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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!


Our 2019 mentorships are now open! Ranging from Sound Engineering, Event Management to Content Creation these mentorships are the launch pad to starting your career in the music industry.

To apply for any of the internships simply send a Cover Letter and C.V explaining your interest in your desired mentorship to dumfriesmusicconference@gmail.com by 5PM Monday 1st of July.



Being a sound engineer is akin to being a painter, the colours are there, the idea is strong but it takes a great craftsman to make it work. It could be a Mona Lisa, Van Gogh or a watercolour disaster.

In this mentorship you will learn how to craft the perfect sound, whoever the artist might be. You will learn the tools of the trade from software, hardware to speaker units and subs that make your belly shake.

Dave Miller is a sound engineer, teacher and master of all things technical. Owner and director of the Circa 16 Sound Recording Studio in Dumfries. Dave has worked with some of the biggest and best bands in the country, with a proven track record as one of the finest sound engineers in the country.



What if theatre was music? What if film was live?

In this mentorship you will curate, manage, design and produce the Friday evening event of the conference. From concept, graphic design to effective budgeting, technical and team management. Previous incarnations have been Johnny’s Got An Empty, a mock ‘living room gig’ staged in the Stove’s Room 2 Studio and ROUGH/CUT a unique collaboration between local bands and musicians, creating a unique gig experience treading the lines between live music, theatre, film and installation.

Martin Joseph O’Neill is an artist, producer, director and programmer. He is the current Operations and Production manager for the Dumfries Music Conference as well as the Head of Programming for the Stove Network with over ten years of experience in the creative industries.



Being a musician and/or a songwriter these days isn’t just about being the greatest guitarist, wearing the coolest clothes or even having the best voice. Even Lewis Capaldi took a while to be everybody’s favourite funny guy. So how do you build a brand that truly reflects who you are – your music, your style, your energy, your talent and your personality?

In this mentorship Kirstin McEwan will take you through how to successfully build your brand through a crash course in promotional social media, marketing, photography AND COPYWRITING to make sure you stand out from the crowd. An absolute MUST for any young performer, artist, musician, aspiring business person or band wanting to break into the industry.

DMC’s Digital Media Manager and project lead for the annual Female Takeover. Kirstin is a content creator, marketer and journalistic photographer with several years experience. A self-proclaimed ‘Instagram Story Queen’, Kirstin continues to work for several projects and organisations dedicated to capturing and contributing to the remarkable creative energy and possibility of the SW of Scotland.


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