Music


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

5 things musicians should know about production deals

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.


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:


Showtex provided custom confectioned LED integrated fabrics for the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Drapes and fabric on stage

ShowTex design and manufacture fabrics and drapes for theatre and live events. They supplied the mattresses, sheets and pillows for the ‘NHS’ segment of the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony.


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.


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.


British Grove won the 2009 Music Producers Guild ‘Best Studio’ award.

Work in the recording industry

Working in a recording studio is a popular career choice. But what skills do you need to break into this highly competitive industry? We spoke to David Stewart, Studio Manager of British Grove Studios.


Scottish music producers Tigerstyle, Raj and Pops. Photo: Manik Singh

Helping young music producers

Scottish music producers Tigerstyle talk about their course where young people learn basic music production skills, and why living in Glasgow makes them better artists.


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

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.


What employers are looking for in technical staff

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.


Chris Greenwood runs his own festival, Stop Making Sense in Croatia, and his own venue Bedroom Bar in London.

Working as a festival promoter

Chris Greenwood spoke about his career path from DJ to club promoter to marketing and running festivals.


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.


The Sacconi Quartet celebrates its tenth anniversary in 2011-2012. Photography by Clive Barda

Working in an ensemble

Playing or singing in an ensemble is one of the most rewarding and enjoyable musical experiences and can be more artistically rewarding than playing as a soloist.


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.


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.


Eugenia wanted to develop something that was unique, to make it in the music industry.

Unique music

Eugenia Bertin is a songwriter, performer and wheelchair user. She founded the charity 'Eugenia Unique' to give disabled artists a platform to get their music heard.


Nathan Lee, flute beat-boxer.

Learning to flutebox

Nathan Lee has built a successful musical career with his unique method of playing the flute and beatboxing at the same time. He spoke to Creative Choices about how he got started.


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

Performing electronic music

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.


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?


Artichoke is a creative company that works on large-scale outdoor events, like the 'Sultan's Elephant'.

Producing art events

Hannah Standen is an Associate Producer for Artichoke, a creative company that stages arts spectacles and live events. She talks about working with Antony Gormley's ‘One And Other’ artwork, and how she became interested in producing art events.


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.


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