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76 Industry insights in total for Music


Becoming a technical manager

 1 July 2016

Rob Lloyd's journey into technical management started with him doing "bottom of the pile" work in theatre, but evolved into roles with much greater responsibility as he rapidly gained new skills. He eventually sidestepped into the music industry. Read more about his career.


What employers are looking for in technical staff

 5 May 2016

Working in technical theatre and live events is fun, fast-paced and rewarding. If you're curious about careers in this area, there's good news: we need more skilled technicians in lighting, sound and stage, and available routes in are changing for the better. Here are 4 things employers in the industry are actually looking for.


The Cato Academy trains future road crew and connects you with real professionals who work with some of the biggest artists in the world.

How to work backstage at a gig

 21 December 2015

Have you ever gone to a gig and wished you were working on it? Or maybe you’ve gone to a festival and wondered how it was all put together? Live music is a huge part of the music industry and there are lots of opportunities for getting involved.


Being a project musician

 7 September 2015

Ed teaches people of all ages to sing, describing himself as "wildly passionate" about music. He explains how he became interested in community work as a profession and how Nina Simone was the person who got him into music.


Becoming a music producer

 10 July 2015

Music producer Eric Lau started out studying business. When a personal tragedy changed his outlook on life, he found his passion in music. Read about how he ended up excelling in the music industry.


Working as a piano technician

 1 June 2015

Rolf Dragsta has been a piano tuner and technician for over 40 years. Here he shares some thoughts on the the profession, including why these skills are becoming increasingly sought after. You can also see him in action in this short film.


Stage lighting certainly isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ set-up and should be tailored to your performance genre.

Light up the stage with 4 basic principles

 19 June 2014

Between rigs, fresnels and gobos, stage lighting can seem endlessly complex to those of us starting out. We’d be lying if we said it was simple, but that doesn’t mean you need ‘expert’ status in order to effectively light a dramatic scene or performance.


Production companies simply don't have the means to fund the launch of new artists.

5 things musicians should know about production deals

 11 June 2014

Securing a production deal can feel like an exciting next step for any musician, but there are plenty of legal pitfalls that it's important to be aware of. Here are five key points that every musician should consider before they say yes to a production agreement.


Bags of enthusiasm is needed for the job of a Choir Leader . Image:  Rhythms of the World Festival, Laura Spires.

Leading a pop music choir

 2 August 2013

Choir leader, Lottie Greenhow, shares how modern Rock Choir has changed the traditional idea of a choir. She shares 5 ways to enhance your own singing


Every year Streetwise Opera creates live performances, films and workshops with people who have been homeless. (Image: Streetwise Opera)

Running Streetwise Opera

 17 July 2013

Can music help disadvantaged people move forward with their lives? Matt Peacock is CEO of Streetwise Opera, who work with people who have experienced homelessness. He shared 5 tips for starting your own social enterprise.


Nina Kristofferson, who starred as Billie Holiday in 'I Cover The Waterfront', has since returned to the role in other productions.

7 steps for producing a play

 24 April 2013

When Troy Fairclough and his sister-in-law decided to stage a one-woman show about jazz legend Billie Holiday, there were challenges to face, along with a tight budget. He recalled the process.


Paul Alborough performs as Professor Elemental, delivering his hip-hop in a comedic way.

Finding your performance niche

 17 March 2013

Paul Alborough performs as Professor Elemental, a steampunk and 'chap hop' performer. He describes leaving full-time work to pursue his creative career, with advice for performers on developing a niche.


Loop Ellington combine live trumpet playing with electronic samples generated on a laptop.

Performing electronic music

 15 February 2013

Andrej Bako is one half of electronic music duo Loop Ellington, which he set up with Andy Diagram. He spoke about how technology has enabled him to create and perform music in an affordable way.


After learning the record aged 7, Arun soon discovered the clarinet. Photo: William Ellis

Earning a living from jazz

 31 January 2013

After discovering the recorder at school, Arun Ghosh became a jazz clarinettist, theatre composer, and music teacher. He spoke about his career, and the challenge of earning a living from several jobs.


Tommy Four Seven has worked as a DJ, both producing his own music and playing in clubs. Photo: Ralf Obergfell

5 tips for a DJ career

 25 January 2013

Tommy Four Seven got his first club residency at the age of 17 and has worked his way up to launching his own record label. He shared five pieces of advice for succeeding as a DJ.


Netsayi says her music uses Zimbabwean rhythyms, but experiments with a wide range of styles. Photo: Joke Schot

Being a singer and songwriter

 2 January 2013

Singer and songwriter Netsayi began entering singing competitions at the age of 10, but didn’t consider a career in music until later. She spoke about her career journey.


Anthony Sargent is General Director of The Sage Gateshead (image © Mark Savage)

Director of The Sage Gateshead

 9 November 2012

Anthony Sargent is General Director of the prestigious music and performance centre The Sage Gateshead. He spoke about his career journey, and gave 4 pieces of advice for others working in the arts.


Simon Lovelace founded CrewClass in an effort to provide greater access to backstage training.

Getting into backstage work

 2 November 2012

Simon Lovelace, founder of technical crew training company Crewclass, has seven tips for finding backstage technical work.


Eric Lau has worked with artists such as Lupe Fiasco and has toured with Erykah Badu.

Being a hip hop producer

 2 November 2012

Hip hop producer Eric Lau started out trying to emulate his musical heroes. Gradually he learned to record his own tracks. From there he got into production. He spoke about his career journey.


Dan Howson, center, is a Business Development Director at live events company, sevens7.

Getting into live events

 17 September 2012

sevens7 are a live events company, specialising in event management, show production, tour support, event IT and brand activation. They’ve worked everything from large-scale summer festivals to the Diamond Jubilee.


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