Music


75 Industry insights in total for Music


Working as a piano technician

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.


Simon Banks talks about his role as an Artist Manager and how he got into the industry.

Working as a music manager

Simon Banks is the founder of SB Management, based in Shepherd’s Bush, who manage several music artists. He describes a regular working day as an Artist Manager.


I teach songs, arrange vocal harmonies, conduct cast and band for a musical.

A musical director career

Philip Bateman is a musical director and singing coach. He has worked on West End shows like Billy Elliot and Our House. He spoke about how he built his career in musical theatre.


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

Finding your performance niche

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.


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

Being a hip hop producer

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.


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

Being a singer and songwriter

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.


When the company that released one of his albums collapsed, David was able to work in different genre. Photo: Will Hutchinson

Growing your music career

David McAlmont released a hit single and two albums with guitarist Bernard Butler. During his career he has moved through a succession of musical genres and performance styles.


Riz Ahmed, musician and actor

Riz Ahmed has built a creative career as an actor, rapper and writer. With leading roles in The Road to Guantanamo and Four Lions, and the musical alter-ego 'Riz MC', he spoke about pursuing multiple creative interests.


ENO offers a variety of work placements across its departments. (credit: Grant Smith)

Gaining skills through work

Thinking about applying for a job or work experience in the arts? Cynthia Fordham, Personnel Manager of English National Opera, spoke about the skills and qualities required.


Britten Sinfonia is a chamber orchestra ensemble based in Cambridge, UK.

Leading a chamber orchestra

Britten Sinfonia chamber orchestra is known for its adventurous approach to programming. Challenging perceptions of classical music, the ensemble has risen over the past decade to become one of the UK's top chamber orchestras.


Most of the successful West End producers started small and have spent their lives deep in theatre.

Producing musical theatre

Anyone can be a producer – all you need is absolute determination to get a show on stage, a source of money to back you, a network of the best possible creative talent, access to a theatre, skills in budgeting and marketing, and the luck of being in the right place with the right show at the right time.


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

Earning a living from jazz

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.


Being a project musician

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.


Theatre education practitioner

Alice Barclay is a Globe Education Practitioner. She spoke about her role at the theatre, her career journey so far and gives three tips for others looking to get into the industry.


Becoming a technical manager

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.


Live music is an essential element to musical theatre. Images: Britten Sinfonia

A musician in musical theatre

Live music is a key part of musical theatre. But tighter budgets can mean reduced band sizes, or even the automation of music altogether. 3 tips for breaking into musical theatre:


Elizabeth Byrne is a classical singer and teacher.

A career in classical music

Classical singer Lizzie Byrne's career has seen her performing with small opera companies and contemporary music groups. She also works on teaching and vocal training.


Brian Harvey combined his interests in psychology and DJing to start his own company

Being an arts entrepreneur

Brian Harvey launched Open Ear in Glasgow in 2007, which designs musical identities and environments for businesses. Open Ear works closely with the independent music industry in order to licence music to use in bars, cafes, shops and showrooms.


Design internships helped Rhiannon gain industry experience after university.

Making an internship work

Rhiannon Jones is a graphic designer working for Warner Music Group. She spoke about how a 3 month internship led to a permanent job in the music industry.


Shane Solanki is a songwriter for the Last Mango in Paris band

Understand band agreements

A band agreement is a contract between the individual members of a band which sets out how the band is going to conduct business together.


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