UK Music Run Successful Careers Fair At BBC Music Introducing LIVE 2019

UK Music had a manic few days at BBC Music Introducing LIVE where we were running the Careers Fair

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8/11/2019: UK Music had a manic few days at BBC Music Introducing LIVE where we were running the Careers Fair

UK Music’s Director of Education & Skills Oliver Morris with Jo Howarth Outstanding MAP Graduate Awards (OMGs) 2019 Special Mention – Business

During the event 20,000 young people who want to get into music attended and we were there to discuss their options.

An important part of communicating with the future industry is the Careers Pack. We give out hard copies at lots of events and often send out to schools and colleges to distribute. We gave out hundreds at the BBC Music Introducing LIVE event and UK Music staff, UK Music members and a range of other industry professionals had many conversations about possible career options with attendees.

The Careers Fair provided an opportunity for attendees to meet with UK Music members and partners. Not only were all UK Music members on-hand throughout the three days with the MU running an impressive stand, but we also had the Intellectual Property Office (and their world-famous Karaoke Shower), the Roundhouse, BIY People & Talent, Fidelity Guitars and Kycker in the room to offer advice and guidance too. Experts were available to discuss everything from forging a career as an artist to getting a business job in music and everything in-between. Every day we had Roundhouse Artists performing between 4-5pm.

Student being shown the Intellectual Property Office Karaoke Shower

The invitation was sent out for members of our Music Academic Partnership to get involved in the space and this year we saw pop-up performances from Southampton Solent University and University of Kent students / graduates. We saw a number of Outstanding MAP Graduate Award (OMG) nominees pop in to discuss their experiences of university and careers since graduation as well as members of UK Music’s Futures Group. We also supported a student from Southampton Solent University who was undertaking research on her final major project in our space. We welcomed many academics throughout the three days to support.


We had a number of special events over the three days too. Each day we showed the film ‘Three Sound Cities’ by academics from the University of Liverpool and on the Friday had a Q&A following the showing with film-makers Dr Haekyung Um and Dr Chen-yu Lin.

On Thursday the space hosted the MMF’s launch of their new report ‘Managing Expectations’.

On Friday the space hosted a ‘Resilience in the Music Industry’ panel with beatboxer and artist SK Shlomo, artist and producer Catherine Anne Davies, Music & You’s founder Jack Williamson and artist Katy Pickles. The MPA’s General Manager Lucie Caswell chaired the discussion which was followed by a special performance by SK Shlomo of excerpts of his critically acclaimed show ‘Surrender’ that was shortlisted for the Edinburgh Fringe Mental Health Award. This was followed by a performance by rapper ShaoDow.

On Saturday afternoon the space hosted a panel with the MU on ‘Night Safety’ with the MU’s PR & Marketing Official Keith Ames chairing. Joining him were composer, artist and University of Kent lecturer Anna Neale, singer Luisa Santiago, guitarist Zoe Konez and Music Leeds’ She/Her Project Coordinator Emily Marlow.


Copyright Panel – Camilla Waite (PPL), Florian Koempel (UK Music), Gee Davy (AIM), Simon Anderson (PRS for Music), Michael Sweeney (MU), Mulika Sannie (Kobalt) and Tom Farncombe (Hal Leonard)

During the event we also partnered on a panel with Hal Leonard called ‘Copyright – What You Need to Know’ involving Camilla Waite (PPL), Florian Koempel (UK Music), Gee Davy (AIM), Simon Anderson (PRS for Music), Michael Sweeney (MU), Mulika Sannie (Kobalt). The session was chaired by Hal Leonard’s Strategic Partnerships Director Tom Farncombe. UK Music’s Futures Group also held a panel discussion on Diversity & Inclusion in the Music Industry (tweet here). Both panels were held in the Roadhouse.

During the event UK Music’s Director of Education & Skills Oliver Morris met with James Stirling, Head of BBC Music and BBC Music Introducing here. Examples of other tweets from the event can be seen here, here and here.

All-in-all it was yet another fantastic success and UK Music look forward to running an even bigger and better Careers Fair next year!

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