Music


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.


Celeste has studied for three qualifications in opera and performance. But she isn’t sure she’d recommend opera singing as a career.

International opera singer

Celeste Lazarenko is a successful opera singer. She’s sung roles in a Philip Glass opera and for the English National Opera. She’s performed in Hong Kong, across Europe and in her home country of Australia.


Marcus Taylor is the founder of The Musician’s Guide website.

How to get signed by a label

How can a musician get signed to a record label? Marcus Taylor, founder of TheMusiciansGuide.co.uk, shares his insight into how you can approach a label.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Joe has written for various artists and bands.

Songwriter and singer

Joe Cang is a songwriter and singer. He also plays bass guitar, guitar and percussion. His bestselling hit ‘Shine’, for Aswad, sold over a million copies.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Working as a music agent

Naomi Palmer works at the Elastic Artists agency and represents DJs Gilles Peterson and Theo Parrish. She spoke about getting into artist representation and building a career as a music agent.


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.


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