James Hayward – Backstage Academy
James started his career at young age pushing boxes and shadowing sound engineers just to get foothold in the industry. He then became a student at Backstage Academy and alongside this started gaining valuable experience in all aspects of live music as a stage manager, artist liaison, backline technician and production manager.
Upon graduating James became stage manager for UK Ska legends The Specials.
He still works for The Specials as well as Paul Weller and Ocean Colour Scene as a back line technician, along with various other artists.
James has also gone on to stage manage and production manage at festivals throughout the UK and Europe and likes to credit his success to his university for giving him the contacts and skills he needed to progress in the industry with the network they helped provide.
Yasmin Corrigan – Southampton Solent University
Since graduating from Southampton Solent University, Yasmin has been involved in many impactful activities utilising her confidence and acquired skills from her BA Hons, First degree in Popular Music Performance.
Yasmin moved to London soon after graduating to pursue gigging as a solo, acoustic singer-songwriter. Yasmin also secured work as a backing vocalist; recording a YouTube video with X Factor’s Shayne Ward, and performing live at The Mayflower Southampton with stars from ITVs The Voice.
In July 2016 Yasmin was successful in securing the role of Music Services Administrator at music therapy charity Nordoff-Robbins. She has recently been promoted to National Music Services Coordinator, and works with UK regions and manages the expansion of the charity.
This role combines her passion for music with the organisation and people skills which she developed at Solent. She feels very lucky to be part of such an amazing charity, helping make music accessible for vulnerable people of all ages with a wide range of needs and abilities. This is something Yasmin has felt strongly about, since getting the experience of playing music at a centre for adults with learning difficulties whilst studying at Southampton Solent University.
Anton Magnusson – BIMM
Born and raised in Sweden, Anton moved to the UK in 2014 to pursue his dream of working in the music industry. While at university at BIMM in Brighton, he quickly got involved with the local music scene, working with local club promoter Disco Deviant and booking agency The Unity Agency. After wrapping up his internship there, he went back to Sweden for a 3 month long internship with Playground Music, the independent distributor for many of UK’s leading independent record labels, such as Beggars Group, Domino Recording Company, Secretly Group etc. Upon returning to the UK he began scouting for law firm Clintons, as well as interning within Beggars Group and their labels. Towards the end of his degree, after an introduction to Domino Records, he was offered a job there, where he currently works with the project managers. He also played a key part in starting up BIMM’s very own record label, Pool Valley Recordings.
Bethan Heaton – Leeds Beckett University
Bethan graduated from Leeds Beckett University in 2017 with a first class degree in Music Production, and was awarded the JAMES award. Alongside her degree, she created her own music promotion company, organising multiple events around Greater Manchester, and stage managing and co-directing the company’s own stage at a local festival. This then progressed to running other music events around Leeds, and co-directing and orchestrating the Live At St Marks day festival in Leeds, alongside further festival volunteering at Latitude, Live at Leeds and Reading & Leeds Festival.
Upon graduating she aided in the re-launch of Sofar Sounds York and acted as marketing and promotions manager whilst assisting in running their monthly events; and worked alongside Come Play With Me, a musical non-profit organisation based in Leeds. Alongside this, she began to work as a Regional A&R Representative of Scruff Of The Neck, a UK-wide promotions company, running regular events across Leeds and York, and working with local and internationally-touring bands. Bethan now works as a Marketing Assistant & Office Manager at Marathon Artists, a record label home to artists such as Courtney Barnett, Baaba Maal, Childhood and Jamie Isaac. She is also continuing to run regular events for Scruff of the Neck in London, and is determined to make a name for herself in the world of music, and succeed in the work she is most passionate about.
Elizabeth Pike – University of Hertfordshire
Elizabeth graduated from the University of Hertfordshire in 2017 with a first class honours degree in Music Industry Management. From a young age Elizabeth demonstrated an interest in music by training as a classical musician at her home in South Wales, but since attending the University of Hertfordshire, Elizabeth has her sights set on the wider music industry. Throughout her degree Elizabeth worked for a number of music industry companies including the nationally-renowned Public City PR, LIVE UK and MAMA Festivals part-time around her studies. Since graduating in May 2017, Elizabeth has become a member of the Brits Voting Academy, written artist interviews for several industry media outlets including The Great Escape Festival and has secured herself the role of Festival Coordinator, Marketing Partnerships at Live Nation UK.
Jamie Skinner – BIMM
Jamie graduated from BIMM in 2017, and alongside his final year he began working in PR at LD Communications. Having started out as an intern he very quickly learnt the ropes – working with some of the company’s top clients and securing coverage – before being offered a full-time role two months later. Now, over a year down the line, he has the opportunity of working with a vast array of clients, ranging from artists such as Pink Floyd and their touring exhibition ‘The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains’, to live events such as Boardmasters Festival, tours with Live Nation and AEG Presents and many more. Had he been asked two years ago if he’d ever be working on getting Algie, the famous Pink Floyd pig, to fly above international landmarks, he would’ve said you were being ridiculous. That’s now part of reality!
Stephen Fitzpatrick – LIPA
With great sadness we must add that Stephen was tragically killed along with his bandmate Audun Laading in 2019. He will be greatly missed.
Stephen Fitzpatrick originally from Barrow-in-Furness, was a Liverpool based guitarist/singer and songwriter. He began studying at LIPA in 2013, initially as a drummer on the BA Music course. After gradually gaining more interest in playing guitar and songwriting, Stephen and fellow student Audun Laading created the band Her’s. Branded as a two-piece jangle/dream pop band, Her’s was Stephens prime focus after graduating from LIPA in 2016. Their first release ‘Songs of Her’s’ clocked over 10 million streams on Spotify, and the band spent much time touring the UK and Europe, with additional performances at SXSW and Bangkok.