Getting Started: Justine Ward (GR Management)

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Ahead of Off The Record in Galashiels on Saturday 5 December, we spoke to Justine Ward from GR Management about life in the music business...

Q: How did you get your start in music?

A: Music was the only subject I was confident in holding a conversation on; it was something I had a lot of knowledge on and also something I was passionate about. It was really the only option I had for further education when I left school. So I found the Music Business course at James Watt College, met a few great lecturers and made enough of an impression for them to recommend me to GR. That was 6 years ago and I'm still here! 

Q: What is best thing about your work?

A: The diversity; never knowing what you could be going in to that day. Hearing the finished record when you know how much time and work a band have put in to it's birth and seeing it come alive on stage. And the festival passes when our artists are playing, that's always a good one! 

Q: Give us one tip for anyone looking to work in music

A: It's a small world and you will bump into the same people over and over again - Be Nice!

Off The Record takes place at MacArts, Galashiels on Saturday 5th December for 14-25 year olds. Tickets are £2, and include free lunch and a release with EmuBands worth £25! Find out more & book tickets here.

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