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Futureheads’ Barry Hyde launches new music degree course out of his Sunderland venue and studio

By | Published on Wednesday 9 December 2020

Barry Hyde of The Futureheads has teamed up with fellow musician Dan Donnelly to launch the Northern Academy Of Music Education, which will provide degree level music courses in partnership with the University Of Sunderland. Producer Paul Epworth has also been announced as a patron of the new music education initiative.

Formally launching his new degree programme, Hyde said: “This is a programme designed for the 21st century music business. It’s no longer enough to be just a musician; you have to be a business-person, an entrepreneur, an A&R specialist, a social media expert. And although you will learn all of these things, we haven’t forgotten the most important factor of all – making great music”.

Part of the degree course will be run out of The Peacock, the Sunderland venue Hyde and Donnelly took over last year. As well as a bar, restaurant and 220 capacity venue, that complex includes a rehearsal and recording space called Birdland Studios. That’s where some of the degree course – and other music workshops for the local community – will be run.

Confirming his support for the scheme, Epworth added: “I’m flattered and honoured to be involved in such an important project to provide educational access to students from a broad range of backgrounds and abilities. With the experience that Barry and Dan have gained over their years in the music industry, there can be no better set up to offer educational opportunities to the community”.

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