Education & Skills

Education & Careers Resources

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.

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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)

Job Profiles

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.

Jobs & Opportunities

Top Tips

Silvia Gargiulo, 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

The Ultimate Livestreaming Guide with artist Emma McGann

In the Ultimate Livestreaming Guide, Emma McGann brings you a series of in-depth videos for taking your home livestreaming set-up to the next level – covering audio, visuals, software, lighting and best practises, it’s jam-packed with streaming secrets to help artists and creators get set-up for the first time or improve their existing stream space.

Emma McGann is a songwriter, independent trailblazer and award nominated artist who has earned recognition from fierce female forces in the industry, including Kylie Minogue, Nancy Sinatra and Beth Hart. Emma is a shining example of how to rock the boat as a self-made artist in the age of independence. Embracing her inner misfit, McGann has passionately carved a non-traditional path of her own and has used streaming for the last 7 years to connect with her audience.

Follow the link to check out the videos:

Ultimate Livestreaming Guide – YouTube

More Careers Resources

  • 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.
  • Discover Creative Careers has creative careers resources.

Work Experience

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 info@ukmusic.org.

Music Instrument Teaching & Learning Resources

Music Activities for Young Children Resources

  • Jam With Jamie are hosting virtual music classes. Please note timings are Pacific Time.
  • Music Room are providing free music lessons for Key Stages 1, 2 and 3 that can be taught at home.
  • 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. (£)
  • Charanga has contemporary digital resources for music teachers and schools.
  • 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.
  • 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

  • The Intellectual Property Office have created a set of online training tools, designed for businesses, business advisors, students and lecturers. They are free to use once you have registered – here.
  • 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.
  • 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.