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Inspiration from innovation


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Inspiration can come from many areas of life, for Marc Steward, Careers Consultant at the University of Leeds music is his passion and the recent passing of Florian Schneider got him thinking about Kraftwerk the trailblazing band from Germany.

Marc outlines how these pioneers have had a massive influence on the music scene and in this time of change-and the ‘new normal’- how innovation and taking a chance can help you.

Now, I have a real issue when “celebrities” are picked out for obituaries by terrestrial news channels or social media feeds at a time when we are losing so many people to the terrible Covid-19 virus. I feel like it belittles the lives of people who, in their own ways, have contributed a great deal to the people they live and work with.

After all, much of my work is explaining to students what great experiences and skills they have and how to articulate these for application forms, CVs and mock interviews. It is not just “celebrities” who are “successful”. So, why break my own “rule” for this blog? And for who?!

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Volunteering as a final year student: Headingley LitFest experience

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This week, Georgia, a Music and Spanish graduate, talks about her experience with a month-long volunteering opportunity with Headingley LitFest in her final year. She gives an insight into her role in the project, and shares what the benefits are from volunteering alongside your studies.

My role volunteering at Headingley LitFest:

This year I took part in the Headingley LitFest as a volunteer. This month-long project had a number of different opportunities, and the committee were very happy to accommodate the volunteers’ desires and needs. I helped out with the setting up of a couple of events, as well as writing a review of the film screening event Jauja. I also played a significant role in the promotion of events through social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc. Continue reading

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How I got my job – Music Industry Events Account Manager

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Josh Karpf studied BA Music at Leeds, graduating in 2008 and now works as an Events Account Manager for Ministry of Sound. In this interview, he outlines how he developed his career in the music industry – starting back at Leeds – and how this led to his current position, as well as sharing his tips for anyone else interested in pursuing a similar career.

What events-related job roles are there in the music industry?

There are a huge range of events related jobs available within the music industry, from club promotions and event management to artist bookings and festival coordination.

What is your role and what does it involve?

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Getting into: The Music Business

So you want a career in the music business? It’s not going to be easy, but hopefully this blog post by our Careers Advisor Su Maynard will make your next steps a little clearer.


The music business is massive and with so many job roles, you really should be aware of what you are getting yourself into! Jobs are rarely for life and working in this industry tends to be more of a lifestyle choice than a 9-5 working week. This makes that initial research into what is available in this industry and whether or not it suits your skills, experience and interests, absolutely vital.  You might want to consider some of these starting points: Continue reading

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