The Government has identified the creative sector as a key generator of UK economic growth and employment over the next decade.
As an important part of this sector the music industry will play a major role in driving this growth, but to achieve its full potential the industry will need to recruit and retain the best trained, talented, and diverse work force.
UK Music has put in place a series of programmes, projects and initiatives to help ensure this happens.
As part of this it has launched a Government and CBI-backed Skills Academy for Music – the first of its kind in the country. One of the live industry's most experienced and respected promoters, Live Nation's CEO Paul Latham, is the Academy's patron.
The Academy acts as a portal ensuring students in Britain's colleges and universities have the best chance of finding a job in any part of the music industry.
Although, traditionally apprenticeships have centred on the live sector, the Academy has developed a range of new apprenticeship qualifications cutting across the whole business - from labels to publishers.
The Academy has also created a national network of high quality education partners and nurture grass roots talent via UK Music's network of rehearsal spaces throughout the country.
UK Music has also established a highly praised equality and diversity charter to promote better opportunities for less well connected students. The aims and aspirations of this initiative, led by Baroness Hussein-Ece, lie at the core to the UK Music Skills Academy.