Sitting alongside MIF Creative is MIF Learning, featuring other skills development and engagement activity outside of MIF’s commissioning structure.
Most recently MIF Learning organised for Jamal Edwards to visit Sat’dy Allsorts, an urban music collective based at Z-arts. Jamal joined the 11-19 year old performers – who range from grime MCs to soul singers – for rehearsals and performances of their own music and was then on hand for a Q&A session, advising on the best way to promote themselves and get ahead in the music industry.
Ahead of Goldfrapp’s performance at the 2013 Festival with the RNCM String Orchestra, students at the Royal Northern College of Music were invited to an informal seminar with Goldfrapp in the college’s Studio Theatre. Here MIF Learning provided them with an opportunity to talk to the band about their careers in the music industry and the creative songwriting and arranging process behind their success.
Previous examples of MIF Learning projects also include Bjork: Biophilia Music School, a week-long programme giving young people in Manchester a unique opportunity to explore Bjork's new music, ideas and technologies and to develop their own compositional skills; the Trainee Producers programme which saw five emerging producers from Manchester and the North West work with MIF for six months, closely mentored by MIF Producers and International Talent Campus, a five-day programme designed to assist emerging to mid-career locally-based Producers to expand their international contacts and knowledge.