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Plan B Supports the Big Music Project

30/09/2014 10:54 BST | Updated 29/11/2014 10:59 GMT

Rapper, song writer, film director and now charity founder, Plan B is this month supporting the launch of The Big Music Project. The founder of Each One Teach One, Plan B is joining forces with the lottery funded Big Music Project to give more opportunities in the music business to young people across the UK.

The live events are free and an overwhelming number of young people have already registered for the events taking place in London on 4th October, Cardiff on 11th October and Belfast on 18th October. The events kicked off in Glasgow on 21 September. Plan B will be on hand at The Brewery in London to offer advice and support to young people looking to build a career in all aspects of the music industry. Artists such as Ellie Goulding, Eliza Doolittle, Chase & Status and Lawson amongst others will perform. In addition, the events will be packed with big name speakers, first class advice from industry experts, information on work opportunities in the local area, and the chance to find out how this project can make a difference in the local community.

Plan B says "The Big Music Project is all about young people, their love of music and the opportunity to do something positive to change their lives for the better. Across the whole of the UK there are people with skills and talent who don't know where to go next - and it's not easy figuring out how to take an idea you love and make it your reality, your business, and your career. I believe that through The Big Music Project and Each One Teach One we can help young people take big steps towards a big future."

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The Big Music Project Live events are the precursor to delivering a host of opportunities for 14-24 year old's across the UK in the next twelve months:

The Big Music Project Competition is a BRIT Awards-supported music competition powered by Next BRIT Thing to find and develop musical talent from across the UK. The team will be scouring Belfast, Glasgow, Gateshead, Leeds, Manchester, Liverpool, Leicester, Birmingham, Cardiff, Bristol, Portsmouth and London for the best of British talent. Young finalists will come to The O2 in London for a UK-wide national final in the week of The BRIT Awards 2015.

Running alongside, a new careers initiative "On Track" offering at least 250 work placements, ranging from short term volunteer opportunities to year-long paid internships across the country will shortly be in place, as will the creation of a BRIT School Toolkit for UK Youth Champions to help develop music initiatives in their own communities. The material has been developed from BRIT School content, fully accredited and branded accordingly. In total some 11,000 young people will benefit directly through this part of the programme.

Although The Big Music Project is funded by The National Lottery, the driving force behind it comes from a collaboration between Global (the home of Capital FM and Heart radio) and the BPI which is behind the BRITS. October sees a busy month for Global as it was last week revealed that it's own music charity, Make Some Noise, is to release a classical single on 10th October.

Tickets to The Brewery on 4th October can be purchased here:

www.thebigmusicproject.co.uk