Music


Tony Morrison, promoter and producer

Tony works as a promoter, producer and project manager. He offers five tips for succeeding at his job.


Hannah Farnham, head of production

Hannah Farnham is Head of Production & Events at Live Nation Entertainment (UK) Music.


Graham Coatman, musical director

Graham Coatman works as a composer, musical director and pianist. He also lectures and is artistic director of a music festival.


Hannah Dilworth, education producer

Hannah Dilworth is an education producer at Opera North, having started there as an admin assistant.


Simon Lovelace, technical manager

Simon runs Crew Class training courses, which provide training and advice to people entering the events and entertainment industry.


Leroy was encouraged by his tutors to play music in his local area as a way of practising performance.

Leroy Rahman, tech music student

Leroy is a musician who completed a course at London's Tech Music School. He talks about being taught by Amy Winehouse's drummer and gives advice for people who also want to get into music.


Lynette Nixon, box office manager

Lynette Nixon manages the box office at Manchester's Oldham Coliseum theatre and live events venue.


Danny Stewart, lighting and sound technician

Danny started out working front-of-house at a theatre. From there he got into the technical side of staging opera and live events.


Ellie Turner, pyrotechnician

Ellie found an arts apprenticeship opened new doors for her. Now she organises pyrotechnics and staging for outdoor live events.


Kid Circus, DJ and producer

Kid starting singing in a vocal group with a couple of friends and is now an established DJ and promoter.


Create Gloucestershire has recruited 13 apprentices and interns so far through the Creative Employment Programme.

Apprentices in the Create Gloucestershire network

Glenn Hazard, David Bath and Kate Townley are apprentices in the Create Gloucestershire network, which has over 100 members from across the local arts and cultural sector. They discuss how they got started as apprentices, where they want to go next and offer some tips.


Brian Reilly, lighting managing director

Brian set up Production Services Ireland (PSI) in 1996 to meet the growing needs of the industry. Now Northern Ireland’s leading technical production company, they provide lighting for events such as Tennents Vital, Giro D’Italia and Riverdance production in China.


Deptford John, guitar technician and lecturer

Deptford John has been a guitar technician for over 30 years, looking after bands' gear and instruments and teaching others how to run a tour.


Rose Durbin, front-of-house engineer

Rose Durbin is a front-of-house engineer, responsible for running the sound mixdesk at live concerts.


Holly Haste, creative apprentice

Holly Haste works as an apprentice for Neon Street where she runs events, oversees projects and researches new musical talent. She told us about what her apprenticeship involves day-to-day, while her employer outlined his experiences of taking on an apprentice.


Seiso, Mpho, Letsebela and Wandile visited The Backstage Centre in Purfleet to help them learn best practice from other countries.

Technical production trainees in South Africa

Seiso, Mpho, Letsebela and Wandile are technical production trainees for the South African Roadies Association, which provides young people with training and employment skills for the music tech industry. They discussed their experiences of working and learning so far.


Peter Moody, voice coach

While working in telesales, Peter discovered an interest in how people used their voices. He is now an established voice coach.


Morna has helped many young people get a first foot on their career ladder. (Image: James Fletcher)

Morna Cook, Universal Music HR director

Senior director of HR for Universal Music, Morna played a key role in their groundbreaking paid internship scheme. For her outstanding commitment to passing on and developing creative skills, she was awarded the Music Skills Award 2015.


Tom Marshall, sound engineer

Tom Marshall started working in the sound department of a West End show after his A levels and is now a successful sound engineer.


Miles Baldwin, duty technician

From school assemblies to the 2012 Olympics, Miles has been working his way up in a backstage career since he was 15. He talked to us about his journey and gave some top tips for working backstage.


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