The Class of 2011 brought together the next generation of music creators who are already achieving success in their respective fields - whether it be dance, rock, pop, folk, hip hop or production music. The event gave the group of 16-19 year-olds a chance to speak with industry experts including special guest rapper Wretch 32, BBc 6 Music's Matt Everitt, music promoter Tony Moore and PRS Chairman Guy Fletcher who has written hits for the likes of Elvis Presley.
M caught up with the members of the Class of 2011 and asked them about getting started in the music industry, their music royalties and the challenges of getting a fledgling career off the ground. Watch part one of our special series of informative and inspirational Class of 2011 interviews. Part two follows tomorrow.
Want a bit more? You can watch our interview with chart-topping rapper Wretch 32, who inspired the Class of 2011 with his story, here.