Supporting role: Megan Savage and Sam Burt

December 1, 2015

Megan Savage, an aspiring singer, was mentored by established musician Sam Burt through This is Creative Enterprise (TICE), a not-for-profit programme dedicated to supporting young students in exploring the creative sector as a potential career. The relationship helped build Megan’s confidence and she is now studying music at Newcastle University

Megan on Sam..

TICE was something that I spontaneously signed up to do, with the encouragement of my school teachers from Burnside Business and Enterprise College. I have always wanted a career in music but, like many other amateur musicians, I was blindsided by the harsh reality of the music industry. Having Sam to guide me as a musician was incredibly useful. He was always taking me out of my comfort zone and giving me these incredible opportunities, such as real-life briefs from Universal Publishing. He also knew how to criticise (and praise) my work without making me feel inferior or incapable of succeeding. Sam’s wise words and guidance were the reason I applied to Newcastle University. Hopefully, my course will help me narrow down my choices, but at the moment production and songwriting is something I’m focused on. TICE helped me realise that working in the creative industry was no longer an impossible dream and it could be something that I could thrive in. I am still in contact with Sam and we support each other in our successes. Most recently, Sam released his debut album with his band Border Scout. It’s amazing things like that which continue to motivate me.

Sam on Megan..

I’ve been writing songs since I was 11. I’ve been in a number of signed bands and have composed for film, adverts and television. I decided to become a TICE mentor at a point where I was quite developed in my own artistic practice and wanted to pass some of my knowledge and experience to younger people. When I met Megan, she had an excellent and very mature voice, a brilliant work ethic and a willingness to learn. She was a little shy, but there was always a quiet confidence that just blossomed by the end of the programme. I feel I helped her with creative skills and technical ability, but also with key ‘non-musical’ development like confidence, commitment, time management and teamwork. Mostly, I hope I have enhanced her creativity and passion for music – things that cannot be taught, only encouraged. My aspiration for Megan is that she has a fulfilling career in music. She has the talent and commitment and is making a positive move studying music at Newcastle University. For those who want it, TICE does not finish after the programme ends and I continue to offer career support if students ask – including Megan, who now helps to arrange events for TICE.