The University’s Media and Computing departments are giving
students the chance to be part of a leading international music festival.
 
A presentation for those interested in being involved in
the UK Student Music Awards (UKSMA) 2013 takes place on campus on Wednesday
13th February. Attendees will find out more about the awards and its theme,
‘Re-inventing the Wheel’.

The opportunity has arisen through the University’s
partnership with Liverpool Sound City (LSC) and the awards are part of LSC’s
annual international conference and music festival, which takes place on 2nd –
4th May in Liverpool.
 
The Media and Computing departments would like to invite
ambitious and enthusiastic students from any faculty or department who have a
passion for music and a keen interest in forging a career in the industry. 
 
Those who enter the competition will be required to work
in groups and will be set one of four project briefs, which they will need to
research in order to develop a solution to the issue.

Briefs cover issues such as music on the high-street and
the future of rock stars in light of shows such as X-Factor.

All students who take part will have help from tutors
including The Farm’s Carl Hunter, who was part of the Justice Collective who
scooped 2012’s Christmas No. 1 for their Hillsborough campaign single He Ain’t Heavy; filmmaker Clare Heney;
app developer Dr Ella Pereira; music expert Gary Westhead, and the support of
Liverpool Sound City to develop their projects.

They will also receive free access to gigs and talks in the
conference programme, giving them the unique opportunity to meet and forge
contacts with music industry professionals.

Carol Poole, Ambassador to Media City at Edge Hill,
believes this is a fantastic opportunity. She said: “I believe that any student
who wants to work in the music industry one day should come along to the
presentation. Successful entrants will have the opportunity to meet the cream of
the music industry and be part of the festival, which will be a brilliant
experience.”

The Liverpool Sound City festival is the largest
international music, digital and film festival and conference in the UK and over
the three days will welcome over 360 artists, 40,000 music fans and 300
industry professionals.

The presentation starts at 1:00pm until 2:00pm and takes
place in B101 in the Business School. For more information, email Chadford@edgehill.ac.uk.