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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Rob Stuart and Billy Grant co-founded independent recording label 2Point9.

Making independent music

Music mangers Billy Grant and Rob Stuart founded recording label 2Point9, and later Jayded Entertainment Ltd. They’re responsible for the internationally successful artist Jay Sean, who recently had a number one single in America.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Every year Streetwise Opera creates live performances, films and workshops with people who have been homeless. (Image: Streetwise Opera)

Running Streetwise Opera

Can music help disadvantaged people move forward with their lives? Matt Peacock is CEO of Streetwise Opera, who work with people who have experienced homelessness. He shared 5 tips for starting your own social enterprise.


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 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 Cato Academy trains future road crew and connects you with real professionals who work with some of the biggest artists in the world.

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.


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.


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.


Netsayi says her music uses Zimbabwean rhythyms, but experiments with a wide range of styles. Photo: Joke Schot

Being a singer and songwriter

Singer and songwriter Netsayi began entering singing competitions at the age of 10, but didn’t consider a career in music until later. She spoke about her career journey.


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.


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.


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