I am currently reading Howard Sounes “Intimate Life Of Paul McCartney” and there is a very interesting section on the founding of LIPA (Liverpool Institute Of Performing Arts.) According to the account it cost £18 million to launch.£3 million of this came from Paul McCartney personally who had originaly become involved because he wanted to save his old Liverpool Institute school building.It was only later that he decided to support the founding of a performing art college.
There are a number of musicians playing in Live Music Management bands who are graduates of LIPA and other performing arts colleges.In fact in the past ten or fifteen years there have been a massive increase in the people attending performance courses at University and College level.As industry professionals Live Music Management have seen a huge uplift in the level of musicianship we see amongst young musicians.Courses at the Brit School ,LIPA ,Leeds College Of Music etc have fostered a whole generation of quality musicians. At school level there are courses like Nottinghamshire 11th Session where my daughter attended until recently and I have had the pleasure of witnessing twelve year old kids playing Led Zeppelin covers note for note (enough tp strike fear into the hearts of older musos!)
The one thing that these courses cannot teach when it comes to live performance is experience and it is certainly noticeable when bands full of quality players do not get the live experience they need to be truly great wedding bands and function bands but at Live Music Management we do attempt to offer party bands shows at live venues when they can cut their teeth playing low value shows before commanding higher fees on the corporate circuit. Our audition process helps us to ensure that only the best new bands are put forward as Live Music Management party bands.