Where to get careers advice

If you are interested in a career in music or already starting out and looking for general guidance, Creative Choices is a good starting point. It offers an insight into the reality of a professional career, with sections on Music Performance, Composition, Teaching and other specialist areas. We particularly recommend the article on ‘How to make a living in music’.

The National Careers Service has ‘job profiles’ for classical musician and pop musician, with basic advice and key facts about becoming a professional musician.

Joining a professional body can be a great way of accessing advice and resources about developing your career. Both the Musicians Union (MU) and the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) have information available to their members – and there are discounted membership option for students.

The ISM has some general information on careers with music

Rhinegold Publishing have launched a Musicians’ Handbook, described as ‘the essential guide for professional and aspiring musicians’. You can purchase a printed copy or download a digital edition from the link above.

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance has a helpful Careers Portal with links to useful sites and suggested reading as well as highlighting important development schemes open to young professional musicians.

Music development agency Generator provides free support and guidance for artists and bands throughout their career in the music industry. This includes music news, training information and important networking events.

Specialist advice for composers is available through toolkits produced by Sound and Music.

There are many blogs and other advice sites out there for musicians – for example, try ‘The Musicians’ Way’, 'Music Think Tank', 'BBC Introducing' and ‘Fresh on the Net’ for regularly updated articles and ideas.

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