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How to work backstage at a gig

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.


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.


Andrew Simper writes 'plug-ins' for music-composition software.

Writing music software

Andrew Simper's admirers include Steve Duda, of the Nine Inch Nails and dance act Deadmau5, but he's not a performing musician. He writes the music software that these producers use to create hits.


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.


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.


Mark Gurney, Music4all, Brixton.

Marketing your band online

Bands and musicians need to market themselves, but creating an online fan base can be time-consuming. Start with these five simple stages to online marketing.


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

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


Classical music is a very competitive area of work. Photo: Korean Cultural Centre UK

Freelancing in classical music

Working as a freelance musician allows you to play the music you want, with the people you want, when you want. You can structure your days and take on as much work that suits you.


Britannia is responsible for visitor services at the Sadler's Wells building. Photo credit Morley von Sternburg.

Managing front-of-house

Britannia Morton is Director of Visitor Services and Estates at Sadler's Wells. The department manages front-of-house, maintenance, security, health and safety, events and catering.


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.


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

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.


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.


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.


St George's Bristol is a concert hall and recording studios.

Directing an arts organisation

Starting as promotions coordinator for St George's in Bristol, Suzanne Rolt is now director of the music venue. She describes how she built up leadership skills for her work.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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