Music collector and promoter Mark Elliott is set to make a full
time career out of his hobby thanks to a music business course at
Mr Elliott, 48, completed the part-time Managing a Music
Business Enterprise (MMBE) course at the College with the support
of Generator, the Music Development Agency for the North East and
It's been a labour of love for Mr Elliott, from North Shields,
who has been promoting music and supporting the North East scene
for over 10 years on a part-time basis. When he was asked to manage
local band The Watchers, he realised it was time to get serious and
turn his passion into a business.
He said: "I had attended a number of music business seminars and
events provided by Generator. When I heard about their MMBE course,
the timing was perfect for my ambitions and goals for The Watchers.
Being able to study one evening a week allowed me to plan around my
current work and other commitments."
Since taking the course, Mark has taken The Watchers on tour
with the Charlatans and they are now having tracks produced by
Coldplay producer, Danton Supple.
Mr Elliott has had some varied and interesting jobs throughout
his career, from taxi driver to oil rig worker, and is now looking
forward to the prospect of making a full time job out of his
management position with the band
He said, "MMBE has allowed me to take The Watchers to another
level. The course has given me sound knowledge to progress within
the music industry and the skills to finally create a sustainable
career from something I am extremely passionate about .
"The main tutor, Mark Hobrough was superb. He has worked on many
levels within the industry, so his experience and input was
invaluable and he was always willing to help in any way.
"The course covered almost every aspect of the music industry
and brought in some fantastic professionals to share their
experiences. I made some great friends and contacts on the course
who were in a similar position to me. We keep in regular contact
and support each other's careers now that the course has
Mark Hobrough, Mr Elliott's tutor at Gateshead College, said:
"I'm delighted that Mark is enjoying such success in managing The
Watchers. It just goes to show that if you gain the right knowledge
and skills and are prepared to put in the effort, you can really
make your own luck, and he's certainly done that.
"There is no real shortcut to succeeding in the music business,
but with some application and advice you can make good career
decisions and build a business. Mark is a great example of just
Due to the success of the course, Managing a Music Business
Enterprise will be running at Gateshead College from March 2012,
visit http://mmbe.co.uk/ for