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Resources: How to build a career in the music industry

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Embarking on a career in music is often seen as a risky move, especially if you don't have any industry contacts, or you're not able to work for free. As a charity, we're working to reduce those barriers.

But that doesn't mean a career in music is impossible. 

From artists and producers to music marketers and journalists, now more than ever the next generation are finding smart, unconventional ways around these barriers to do it themselves. 

Our new report found that if you want to create a sustainable career in music, you need to have multiple skillsets.

That's why we've partnered with young creators working in the music industries right now to bring you useful resources to help you build a career in music. Check them out below.

10 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Went Freelance

By Manoel Bolutife Akure

Freelance graphic designer, photographer and musician Manoel shares 10 things he wish he knew before he went freelance.

How to do it yourself (DIY)

Live in Lockdown: advice for new DJs

Live in Lockdown is a series of interviews with young DJs and producers about their experiences getting into DJing, how their careers and creativity has been affected by lockdown and their advice for new DJs. 

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How to navigate the music industry as a POC

(and convince your parents it's a good idea)

"Whether you’re contemplating what’s next for you after graduation, or you’re ready to ditch your 9 to 5, here’s a guide to what the industry is really like as a person of colour and some key points to navigating it (and maybe even convincing your parents it’s a good idea)."

Creating a music brand: Where to start and how to stand out


Musician Liz aka IRIDIS, has been managing her music brand for a few years now. Check out her advice on where to start when developing a brand for your music, how to create an online persona, and how to make your brand stand out in the music industry.

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Stuck In A Rut? Here’s The ULTIMATE To-Do List To Get You Going Again!

Struggling to stay motivated in lockdown? Bolu Bello has you sorted with her top ten tips to get yourself out of a rut.

Want to be featured on our site? Pitch to us!

We're still growing this section of our website, and we're looking for young people working in the music industry to share their tips and knowledge, or interview music industry figures with theirs. Pitch us your idea in our online form.