Music Apprenticeships

It is normal to aim to follow your passions in your career. Music is many peoples’ biggest passion. Music apprenticeships are a popular route into the industry, and in this guide, we’re exploring some of the types of apprenticeships available and how to find a suitable role.

Roles in the Music Industry

Many people are looking for music production apprenticeships or sound engineering apprenticeships for the live UK music industry. These are just a few of the positions, and the industry has many more facets.

Not all music industry jobs are creative, and there are roles for those interested in music business management or even IT, finance, and admin.

Music apprenticeships are a great way to start your career in the music industry. Music is made up of several different genres and roles, and branches of the industry that talented people can explore.

Music needs to be recorded, singers need backing musicians, recording technicians and producers. Musicians need agents, record labels, and marketing staff.

Radio is still popular, with DJs, producers and researchers all playing a part in getting your favourite song on air. This leads to more positions and potential apprenticeships in music.

Live music industry apprenticeships are available in the UK, with careers including stage managers, stage crew or “roadie” jobs, and lighting technicians. As you can see, this is a varied industry with roles for people from diverse backgrounds and with diverse interests.

Benefits of a Music Apprenticeship

There are many Music apprenticeship schemes available across the UK. The benefits for apprentices include gaining a nationally recognised qualification, earning a wage and developing workplace skills on the job.

What makes a music apprenticeship so appealing?  Music apprenticeships offer the chance to work in an industry that you are passionate about and develop your skills. Music is a creative and dynamic industry, so it’s perfect for people who want to be constantly learning and developing their talents.

There are many qualifications in music and routes into music jobs for both trained musicians and those who just have a passion for music. However, it is fair to say that in many music industry roles, hands-on experience is valued even more than qualifications. If you are willing to learn how to be a stage technician or work in music marketing while you are on the job, an apprenticeship could be the way to go.

Apply For Music Apprenticeships

Some huge businesses and employers in the creative industries use an apprenticeship scheme as part of their recruitment strategy. Degree apprenticeships are rare in the music industry, with Intermediate and other types of apprenticeship being more common.

As discussed, music industry apprenticeships can be as varied as music journalism apprenticeships through to music instrument repair apprenticeships. There is a chance to find your niche within the industry.

If you’re looking for a music apprenticeship, take a look at our recently posted positions for music and the creative industries. You can apply for a position in the industry and take the opportunity to learn on the job.


Do I need to be musical for a music job?

Not necessarily, but it may help! The music industry is made up of many different disciplines and there are all sorts of opportunities for apprentices, even if they don’t know the first thing about making music.

Is music a stable career?

The music industry is ever-changing, so it’s difficult to say. However, if you’re passionate about music and have the drive to keep up with the latest trends, then a career in music could be perfect for you.

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