Music


Carlo set up his own company to exploit a localised knowledge that the larger promotion companies did not have.

Working as a music promoter

Carlo Solazzo is head promoter and founder of Birmingham Promoters. He spoke about the challenges he faces, the key to a successful career and the role of the promoter in the music scene.


About a quarter of the UK’s music industry workforce works in education and training. Photo: Ollie Crooke

Getting into music education

Many of today’s musicians, producers and DJs build a varied ‘portfolio’ career combining performance, teaching, and a range of other music and non-music activities.


Fay Fullerton is Head of Production Costume at the Royal Opera House

Building a costume career

Fay Fullerton is Head of Production Costume at The Royal Opera House. She describes how she got into the industry, with advice for people wanting to get into costume careers.


Kathrin DeBoer is the singer of Belleruche.

Touring music band

Belleruche is a band that performs 'Turntable Soul' music. Comprised of Kathrin DeBoer, Ricky Fabulous and DJ Modest, they have several albums with independent label Tru Thoughts.


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.


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.


Understand how musicians can make money from the music industry.

Making money from music

A lot of people want to get into music, but very few understand how they'll be paid once they do. Knowing more about the money means you'll be better armed to take on the business on your own terms.


Becoming a music producer

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.


Maya organises the event, liaises with performers, finds sound equipment, and makes sure everything is going to work.

Running a creative event

Maya Levy is an actor, singer-songwriter and pianist. She is also artistic director of the Open Arts Café evenings, where artists present original work to a supportive audience.


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.


Neil Pate teaches classes in Hip Hop Yoga in London.

Stand out from the crowd

Being a creative is an exciting and rewarding profession. But when your competition seems to be just as talented and as enthusiastic as you, how do you stand out from the crowd?


Brian Houston is a singer-songwriter from Belfast.

Run your own music business

Belfast-based rock and gospel musician Brian Houston is his own music business. He talks about doing everything, from recording and mastering to distribution.


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

Getting into backstage work

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


Most artists balance a variety of part-time roles to provide extra income. Image: Diego Andres Spano, clown.

7 tips for performance careers

Working in performance does not always provide a constant income. Most artists balance a variety of part-time roles and should always consider sources of future income.


The Barbican offers a number of internship placements in a variety of departments. © Barbican Centre, London

Finding work in the arts

Xander Hough is a Human Resources Advisor at the Barbican Centre, working to support recruitment and internships. He gave advice on how to find employment in an arts centre.


Ensemble 360. Photography by Benjamin Ealovega

Being a clarinettist

Matthew Hunt is a clarinettist with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie and Ensemble 360, a Sheffield-based chamber group. He spoke about how he developed his career as a professional musician.


Greenbelt festival is a liberal Christian arts festival with comedy, speakers and big bands.

Running a festival

Rachel Stringer is a producer and programmer of live events. She has programmed events for 21,000 people, including theatre, film, dance, youth events and workshops.


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.


Cleveland Watkiss is a vocalist, actor and composer.

Creative collaboration

Storyteller Vayu Naidu and jazz vocalist Cleveland Watkiss have formed an unlikely pairing: 'Bhakti & The Blues', combining Indian stories with improvised vocal soundscapes.


Suzanne Rolt is the director at St George's Bristol.

Take charge of your career

Staying at the same organisation for a long period of time can result in your skills stagnating. Suzanne Rolt told Creative Choices how she ensures continuing professional development as director of St George's music venue.


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