Making It In The Music Business

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  • Our Pass, together with OpenMoney, is launching a series of skills talks for young people in Greater Manchester live on Zoom. Starting with an exclusive event with Adex, CEO of Northern Quarterz (NQ), on Wednesday November 18, from 7pm.
  • The talk will be launched by Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham. Adex, in conversation with Liam Scholes, Chair of Greater Manchester’s Youth Combined Authority,

will share his experience on making it in the music industry. His Manchester-based agency represents Aitch, LiTek, whYJay and a growing roster of artists and producers.

  • Find out more by following Our Pass on social media (@OurPass_GM on Instagram), where the application process will be announced.

Our Pass, together with OpenMoney, is launching a series of skills talks live on Zoom for young people in Greater Manchester

As we enter a second national lockdown, ‘Show Me The Money’ will focus on real people in real careers, looking at a diversity of interesting jobs with earning potential in Greater Manchester. The talks, led by Our Pass members, aims to help young people plan for their futures.

Kicking off the first session will be Northern Quarterz (NQ) founder Adex, who’s based in Manchester and manages New Moston rapper Aitch. In conversation with Our Pass member Liam Scholes, the music influencer and talent manager will talk about his experiences as a young entrepreneur developing his business in the city-region.

During the Zoom talk, on Wednesday November 18, Adex will explain the challenges he encountered in making a career in an industry that is incredibly competitive, fast-changing, and London-centric. He’ll explain the value of going for it, being your own boss and working in an industry you love.

Adex, manager of Aitch and CEO of NQ said:

“Nobody tells you can have this as a career, but you actually can. There’s no careers lessons about this, so I’m going to share with you how I got into the business and look forward to meeting the next generation looking to make it in the music industry.”

Our Pass has over 40,000 active members. The only scheme of its kind in the UK, Our Pass supports young people at a crucial moment in their lives. For a one-off £10 administration fee, young people who have just left school get two key things: free travel on buses across Greater Manchester, making getting to college, training or into work possible. And exclusive offers and experiences that range from retail discounts and event tickets to skills talks, tasters and workshops.

Liam Scholes, Chair of Greater Manchester’s Youth Combined Authority, said:

“This second lockdown will mean challenging times for all young people, so it’s important to stay keep positive and think about what you’ll do at the end of this. I’m really looking forward to speaking to Adex in the first of a series of online life skills events for Our Pass members. I know they’ll help.”

Further life skill events, sponsored by OpenMoney, will be announced on Our Pass social channels over the next few months: including taking a look at northern influencers working in football and sports management; video game design; social media marketing and manufacturing. Those interested in finding out more can follow Our Pass on Instagram @OurPass_GM, or head to

The Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, said:

“As we go into a second lockdown, young people need our support more now than ever. Young people are at the heart of my plan for Greater Manchester, and so it’s great to see a Manchester business like OpenMoney supporting Our Pass in this new series of online life skills events.

“What young people have been saying to us all the time is that they want equal opportunities to jobs that allow them to grow and achieve their potential. Through the work of Our Pass and the Young Persons Taskforce we are delivering a plan to keep young people connected and give them the opportunities they deserve.”

Over the next few months Our Pass will also launch a series of Show Me The Money ‘How To’ guides. In partnership with OpenMoney, they will cover life skills essentials such as: day-to-day money management, including how to work out what you’re spending your money on daily and where you can cut costs.

OpenMoney Co-Founder Anthony Morrow said:

“We’re absolutely delighted to be working with Our Pass and supporting young people through these new online life skills events. At OpenMoney we have a diverse and creative team, from developers and designers to data engineers, marketeers and advisers. It’s absolutely vital that we encourage and help develop the next generation of Greater Manchester’s workers.”

OpenMoney an online financial advice service, was co-founded by Anthony Morrow and Duncan Cameron. They now employ over 80 people from their office in Manchester. They are committed to making financial advice and support accessible and affordable to everyone and empowering and enabling people to make the most of their money.

What is Our Pass?

Our Pass is a membership scheme for young people who live in Greater Manchester, and supports both school leavers and care leavers.

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