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Universal Music signs up to support Help Musicians mentoring programme

By | Published on Tuesday 12 April 2022

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Universal Music has formally confirmed its support of a musicians mentoring programme being run by music charity Help Musicians. That programme – called Co-Pilot: The Musicians’ Mentoring Network – was trialled with the Ivors Academy in 2020 and is now being expanded.

As a supporter of the programme, Universal will make its staff available to mentor and support music-makers, helping those music-makers develop their skills, networks and profiles over a six month period. Help Musicians explains that “every pairing in the network is carefully matched, factoring in the musician’s specific objectives and their mentor’s area of expertise”.

Commenting on the programme, Help Musicians CEO James Ainscough says: “Mentoring has been proven to be an incredibly powerful tool in many industries but is rarely available to freelance musicians. Their career paths are as unique as their creative output, so one-to-one mentoring can be invaluable”.

On Universal’s support, he adds: “The expertise offered by Universal Music Group staff will greatly empower musicians in the Co-Pilot network to navigate towards their goals with added confidence. We’re so pleased to be partnered with both Universal Music Group and The Ivors Academy for this impactful collaboration of ambition, skills and guidance”.

Meanwhile Janie Orr, who heads up Universal’s own music education charity the Sound Foundation, adds: “Mentorship can be a powerful part of any musician’s career, from those just starting out to the more established. That’s why we’re delighted to team up with Help Musicians on this Co-Pilot initiative. There’s a real buzz at Universal Music about the programme which has already seen colleagues partnered with musicians from across the UK – with more matches still to come”.