We want to ensure that every young person in the UK has access to music sector-endorsed information, advice and guidance about the broad range of careers available.
Music Education Directory
UK Music, with partners University of West of Scotland (UWE) /Ariadne Research, the Musicians’ Union and JAMES (Joint Audio Media Education Support), have created the latest version of the Music Education Directory.
The Music Education Directory is an an unrivalled resource. It provides an extensive database of all Further Education and Higher Education music courses in the UK and Republic of Ireland.
It includes information on the links institutions have with music industry bodies – an important consideration when choosing the right course.
The Directory is an invaluable tool for anyone interested in a career in music and looking to find the right path to a course that is best suited to them.
Click on link to check out the Music Education Directory: JAMES | Music Education Directory (jamesonline.org.uk)
There’s never been a more exciting time to get a job in the music industry. Not only are the creative industries booming but careers in music are getting ever more varied. If you love music you can find your place.
The music industry needs creatives of course but it also relies upon a range of other roles to keep the music flowing. There are roles available for those who love law and contracts, if you are good at managing people and processes, if your thing is design and media or if you know one end of a sound system from another. Whether you’re into lighting and staging, supporting artists to find their voice, recording and mixing tunes or managing accounts in a fast-paced business then this could be for you. The music industry also needs data experts, accountants, instrument technicians, venue managers, security staff, electricians and carpenters, caterers, managers… THE LIST GOES ON!!!
There is a world of opportunity within the music industry and we hope the job profiles provided here will show you just some of the potential roles your could take on in the future.
There are links to each of the relevant UK Music members at the bottom of the job profile pages for more information.
We also recommend that you check out UK Music’s Music Academic Partnership members if you like the sound of any of these roles – many will teach a course that will set you on the right path.
- A&R Assistant
- Copyright Assistant
- Digital Marketing Manager
- Instrumental Teacher
- Junior Product Manager
- Live Event Technician
- Member Services Representative
- Music Manager
- Music Producer
- Orchestra Musician
- Research Officer
- Royalties Assistant
- Session Musician
- Sync Assistant
- Project Co-ordinator
- Music Data Administrator
- Composer for Video Games
- Media Music Composer
- Studio Maintenance Engineer
- Music Recording / Mixing Engineer
- Mastering Engineer
- Assistant Recording Technician
Jobs & Opportunities
- AEG – https://www.linkedin.com/company/aeg/careers
- AIM – https://www.aim.org.uk/#/jobs
- Arts Jobs – http://www.artsjobs.org.uk/
- Beggars Group – http://www.beggars.com/group/jobs
- Boiler Room – https://boilerroom.bamboohr.co.uk/jobs/
- BPI – https://www.bpi.co.uk/news-analysis/current-vacancies/
- CC Skills – https://ccskills.org.uk/
- DiVA – http://www.divaapprenticeships.com/
- Handle – https://www.handle.co.uk/
- Little Concert – https://www.littleconcert.com/
- Live Nation – http://www.livenationentertainment.com/careers
- MPA – https://mpaonline.org.uk/careers/
- Music Business Worldwide – http://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/jobs
- Music Market – http://www.artsandmedia.org/home
- Musicians’ Union – https://www.musiciansunion.org.uk/Home/Advice/Your-Career
- Noise – http://www.noisefestival.com/jobs
- Working with PPL – http://www.ppluk.com/en/About-Us/Work-For-Us/
- Jobs at PRS for Music – http://www.prsformusic.com/aboutus/ourpeople/workingforus/Pages/default.aspx
- Sony Music – http://www.sonymusic.co.uk/careers
- About working for Universal Music – http://www.umusic.co.uk/who-we-are/working-for-us
- Universal Music HR website – https://umusiccareers.com/templates/universal_music/welcome.aspx
- UK Music Internship code of Practice – http://www.ukmusic.org/skills-academy/internship-code-of-practice/
- UK Music Apprenticeship Scheme – http://www.ukmusic.org/skills-academy/apprenticeships/
- Warner Music – http://www.warnermusiccareers.com/careers
Silvia Gargiul, founder of BIY People and Talent, shares her top tips for getting a job in the music industry. Read here.
UK Music Director Of Education & Skills, Dr. Oliver Morris, hosted a panel on pathways and careers in the music industry with a range of music industry professionals.
Paul Latham, former COO of Live Nation, shares his top 5 top tips on how to make it in the music industry.
Live Nation is one of the leading global live entertainment companies. You can find out more at: livenationentertainment.com
More Careers Resources
- To discover more about careers in the creative industries go Creative Careers
- For more information on the CC Skills National College go to ccskills.org.uk/national-college
- To find out more about the different job roles in the sector and advice from industry experts please visit the Get Into Music website.
- For an overview of the many functions in record labels, careers advice and job opportunities you can visit the BPI’s website. Their On Track service is a one stop shop for anyone looking to work in the industry.
- BIY People & Talent provides tailored HR, Recruitment & People Development advice to companies across music and creative industries, because one size doesn’t fit all, and bigger isn’t always better.
UK Music very occasionally provides paid work experience for short periods at our HQ in London. Should an opportunity occur and if you would like to be considered, please send your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Music Instrument Teaching & Learning Resources
- Skoove is an app for learning to play the piano. Usually most of its lessons require a subscription, but in response to the COVID-19 crisis, they have made some of their premium content available for free.
- The Musicians’ Union are supporting the idea of music teachers providing online lessions.
- Fender Play offer online guitar lessons.
- Teach@Home focuses on products and resources for music teachers to set up remote working including microphones, headphones and teaching methods with free shipping on all orders. (£)
- Sing with Mat Wright is a daily group singing sessions stream.
- Piano academy is an an app that allows people of all ages to begin learning the piano with ease.
- Yousician is an app that allows beginners and professionals alike to learn new songs and become accustomed to playing the guitar, bass, ukulele and more.
- RSL have some useful tips and resources for practising.
- The Great British Home Chorus aims to give everyone the opportunity to contribute their voices and instruments to an ambitious digital music project.
- Make use of has a list of further useful music learning websites
- Learn at home with Casio and join in using #athomewithcasio.
- Start Beatboxing with SK Shlomo the Beatboxer. Go to the SK Shlomo Youtube Channel.
- No access to instruments? Get creative with glasses of water.
- Inspire Works have online drumming courses for children. As well as live Zoom workshops. More video resources can be found on the Inspire Works Youtube Channel.
- The Musicians’ Union have a range of advice about teaching music online.
- Inspire Works has an online Facilitator Mentoring Programmer.
Music Activities for Young Children Resources
- Jam With Jamie are hosting virtual music classes. Please note timings are Pacific Time.
- Union City Play are running daily music, movement, yoga classes, and more for pre-K/young kids.
- Music Room are providing free music lessons for Key Stages 1, 2 and 3 that can be taught at home.
- Music Room also have a range of resources for very young children, plus instruments and resources for adults to learn with their children. (£)
- BBC Bitesize has a new project called Bring The Noise, with of resources, guides and videos.
- Online Music Activities for Families is a Facebook Group from NYMAZ with lots of fun activities, as well as live broadcasts.
Music Resources for Secondary Level Resources
- Hal Leonard has dozens of materials for homeschooling families, whether you’re learning basic music theory or how to play the recorder or guitar. (£).
- The MPA are running a ‘My Music in the Movies’ competition for budding songwriters of secondary school age (between the ages of 11-18), who will have the opportunity to receive direct feedback from a pane.
- Charanga has contemporary digital resources for music teachers and schools. (£ – 30 day free trail)
- The National Theatre has some great resource vides about their performances, including live streams.
- The Met Opera are hosting live streams on their website.
- NPR have a list of virtual concerts, from jazz, to rock, opera to hip hop.
- Transformance Music are offering their Teaching Music with Garageband for iPad‘ resource for free/donation.
- UK Music’s Music Inc is a free app on managing music bands.
- Music Theory Helper is an app that helps individuals to improve their music theory knowledge.
- Cracking Ideas has some music lessons plans available around the topic of Intellectual Property.
- NYMAZ have a great range of resources on their website, including how to support your child’s learning, learning to play an instrument, creating music online and music qualifications.
- The Roudhouse have created music resources for 11-17-year-olds.
- Hackney Music Hub has resources for Primary and Secondary.
- The Roundhouse have put together a host of resources to create your own home studio – available to their Roundhouse Studio members aged 11-25.
Music resources for University Level Resources
- University of Kent has uploaded two music lectures to be viewed online. Technology in Performance: Hugh Davies’ Live Electronic Music from Dr Sean Williams and Experiencing music: inside the minds of teens and tweens from Dr Ruth Herbert.
- The Songwriting Studies Research Network is a two-year AHRC-funded project which unites scholars, industry workers and practitioners in a forum for the exchange of ideas about songwriting. It is led by Dr Simon Barber of Birmingham City University and Dr Mike Jones of University of Liverpool, UK.
- Discover Creative Careers has creative careers resources.
- A chat between Colin Steven (Velocity Press) and Martin James (author and Professor at UK Music MAP member Southampton Solent University) about the book State of Bass: The Origins of Jungle/ Drum & Bass.
- MAP member academic Mark Thorley from Coventry University’s has written a paper on the rise of the remote mix engineer.
- The Roundhouse are creating podcasts, roudtables and more content on a variety of topics from songwriting to wellbeing.