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 Aside from our annual conference which takes places every October, we run and host workshops, industry sessions, live gigs and more informal get-togethers with like minded folk to collaborate and help contribute to the local music scene throughout the year.


We’ve worked with a broad range of people in the industry from orchestras to video artists to DJs and designers, to peer into some of the less travelled routes within the business. And we’re always open to new ideas, whether you’d like to run a workshop, host a gig or even just recommend a good band – we’re all ears!


Past Events


mentorship opportunities

Interested in live sound and audio recording? How about creating an immersive event from the ground up? Want to learn how to get the best photos of a live gig? 

This year DMC is on the look out for young people who would like to learn the ins and outs of the music industry, from the ground up.

We're offering four opportunities for young people aged between 16-30 to gain practical and lasting experience in different aspects of the industry.

This is an unmissable and valuable opportunity which will set you on the path to a future career in the music industry.

Check them out!

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AUdio engineering, live sound and studio recording

Two positions available!

Working alongside Dave Miller of Circa 16 Sound Recording in Dumfries. You'll learn the ins and outs of preparing live sound, audio engineering and studio recording. A valuable opportunity for a young person interested in live sound or for those interested in pursuing a career in sound engineering.

Dave Miller is a freelance audio engineer based in Dumfries. He has 10 years of professional experience, supported by three years of academic study, and has experience in a range of musical genres and event types – for audiences of between 12 and 12,000 people.

Dave has worked extensively mixing front of house for concert material and has toured national and internationally with a range of artists. Dave also performs recording and mixing duties both in the studio and on-location across Dumfries and Galloway. He also works as a consultant and tutor for a number of youth services, including Music Plus.

To apply and for more information click the button below to download the info document. 


live music photography and social media 

An opportunity to learn from music photographer and social media guru Kirstin McEwan. Kirstin will guide you through the practicalities of capturing live music and events as well as how to generate content for your social media platforms. A rare and exciting opportunity to combine and hone your skills in two separate but increasingly combined fields of expertise. A must for anyone looking to break into marketing, photography and the music industry. 

Kirstin McEwan is a freelance photographer and marketing manager based in Dumfries & Galloway. Since 2016, Kirstin has been working for the Stove Network on marketing and social media as well as documentation of events and workshops.

Kirstin is the resident photographer and digital marketing manager of the Dumfries Music Conference, responsible for all social media, printed marketing and copy for DMC. Her recent photography credits include the BBC, Wigtown Book Festival, Herald Scotland and Help Musicians UK. Kirstin is also founder and workshop facilitator for the NW Photography Club in Lincluden.

To apply and for more information click the button below to download the info document. 


music curation, event management and production

An opportunity to work alongside DMC Operations and Production Manager Martin O'Neill in creating an event for the annual Dumfries Music Conference 2018. You will learn the ins and outs of setting up an event from the ground up, how to promote, design and generate a buzz, manage a team and produce a show stopper to be included in our 2018 programme. Running on the success of last year's mentorship which resulted in our sell out Friday night gig Johnny's Got An Empty, you will not only explore how to build and run an event but how to create a lasting and dynamic experience for your audience. 

Martin is the operations and production manager of the Dumfries Music Conference, responsible for the delivery of all DMC activity.

A freelance artist and curatorial member of the Stove Network, Martin is the founder and director of Brave New Words, arts collective Dead Happy and Lowland. He is currently resident artist in DGRI and the Family Centre.

Martin has worked as a creative producer and director for national and international companies including the National Theatre of Scotland, Traverse Theatre and Electric Fields.

He is a producer and artist with 10 years experience in the creative industries.

To apply and for more information click the button below to download the info document.