The UK music sector continues to grow. Not only does it add to the UK’s culture scene, it is also a major contributor to the economy. According to a 2019 Music by Numbers report, the industry was worth £5.2 billion and employed nearly 200,000 people.
When you think of a career in music, your first thoughts may be of singers and musicians, however there are many other roles if your dream is a career in music. You could be behind the scenes setting up live events, song writing, composing or production, artist management, PR or even music journalism.
How much could I earn?
Pay is often determined by where in the country you live and work, however according to payscale.com, a musician or singer in their early career could earn around £32,000, whilst a music producer could earn around £27,000. Experienced music producers can charge up to £200 per hour, depending on their previous work and level of skill.
Income will vary based on whether you're freelance or employed, and whether you're developing your own music or working with others.
Top reasons to choose music as a career
Endless career paths
Working in music and being a musician are two different things. There are those who make the creative, and those who do all the behind the scenes jobs such as production, sound engineer, booking agent, concert promoter or even a music tutor. Where you end up in the industry will depend on your skills and where your interest lies.
Most careers within the music industry will mean your day-to-day duties will be varied. Every ‘gig’ will bring new experiences, new friendships and new chances to connect professionally.
Opportunities to be collaborative, creative and express emotion are key benefits to working in the music industry.
Learning a musical instrument helps the mind remain active and eventually sharpens memory. Older adults can also benefit from learning to play an instrument.
Whether performing or working behind the scenes, the music industry is certainly a fun industry to be part of.
Sense of achievement
Whether you study music as a profession or a hobby; for a performance or behind the scenes, you’ll certainly get a sense of achievement when a gig goes well.
South & City College have many music courses to suit your ambitions from short courses in the evening, all the way to degree level. Facilities include a concert venue; The Crossing at Digbeth is a 600 capacity working auditorium equipped with studios, specialist music technology and rehearsal rooms, together with a record label Cognito Music and extensive links with artists, production specialists and successful alumni.
Visit https://www.sccb.ac.uk/courses/music to see which course will help you achieve your dream.