Newcastle College is working with Generator Union to address skills shortages across the arts sector in the North East, including taking part in the recent Music Futures Summit. 

Jack Redpath, Head of Music and Performing Arts at the College, is on Generator’s Music Industry Advisory Group, created in partnership with Sage Gateshead, Warner Music UK, #TheWRD from the Ivors Academy, Northern Stage, Crew Gal and The Rio Ferdinand Foundation. Chaired by Stevie Wonder’s long-time representative Keith Harris, the group features chart-topping musicians and producers, leading music lawyers, cutting-edge artists and regional stakeholders.

Jack joined the rest of the group on stage at the Generator Music Futures Summit earlier this month to launch the advisory group and talk about what the group is doing together to tackle these challenges.

He explained: "It was an honour to take part in this event, and to be asked to speak about the future of the arts in the North East. Above all else, it highlighted the passion that our region has for the Arts and the exciting future that is on the horizon."

Speaking about the event, Tony Harlow, CEO, Warner Music UK said: “The North East is home to so much young talent, and these young people can not only become the artists of tomorrow but the music executives who nurture and grow those artists. We are excited to come together with Generator. They understand our passion for creating opportunities within the music industry, particularly for those outside of London. Everyone who loves music deserves to know that they can build amazing careers in the music business.”

Founded in 1991, Generator’s vision is to create a sustainable music industry in the North East that ensures access without barriers. The Generator Union is the cross-sector membership network, bringing together freelancers & founders, students & start-ups and everyone in between.