The new initiative relates to the proposed second Gus Dudgeon Foundation for Recording Arts/JAMES music production experience course, which is due to take place in July 2012.
The announcement follows the success of the inaugural JAMES/GDF training week, which was sponsored by KMR Audio and took place at the Gus Dudgeon Studio Suite at the University of Glamorgan, Cardiff, earlier this year.
For the second training programme – oriented towards 3rd Year Graduating Students from JAMES Industry Accredited University Courses – JAMES/GDF is to introduce a scheme whereby sponsors may ‘adopt a student’ for the duration of the course or the long-term.
“This will give an opportunity for a sponsor to finance a student from their chosen ‘JAMES Accredited University’ course from around the UK and will allow that sponsor further educational and PR opportunities on a long-term basis, should they chosen to remain involved with their chosen student beyond the summer of 2012,” remarked JAMES chairman Phil Harding.
Coventry University graduate David Leighton was among the participants in the first JAMES/GDF course. “The week spent shadowing producer Phil Harding and engineer Dan Turner was an invaluable insight into a professional recording session,” he said. “Not only did I learn multiple techniques in terms of instrument miking and Pro Tools use, but I also learned more importantly how to conduct a professional session and the level of ‘etiquette’ associated with a studio assistants job. The course gave me a chance to discuss with those already established within the music industry how to approach the music business as a producer and recent university graduate, something which I hadn’t previously had the chance to do. Overall, the intensive week’s course is a fantastic opportunity for those serious about moving into a career revolving around the recording studio and I would highly recommend it.”
“The course is exactly the sort of experience that Gus would have approved of and our thanks go to everyone who made it possible,” said Chris Hook, secretary and founder of the Gus Dudgeon Foundation. “KMR Audio gave us sponsorship and the loan of two fabulous vocal mics, DPA microphones for the loan [of] a great range of instrument mics, and to the team at JAMES for their enthusiasm in helping make this happen. I am already planning the course for next year which we hope to make the ambition of every serious music technology student.”