and New Year Eljam, East Lothian Youth music Forum, is offering free rehearsal sessions at Lamp House Music for East Lothian bands and musicians aged 10-25.

 10 bands/artists will be selected to receive 6 x 3 hour rehearsal sessions in one of Lamp House Music’s fully equipped rehearsal studios. That’s 18 hours of free rehearsal time for you and your band! During the first hour of each rehearsal, a tailored mentoring session will be delivered – these sessions are intended to offer participating acts professional advice and guidance in instrumentation and music related activities such as PR & Marketing, Sound Production and Performance.

Tell me more…

The one-hour mentoring sessions are not aimed at telling you what to play or do, but to offer ideas about and insights into your music from professionals working in the music industry.

You select what sessions you want. Would you and your band benefit from a session with a vocal coach to work on singing technique or would an hour or two with a professional session musician session sort out those songs that well, just need something else? Do you play in a covers band and want to find out more about Music Agencies and PR and Marketing or an Indie/Rock/Metal/Whatever band looking to find out more about how to get gigging around Scotland and need some help in preparing a press pack?

The mentoring sessions will be tailored to you and your bands requirements and delivered by experienced professionals working in their respective areas of the music industry – and importantly, they are all cool folks who are more than happy to pass on their experience. Bands will select six mentoring sessions from the following areas:

  • Band Management
  • Music PR & Marketing 1
  • Music PR & Marketing 2
  • Recording & Production
  • Booking Agents & Gig Getting
  • Live Performance
  • Song-Writing & Arrangements
  • Instrumentation

After each mentoring session, bands have a further two hours to rehearse and create.  Attached, you will find a brief summary of each mentoring session and some of the mentors available – we have access to a large number of musicians and industry professionals and remember each mentoring programme will be tailored to your band, so have a good read and think about which sessions you and your band would benefit most from.

 How do I apply?

To apply for one of the ten places available all you have to do is complete the attached application form – please note that you must be based in East Lothian and aged 10-25. Try to answer all questions as fully as you can and give us as much info about the band. We also need to know your preferred sessions dates and times, as well as which mentoring sessions you want delivered – so make sure you complete both parts of the application and return completed forms by 5pm on Monday 10 December 2012 (that’s less than a week away – so act quick!) to Lamp House Music via or you can post/hand in completed forms to Lamp House Music, Station Yard, Hospital Road, Haddington, EH41 4DU.

Successful acts will be contacted by email on Friday 14 December 2012 and must agree to attend a one-hour Information Session at Lamp House Music on Tuesday 18 December – times to be confirmed – when bands will plan their mentoring sessions and find out the final session dates and times they have been allocated.