In a relatively short period of time the media industry has gone through a fundamental change. While the transition from physical to digital is still ongoing, the industry has clearly moved beyond the ‘tipping point’ and everything is heading towards digital. But this transition is not just about a change of format (from physical media to digital media), it is transforming many other aspects; from models of production, distribution, consumption and ownership. New industries have arisen as older industries struggle to change their approach.
Imagine having a ringing in your head..... all the time? Chronic Tinnitus
Imagine not being able to hear music properly or conversations with friends? Music Induced Hearing Loss.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) states there's more than 1.1 billion young people at risk from hearing loss, with 40% of these exposed to damaging levels of sound from entertainment venues. Musicians and DJs are 3.5 times more likely to suffer from hearing loss and 1.5 times more likely to develop Tinnitus than the general population.
I was thrilled to be asked to be a member of the industry panel and to support the students’ development with my industry hat on, offering critiques of their work as well as guidance for future development.
Practical aspect of the qualification
The Music Academy offers this opportunity to students on their Artist Development programme, and has successfully run this event for five years. It’s a great opportunity for students to demonstrate their skills to a panel of experts while standing in the same studio as some of the most well known artists in the world.
Well, the artist Esperanza Spalding seems to have taken a step in a fascinating new direction. Esperanza Spalding is a Jazz artist who first came to the public’s attention when she beat Justin Beiber to the Grammy for the Best New Artist Award in 2011. She has won numerous awards, performed several times for President Obama, and has just been announced as a new Professor at Harvard, working with students on Composition and Performance.
Mental health awareness in the Music Industry is a hotly debated subject at the moment. High profile suicides and celebrities coming forward to openly discuss their mental health concerns, has led to a huge awareness of the depth of the problem.