UK Music Skills Academy: New academy to improve access to jobs in the music industry
Founded by UK Music and Creative & Cultural Skills, the Academy will build an infrastructure enabling the music industry to engage directly with skills and training providers. This will allow music businesses to directly influence the training of their future workforce, and will create an easier mechanism for employers looking to take on apprentices.
The Academy marks the first industry-led and concerted effort to improve recruitment practises in the music business. Members of the Academy will work collaboratively to enable a wide variety of pathways – including course-led work experience, apprenticeships and paid internship programmes – to make it easier for young people from all walks of life to enter the music industry.
Each year hundreds of young people will have the opportunity to apply for apprenticeships at record labels, recording studios, management groups, promoters, and audio suppliers who are signed up to the initiative: companies already supporting the Academy include Universal Music, Sony Music, Warner Music, Beggars Group, Cherry Red, Live Nation, Britannia Row, Ad Lib and the National Arenas Association.
Additionally, students opting for further and higher education can enrol with one of the Academy’s education partners, including the
Music companies will have the opportunity to influence the content and delivery of Academy courses and lectures to ensure they are up to date and tailored to the specific needs of the industry.
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The Academy will:
· launch a new UK Music Apprenticeship scheme suitable for a wide range of companies from record labels to collection societies with access to grants of up to £2000 through the Creative Employment Programme
· work with employers and Creative & Cultural Skills to develop a new range of technical music apprenticeships
· create a national network of skills and training partners
· establish an annual Skills Festival featuring work shops and an awards ceremony
· run a UK Music Summer School for Academy students
· allow students access to UK Music’s network of 14 rehearsal spaces for special artist and industry events
Creative & Cultural Skills Chairman and Live Nation International COO
Latham said, "The UK puts on some of the best live music concerts and festivals in the world because the people working behind the stage on rigging, lighting and sound are some of the most talented and experienced in their field. It is the same with people working at record labels, management companies, publishers or anywhere else in the music industry.
“They are a fantastically creative workforce. But, we need to find and encourage a new and diverse workforce that will keep driving our industry forward and the UK Music Skills Academy will do that. It is tailored to the specific skills needs of the music industry, ensuring its students will graduate with the best chance of a rewarding job within it."
Creative Industries Minister Ed Vaizey said, "The UK has one of the most dynamic and influential creative industries in the world. Music is a crucial part of this and helps the sector punch well above its weight, making a huge contribution to our national economy and enriching our cultural lives.
“By training and nurturing the next generation of outstanding talent, UK Music's
The Academy has also won support from business and Government.
CBI Director-General John Cridland said, “The digital revolution is transforming every aspect of the music business – from finding and developing artists to marketing and distribution. The
“Breaking into the music world is tough and too often based on who you know, not what you know. This is a very exciting initiative to make sure that talented, motivated young people can secure the best jobs.”
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Skills Matthew Hancock said, "
“This is why we have put skills training and new apprenticeships right at the centre of our strategy for driving growth. UK Music's new
The new Academy has also adopted UK Music’s equality and diversity charter, which means equal opportunities, will feature at every level.
“The music industry is a fantastic example of how
Notes for editors:
2. Creative & Cultural Skills is an independent charity supporting the skills and training needs of the