Educational Work and Industry Outreach

Educational Work And Industry Outreach

Founder of the LOST agency PR – Darren Broome spent 19 years working for BBC producing music documentaries for BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 1 plus championing new Welsh acts, filming new bands, play listing new acts and developing the music policy for BBC Radio Wales.

He also co-curated the first three BBC Wales Music Day Events featuring Stereophonics,  Feeder, Manic Street Preachers and The Joy Formidable.

Darren is a guest lecturer at one of the UK’s most respected music colleges – B.I.M.M. Bristol  Having been module leader on both the BA Hons degree in Music Industry Management and also the FD in Professional Musicianship.  In both courses his experience as a band manager, independent national radio plugger and music producer for BBC Radio were utilised to provide students with up to date and practical industry insider knowledge.

An in-demand speaker and visionary communicator his understanding of how to break new acts and experiences of devising proven ways to forge successful campaigns for new artistes has led to a series of master-classes, guest lectures and tutorials at B.I.M.M. (Brighton & Bristol), The Institute Of Contemporary Music (I.C.M.P.) University Of South Wales (The Atrium) Coleg Morgannwg, Newport: Creative School of Music & Sound, Bridgend College & Merthyr College.

He has also worked at Merthyr College as a industry mentor for the FD in Film & Television where his skills and experience have been used to assist students in their Yr 1 and Yr 2 intensive practical projects, tasks included devising and providing AV for a community opera and assisting students with short films that reflect the multicultural communities of Merthyr Tydfil.

Darren presented a report for The Welsh Music Foundation and The Arts Council for Wales titled ‘Breaking Bands 2014’ that examines how the traditional key markers for industry exposure are changing to reflect the shift in emphasis on radio exposure, DJ endorsement and key festival appearances.

His 2012 BBC Radio 4 feature on Manic Street Preachers – Swansong: The Holy Bible presented by Stuart Maconie was short-listed for the Best Documentary at the 2013 Celtic Media Awards.

Other BBC Radio 4 features include – The Rock Island Line – the story of how the American Deep South influenced John Lennon’s decision to split The Quarrymen and form The Beatles and The Sad Bells Of Rhymney – the story of how an Idris Davies poem became synonymous with the stars of the protest movement, Pete Seeger and The Byrds.

Lectures & master-classes available include:

Radio Plugging – what is it and how it helps your career

40 Reason’s Why You Don’t Get Played On The Radio

What Managers Look For And Why

Press, PR, Plugging and the use of YouTube in Effective Social Media Campaigns

Also available

Media coaching for new bands/performers – getting new acts ready for live filmed sessions and comfortable behind a live microphone for radio interviews.