Over the past few months, JAC Media is proud to have worked with two highly talented individuals. Sam Harris and Jaz Smith are final year students at Newcastle University and have been supporting us in our PR and marketing efforts across music and tech PR. Here we find out a little more about them.
Sam Harris is a singer-songwriter and final year student on the Contemporary & Popular Music degree course at Newcastle University.
Having gained an academic excellence award during her first year, Harris is a committed student who enjoys gaining further knowledge of the music and entertainment industry.
More specifically, she is a veteran of the North East music scene, with years of song-writing and performance experience under her belt. Active on social media, Sam regularly produces online, music-based content, where she frequently forges connections with a range of industry movers and shakers.
From watching her first live music gig at Metro Radio Arena (now Utilita Arena Newcastle) to attending her last pre-COVID-19 concert at Newcastle City Hall, Sam has actively sought out and consumed live entertainment for most of her life.
More precisely, she attributes her love of live music to its inherent spontaneity, where nothing and everything can be expected and artists can explore and showcase their musicality without reservation.
Moreover, after studying music and performing arts for over a decade now, and having worked with a number of musicians and creative organisations, Sam is beginning to branch out within the wider music industry and has taken a keen interest in the PR and marketing world.
This interest stems from Harris’s own experiences as a working musician in the 21st century, where the integral work being done by PR firms does not go unnoticed.
Additionally, Sam enjoys the fact that this work involves supporting and guiding artists, creative projects as well as various companies and organisations to engage with wider audiences and reach their full potential.
Furthermore, Harris’ current internship with Newcastle-based PR and marketing firm JAC Media, has provided her with the exciting opportunity to work alongside industry professionals and work with a host of impressive clientele.
Ultimately, working within the PR and marketing field feels like a natural progression to Sam’s studies, and she is looking forward to exploring both her growing interest in the sector as well as her musicianship.
Jaz is a final year music and business student at Newcastle University. She has a particular interest in the music business- mainly in PR and music publishing. She has already worked with many music organisations around the North East and even runs her own freelance PR business, which started in 2018.
This was originally a blog, as a way to integrate into the North East music scene, before forming into a PR company in 2019.
She has worked with several North East artists, such as Firesites, Goodsprings and Ben Fitzgerald. Her work and ideas have brought her to meetings in Newcastle, London and New York. She hopes to pursue her PR work by offering local artists affordable PR and helping them understand how to market their brand effectively.
She hopes to eventually work for a major record label or become a music lawyer one day and contribute towards making the music industry a safer place for women.
Jaz also has a great love for music publishing and hopes one day to get a publishing deal. She has written songs from the age of nine and this is what originally inspired her to get into music and learn several instruments. She is currently networking and getting advice from people who have written for Madonna, Paloma Faith and Kylie Minogue!
Alongside this, she plays jazz trumpet. She originally played classical cornet right up until university, until she decided it wasn’t for her. She is currently producing her own trumpet tracks to play at resorts and cruise ships (if that is ever allowed again!) and also working with producers to feature on their tracks.
At the age of 18 was the youngest paid pianist on The Royal Yacht Britannia. This opportunity came around after knowing the manager of the boat. She describes it as one of the best jobs in her life (aside from JAC Media!). With this, she has been offered opportunities to play at venues, such as the Baltic in Newcastle.