Music


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?


Vocalist Mellow Baku (r) has benefited from her mentoring relationship with Performing artist Carol Leeming (l).

My music mentor

Performing artist Carol Leeming mentors young vocalist Mellow Baku. They spoke to Creative Choices about how the mentoring relationship benefits both of them.


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.


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 Creative & Cultural Industries Team, Barking & Dagenham College

The Creative & Cultural Industries Team at Barking & Dagenham College won the 2018 Creative & Cultural Skills Training Provider of the Year Award. We spoke to Games, Art & Animation Course Leader and Creative Skills Project Co-ordinator, Katie Morgan, about their work and success.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Marcus Davey is Chief Executive of the Roundhouse. Photo by Steffan Hill.

Concerts and arts management

Since he was a teenager, Marcus Davey has enjoyed 'putting on concerts, making things happen.' This passion has led him to become Arts Manager for Dartington Hall Trust and Chief Executive of the Roundhouse.


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.


Each instrument is made by one person from start to finish.

Making musical instruments

Mike Anderson founded Starfish Designs after making a traditional Scottish harp for his daughter. Now he sells instruments worldwide and spoke about how he achieved this business success.


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.


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.


Bagpipes Galore play instruments for customers when they come in.

A career in bagpipe making

Bob Hay and Neil MacPhail, two workers at Bagpipes Galore in Edinburgh, describe what it's like to work in a bagpipe store and the challenges faced by people wanting to become a bagpipe maker.


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.


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