'How To Break Into Music Industry' event raises thousands to build school in South Africa

On Thursday 27 November, Regent’s graduating International Event Management class of 2014 produced a fascinating and down-to earth panel about how to break into the music industry.

The sold out event featured a panel of speakers including BBC Radio 1 host Heidi, Fabric London promoter Shaun Roberts, Popshop Agency founder Bobby Simms, former YouTube Music Manager and COO at Rightster Patrick Walker and Bridges For Music founder Valentino Barrioseta.

The panel took place as a fundraising initiative to raise money for the Bridges For Music School in Langa, South Africa, for underprivileged youth, and construction is due to begin in February 2015.

The panel covered an array of topics related to the music industry, including the individual accounts of the panel speakers’ journey to become the influencers they are today.

'The panel was really interesting, I loved how approachable it was, and the speakers were great. We all had a good laugh at some of their accounts of working in the music industry,' said audience member Jackie Wiese.

Alongside the event was an online fundraising campaign called #dedication2education, which attracted 113 donors, and raised over £4,700! The Regent’s class who hosted the event and raised the funds for the charity say that they look forward to seeing the result of their efforts, and the university is excited to work with Bridges For Music again in the future.

Valentino, founder of Bridges For Music, commented: 'It’s amazing to see students willing to make a difference and making the effort to fundraise for causes they believe in. They are the future, the ones that may be able to change the world, so nothing is more exciting for us than being able to engage and share our experience with them.

'Education and music are BFM core values, so this event has been the perfect example of how to combine both. We are enormously thankful for their support and are looking forward to new inspiring initiatives at such a prestigious campus.'