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The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London


London’s #1 College for Skills

A local 17 year old music entrepreneur, Michael Lowe, has approached the College of North East London (CONEL) with an interesting proposition. He is offering to run a Peer Mentoring programme in conjunction with the College.

Michael runs his own entertainment and media company, Domain Music Limited, based from the colleges Tottenham Green Enterprise Centre. Domain Music currently has four emerging stars on its books, including Simone Dow, an R&B singer and eccentric hip-hop rapper Nutty P. Nutty P is currently working on new material for pop sensations Big Brovaz and Shola Ama.

The idea behind the mentoring programme is that Michael can share his knowledge and experience with learners to inspire and encourage them to work in the music industry. Michael has already done one mentoring session with some CONEL music and business students and regularly mentors in local secondary schools.

Sessions will cover advice on skills needed to succeed in the music industry, courses available, marketing suggestions, advice on various support organisations and tips learned from personal experience. This will be particularly beneficial to learners on Creative Studies programmes. Says Michael As I am a similar age to the learners and studying for A levels myself, I can impart advice that is on their level. I am keen to take part in this programme as I wish to share my experience and help others break into what is essentially a tough industry to crack. My company is going from strength to strength and I feel that I want to give something back, both to CONEL that supported me in setting up my company1 and to people of my own age that are soon to embark on their own careers.

As part of this programme, Michael can offer business advice support sessions. By working alongside learners on current projects, he can provide the support needed to help ensure the success of their project. He can also give follow up sessions, which will include strategic business planning and help with developing a product or service idea. Finally, Michael can offer aftercare for projects through Domain Music, either through promotion or by giving further training and advice sessions.

Domain Music is currently looking to recruit a student for work experience at the end of September, so this mentoring programme is ideal to facilitate finding a suitable candidate. After a month trial, one successful student may have the opportunity to work full time on administration, marketing and publicity at Domain Music.

Michael has won various awards including Young Entrepreneur of the Year at the National Business Awards in 2003, and recognition at the Phoenix Development Fund Awards in 2004. Michael will be appearing on the Business Advice show on Choice FM on Wednesday June 30 at 9pm.

Notes to Editors:

1. The Tottenham Green Enterprise Centre was created to develop and identify the individual potential of individuals, sustain and support new businesses and address the needs of under-represented business communities in North London. For further information, visit www.tgec.co.uk

2. The College of North East London offers a wide range of Creative Studies courses ranging from Creating Music through Technology to Sound Engineering. For more information on, please telephone the course hotline on 020 8442 3055. Or you can go to www.conel.ac.uk

3. For more information on the Peer Mentoring Programme, please call Michael Lowe at Domain Music on 020 8375 3608 / 07751 242 268

4. For more information on services offered by Domain Music, please call 020 8375 3608 or visit www.domainmusic.co.uk

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