UK Music Skills Academy Launches

Posted on July 11th, 2013 by in Music Industry News

A new virtual academy has been launched to help young people get a job in the music industry. The UK Music Skills Academy aims to develop a pool of young future-executives will be stocked by the brightest and best talent in the UK.

The UK Music Skills Academy is a new joint venture between UK Music and Creative & Cultural Skills, which aims to increase collaborative working between the music businesses and the education sector for the benefit of young people aspiring to work in the industry.

The Academy will enable the music industry to engage directly with training providers and will allow music businesses to directly influence the training of their future workforce, creating an easier mechanism for employers looking to take on apprentices.

This marks an unprecedented industry-led move to improve recruitment practises in the music business, and members of the Academy will work collaboratively to enable a wide variety of pathways to make it easier for young people to gain employment the music industry.

Each year hundreds of young people will have the opportunity to apply for apprenticeships with employers who are signed up to the initiative, including the likes of Universal Music, Sony Music, Warner Music, Beggars Group, Cherry Red, Live Nation, Britannia Row, Ad Lib and the National Arenas Association.

Students who choose to go on to further and higher education can also sign up with one of the Academy’s education partners, including the BRIT School, University of Hertfordshire and The Backstage Academy, and will benefit from master-classes and expert guidance from senior industry executives.

UK Music CEO Jo Dipple said: “There are thousands of different jobs in the music industry, from marketing new artists with an innovative digital strategy to rigging lights at a gig. These jobs are hugely prized and the purpose of our Skills Academy is to provide alumni with all the necessary tools to ensure they are at the front of the queue when music businesses are looking for new talent.

The Academy has also won support from government, with Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Skills Matthew Hancock saying, “Britain’s music scene is vibrant, but we want it to be better still. This Government has made a long term commitment to developing world class skills that are better suited to employer needs and start young people off on rewarding career paths.

More information is available from the UK Music website.


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