Brighter Sound teams up with Vic Meets for a series of workshops and panels this autumn. From songwriting and freestyling to DJing and broadcasting, with industry advice at every turn. 

Hosted by BBC Radio 1 presenter and R&B/Soul artist Victoria Jane.

For you if you’re:

  • In the early stages of your journey into music and are looking for support and guidance
  • Looking to develop your skills and confidence, and have a go at something new
  • Keen to meet new people and make connections in the Manchester music scene

Spaces to these events are limited, so please consider whether this is right for you before signing up. If you want to be added to a waiting list, drop Kinaya an email at [email protected].

What’s involved

Hear about and discuss:

  • Creative approaches to songwriting and freestyling 
  • Lyric writing exercises

At the end we’ll pick some beats and give you the chance to try things out with the group in a singing/freestyling session.

Led by guest artist Akemi Fox, alternative R&B singer/songwriter.

There’ll be plenty of chances throughout to get answers to any burning questions.

Drinks and Vietnamese nibbles from NAM will be available.

Other Brighter Sound x Vic Meets events

DJing and Broadcasting with DJ Chaise - 25 September

In-conversation with G33 and LayFullstop - 20 November

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Can I come?

As part of our All Things Equal initiative this project is open to women and people of marginalised genders age 18+. This includes:

  • Women, including Trans Women
  • Non-Binary / Agender people
  • Gender Fluid / Genderqueer people
  • Trans Men / Trans Masculine people
  • Intersex people

We know that more needs to be done to address intersectional barriers in the music industry, so we’re particularly keen to support additional marginalised communities.

When and where

Monday 16 October, 6-8pm

NAM Audiophile Bar and Kitchen, Unit 2, 33 Blossom Street, Ancoats, Manchester, M4 6AJ


We’re sorry that the venue is not wheelchair accessible and there is no accessible toilet.

NAM Manchester is 0.7 miles away from Piccadilly Station and Victoria Station, or 0.5 miles away from Piccadilly Gardens which is connected to various bus and tram routes. 


Tickets are free, with an opportunity to donate if you can.

Safer Spaces

At all of our projects we aim to create spaces that are welcoming, engaging and supportive. Spaces where everyone is able to be themselves, but also where abuse and discrimination are not tolerated. Read our Safer Spaces Policy for more information.

Got questions?

Get in touch with our Project Coordinator Kinaya by emailing [email protected]. Or you can give us a call on 0161 546 5334. Please leave a message and we’ll get back to you.

About the artists

Victoria Jane is a 25 year old creative all rounder. London born, Manny raised, she is the current presenter and host of Radio 1's Future Soul Show. She is also a music artist herself and has been named one of Manchester’s most exciting vocal talents to emerge from the UK R&B/Soul scene. Victoria runs ‘Vic Meets’, providing a spotlight for emerging talent. Since beginning she has hosted two sold out showcases in both Manchester and London, and organised an all-female networking event in Manchester with Nandos.

Akemi Fox is a 24 year old singer/songwriter from Manchester making alternative R&B. In 2020 she released ‘Lemon Tea’ during lockdown, then her second EP ‘You’re My Favourite Day’ last year, uncovering themes of love and summer. Akemi is inspired heavily by 90s and 00s R&B and artists like Beyoncé, Amy Winehouse, Erykah Badu, Frank Ocean, Hiatus Kaiyote etc. 2023 was the year for Akemi’s first festival appearances, namely Cross the Tracks and BBC Big Weekend with BBC Introducing. She also supported Kelis on the Manchester leg of her tour.


Supported by Youth Music, Arts Council England, Manchester City Council and GMCA.