Resource Links for Event Promotion

The following links and advice will help you promote an event you are organising. Publicity for a ‘one off’ gig uses different strategies to the long-term promotion of your music as an artist.

Advice about a long-term publicity campaign to promote your music and yourself as an artist can be found on B Sharp’s Links for Music Promotion, Marketing & Getting Heard


B Sharp has written a publicity guide for promoting gigs, as part of its free online short course on event/project planning. It covers strategies to co-ordinate a multi-media campaign using press, social media, posters and how to create content that will connect with your audience etc. The guide will help you use the links below to tell your story.

Promote a Gig advice by , Guide.

Watch the 2nd video (under 5 minutes) at the bottom of the page in this link, of Harvey Goldsmith, one of the UK’s iconic event promoters, giving great advice on the most important parts of event promotion. Excellent music business advice! It’s not all about publicity, it’s about problem solving and communication between a team to create the best possible experience for the audience and performers.

JamMob has useful blogs about music marketing. It has various categories such as concert promotion, social media, radio, mobile marketing, publishing and more.

The Youth Media Agency is the National home for UK Youth Media: raising the profile of, and supporting over 300 exciting media platforms. They deliver campaign and media training, working with 16-25 year olds.


Sending in a story of around 300 words to your local press will often get you free editorial coverage. Many more people read their local newspaper than national ones, so it is a good way to reach a potential audience who are near your gig venue. The first paragraph should use the 5 Ws rule – who, what, when, why, where. More advice about when and what to put in a press release can be found in B Sharp’s publicity guide. In addition, good advice about writing press releases has been written by Ideas Tap  and can be seen here: How to write a press release. They have also blogged Five common press release mistakes.

A really good contemporary piece of advice about press releases has been written by . It makes full use of links to social media, images and story telling. She says, “The content and structure of press releases have a far greater influence on the visibility of the message, and as competition for attention increases, the formula for a successful press release is changing. Here are some ways to freshen the news releases your organization publishes, and get more results for your campaigns.”


Having a website as a promoter, or an organisation running events is an important way to keep people aware what you are doing. Your website is the place where you can tell your story in its fullest form, using text, video, audio, photos and has the ability to be designed and navigated to attract and lead viewers to what you want to say. It is important to keep it up to date. All other campaign tools can direct people to your website so you can tell your story in full. You can create QR codes for print material so that smart phones can be directed to your website on the spot, from wherever they see your poster, newspaper advert etc.


Great advice on how to use social media to promote events/organisations/projects by SoundDelivery. It explains the pros and cons of various social media sites, etiquette, and how to tell your story and interact with your audience. Some sites help you track how effective your posts are so that you can evaluate what works and prioritise your tools and time.

Facebook. Social media site to share information with friends/fans. It is an important tool to let potential customers know about what you are doing. You can create an event page and invite friends who can then invite their friends. It can be interactive and updated as news develops about your event. Facebook tools:

Twitter. Social media site for short blogs of up to 140 characters. Useful to link your more detailed story on another site.  For concise advice, see this infographic on how to create the perfect Tweet.

YouTube. Video sharing. The second biggest search engine (after Google), so a very important tool to tell your story. If you are promoting a small event, you may not have the resources or time to make a promotional video. However, one or more of your artists may have uploaded a video of their work and you can link your publicity to this. Videos are easier and more accessible for viewers than text. To make a video, see

Vimeo Same principle as YouTube. Video sharing – Upload, share, connect on your TV and phone, sell your work, promote your event.

Soundcloud. Link your event campaign to any uploads by your performers on Soundcloud. It is an online audio distribution platform which allows collaboration, promotion and distribution of audio recordings. SoundCloud enables anyone to upload, record, promote and share their originally created sounds across the internet, in a simple, accessible and feature-rich way. As an artist, it’s a good way to get feedback on music you are producing/remixing. Twitter: @SoundCloud

Mixcloud‘s mission is to deliver great radio, for everyone. They describe themselves as “Re-thinking radio, joining the dots between traditional shows, Podcasts and DJ mixes. Still curious? Check our FAQTeam page. Upload your own music, interview your band etc to make a small radio show.” You could make a short audio piece about you event and direct people to it e.g. through Facebook and Twitter.

Audioboo allows people to record and upload audio that can then be shared via other social networks. Audio can be recorded and uploaded straight from your phone or computer, allowing you to become a “social reporter” at events – where a group of people interactively and jointly contribute to some form of reporting, in text, photos, images or video. You could make a short audio piece about you event and direct people to it through Facebook and Twitter. An example of Audioboo at work is Zoe Ivory from the Big Lottery talking about the importance of blogging. Twitter: @theboobot

Blogging – opinion pieces, behind the scenes, what’s happening. They give more information than Facebook or Twitter. You could blog about the artists in your event, why you are putting the gig on, funny things that have happened when organising it etc. Lots of tips about blogging can be found on these links: basic blogging and blogging resources.  How to become an online ‘influencer’ Blog with 10 tips on how to become an influencer, as a ‘taste maker’ and opinion former.

Linkedin is a network for professionals to interact, get advice and support and make connections and endorsements. Useful for promoters, musicians and the music industry. Check out the range of groups with mutual interests e.g. Event Peeps: For Live Event Industry Professionals. The groups have lots of discussions and you can ask questions and receive advice from experienced peers.

MailChimp helps you design email newsletters, share them on social networks, integrate with services you already use, and track your results. There is MailChimp for Music.

Storify users curate what people post on social media and turn them into stories. Create your own stories about what you do, your music etc.
Addthis. Merge tag tools for sharing – allows readers to share your music/story/campaign with their friends by connecting your posts to other sites. Add ‘follow’ and ‘share’ buttons to your social media sites.

Hootsuite is a tool that allows you to manage all of your social media accounts in one place. Control all of your accounts on the move with the mobile version. You can set up times for posts to be released, so that a social media campaign can be coordinated to ‘amplify’ your story at times most likely to be read. Twitter: @hootsuite or @HootSuite_Help

GigaTools manages your gig promotion publicity across several social media sites. Designed for artists, DJs, bands, labels and agents to manage, promote and share their upcoming gigs online. A little like Hootsuite.

ReverbNation – Similar to Hootsuite but designed just for music. It can update all of your online profiles with new information from one central location and track stats from all of your social media sites. Reverb Nation also gives you multiple ways to sell your music, from linking to your offsite shop on your Reverb Nation profile with a free membership to having your music on iTunes and Amazon in exchange for a nominal membership fee.

Digital toolkit – websites for modern musicians seeking to promote and distribute their music, or for music entrepreneurs looking to develop their businesses.


Lemon Rock. A site that automatically finds your location (it asks for your permission) and then gives a local gig guide. Register your gig.

South West Music Services This is your portal to concerts, gigs and other music related events in the South West of England. If you would like a reciprocal link please get in touch. Bands, Jazz, classical and more. Register your gig.

Gig Guide provide information on Gigs, Live Music Venues, Wedding and Function Bands, Music Festivals and a host of other music related businesses in the UK. Register your gig.

Music Glue has event listings and offers services to support gigging artists. Register your gig.

Vocalist Gig Guide Add Your Gigs FREE to our online Gig Guide.  Amateur to Professional Solo & Duo Singers, Vocalists, Musicians, Songwriters, Venues, Pubs, Clubs, Covers & Original Acts.


You may want technical expertise or other resources for your event, whether it’s at home or you are taking a show on tour. To find what you need, you could use Showcase, the International music directory. Find contact details for a vast range of specialist suppliers to the music industry – concert services, venues, equipment, recording studios, music business services, media, musical equipment and musical equipment hire.

Links to Music Resources and Support

Here are some links to music resources. They are a little random. A bit of a lucky dip odds and ends list.

Music Jokes! Just for fun.

LP Cover Lover Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of record covers from the golden age of LPs. Lots of quirky categories.

Monkeyboxing is the number one blog for FUNK, SOUL, HIP-HOP, NU/ GHETTO FUNK, associated MASH-UPS/ BOOTLEGS and a bit of REGGAE, SKA and PSYCH. We bring you the latest news, (p)reviews, features and release details because we’re all about the funky bumpin’ beats. Put simply, if you’re someone who thinks fat drum breaks and basslines are the apex of musical culture, then you’ve come to the right place. Lots of links to related music and lifestyle sites.

Bemuso Great insight and information “Debunking music biz middlemen, info about the industry and web for indie musicians”.

Are you a songwriter? Lots of advice about publishing, contracts, protecting your rights and marketing on the International Songwriters Association site. E.g. The Basics, an impressive list of songwriting links.

Music Publishers Association’s code of fair practice concerning copyright.

B Sharp’s Links to Music Training and Colleges.

An excellent resource page by the International Association of Music Libraries with links to loads of interesting information about music.

British Music Information Centre Links to music resources. A little random!

CV circulated to friends and members of AIM.

Advice on starting a record label.

Free Music Archive is an interactive library of high-quality, legal audio downloads. Radio has always offered the public free access to new music. The Free Music Archive is a continuation of that purpose, designed for the age of the internet. Search by genre or curator. Listen or download.

WFMU – FM is a listener-supported, non-commercial radio station and is currently the longest running freeform radio station in the United States. Worth checking out. WFMU’s programming ranges from flat-out uncategorizable strangeness to rock and roll, experimental music, 78 RPM Records, jazz, psychedelia, hip-hop, electronica, hand-cranked wax cylinders, punk rock, gospel, exotica, R&B, radio improvisation, cooking instructions, classic radio airchecks, found sound, dopey call-in shows, interviews with obscure radio personalities and notable science-world luminaries, spoken word collages, Andrew Lloyd Webber soundtracks in languages other than English as well as Country and western music.

British Music Magazines A comprehensive list of British music magazines, with links to them.

List of online music databases including a list of sites that currently provide free and paid for on demand music as a streaming media.

List of Online Music Stores with number of tracks (in millions) and type of format – WAV, MP3, FLAC, ALAC, AAC, WMA, DRM, Vorbis.

Music Software list Listed here are articles for free and commercial software concerned with various aspects of music creation or enjoyment. Music software covers a wide array of functions ranging from musical composition softwareaudio recording software and editingmusic synthesis softwaremusic playing software, music education tools, etc.

Free sheet music Over 1 million musical scores, categorised by instrument or composer.

Index of Musicians Biographies of over 8,000 musicians and bands.

Music and environmental responsibility. From Julie’s Bicycle website, “Our global infrastructure – including music – is reliant on fossil fuels and other finite natural resources. It is critical that we revalue, reconfigure and rebalance what we do. The music industry can make a positive difference by transforming the way it does business”. Here’s how – guides for artists, producers, festivals, record labels, orchestras etc.

HSE Entertainment Information Sheets Health and safety guidance provided by the HSE on a number of operational areas in film, broadcasting, theatre and live events.

KFTV – the worldwide guide to film and production services. KFTV is essential for anyone involved in finding suppliers for producing films, TV programmes and commercials.The website enables you to find facilities around the world – helping you to find the very best production equipment hirestudiospost-production facilitiesfilm crewcrew servicesbroadcasting facilitiesproduction companies, and location services.

The Knowledge is a leading UK based online directory service for the video and broadcast production industry, enabling users to find film and TV contacts as well as a wide variety of production information. It helps you choose from over 20,000 UK and international production suppliers. It’s frequently updated, free to use and you don’t need to register. (You can register to get lots of free extras.) The Post Prduction and Sound section is particularly relevant to music.

Music Business: Producers is a resource for the music industry, including record companies, music business attorneys, managers and producers information.

A glossary of terms used about copyright, copying and distribution of music on computers.

The Live Music Forum is a group of independent live music campaigners representing the interests of performers and gig goers.

The government’s Departure of Culture, Media and Sport. DCMS works to make sure the communications, creative, media, cultural, tourism, sport and leisure economies have the framework to grow and have real impact on people’s lives.

The Musical Instrument Makers Forum: Acoustic guitar building, electric guitar making, archtop guitar building, violin making, dulcimer making, mandolin building, banjo building, or any other type of lutherie; pickup winding and rewinding; drum making; flute and recorder making and repair; brass instrument building and repair; and more.

Musical instrument makers A massive list of musical instrument makers and suppliers.

Musical instrument repairers What they do, qualifications and how to learn to be one, trade associations.

A large set of links for music resources. Quite a few are out of date and sites are not found, but many are still live and useful.

If you know of more useful links, please comment.

Links to Music Blogs/News/Discussion/Interaction

Here are some links to help you interact with others connected to music. Always pay attention to Internet safety when talking to others online.

A complete B Sharp music resource menu can be found in  Links to Progress your Music Interests and Journey.

Music Blogs/News/Discussion/Interaction Resources:

Bemuso blogs about everything you want to know as an independant musician, with information about getting your music out into the world and insights into the music industry. Very good and lots of detail.

British Music Magazines A comprehensive list of British music magazines, with links to them.

Alltop. An “online magazine rack” of the web. They do this by collecting the headlines of the latest stories from the best sites and blogs that cover a topic. This is their Music Selection.

NME Music magazine. News, tickets (thousands of artists), videos, blogs, new music, reviews.

BBC music learning resource lists key magazines to check out on page 20 of this great document.

Channel 4 Music What’s on, news, videos and more.

Classical Music UKLeading UK Classical Music news and jobs website. Twitter: @classicalmusuk

Music Week: Industry news/insight from the Music Week team. Twitter: @MusicWeekNews

Electronic music blogs like Generation Bass, Tropical Bass, SoundNomaden, Radio Canalh, OrganikFunk and Eclectikstudio. On Facebook e.g. sublvl

Ted videos on music – Ted is a site of “Ideas worth spreading”.

Musicians Against Playing for Free is a Facebook page with lots of examples of promoters trying to get professional musicians to play at their events for free with the lure that the performers will get future offers of paid work – getting your name about etc. Strong arguments supporting resistance against this. Why is the musician expected to be the first to not get paid at an event?

In B Flat turns user generated content into user generated composition by embedding video of people making music (in the key of Bb) on the same web page and allows you to: play them together, some or all, start them at any time, in any order. You are the remixer. Great idea.

MusicDish An online community gathering music sites & webradio. Several different services: a creative approach to artist development and representation; online press release distribution & marketing; publications disclosing all the latest information involving the music industry; and even a indie music video channel.

Discussion forum for musicians, especially music technology – studio work, software, hardware, DJing, buying/selling, collaborations.

Create Hub ‘Writing about those beautiful collaborations between art and creative technology.’ All art forms covered, including music e.g. an interview with Max Cooper, the electronica and Techno producer and his new 4D project of surround sound. Innovative stuff! Twitter: @CreateHubUK

Music Education UKIndependent national magazine, news and information for everyone in the music education sector. International music ed conferences in Asia and Europe. Twitter: @MusicEdUK Factmagazine describe themselves as: The world’s most on-it music magazine, and home of the weekly FACT mix series. Twitter: @factmagazine

The Quietus A new rock music and pop culture website. Twitter: @theQuietus

The FutureEverything Island provides a place for technologists, thinkers and creatives to share, innovate, & bring the #futr into the present. Twitter: @FuturEverything

Sentric Music. Music Publishing/Synchronisation/Royalty Collection & much more. Home to *thousands* of artists/bands & getting their music on TV. Twitter: @SentricMusic

Blog example of The Unsigned guide. Must pay to be a member to access full service

Mattew Moran blog site Reflections on the music industry.

Free music software blog Discussion on favourite free music software from the Youth Music Network.

Arts & Business. From Twitter – Arts & Business unites culture and commerce to create a better future for both. Tweet us with questions. Twitter: @arts_business

Twitter Music. Music related tweets from around the world. @TwitterMusic

Guardian music. Twitter: Squashing music into 140 characters since 2008 @guardianmusic

BBC Music Magazine. Twitter: The official random musings of the BBC Music Magazine editorial team @MusicMagazine

BBC Radio 1. Twitter: This is the official Twitter account for BBC Radio 1. Talk to us, ask us questions, get involved!@BBCR1 and @BBCR1MusicNews

MusicTank. Twitter: A unique, neutral information hub for UK music business…addressing change and innovation through informed debate, objective analysis and industry engagement. @MusicTank

If you know of other links that would be useful, please comment.

Links to Funding Support for Individual Musicians and Music Entrepreneurs

These links may help individual musicians find financial support to progress – in training, buying an instrument, touring etc.

Different ways and places to study music can be found in Links to Music Training and Colleges

More learning resources may be found from organisations listed in Links to Organisations Supporting Young People’s Music Education

Solo musicians, bands and music ensembles may find additional help from organisations listed in this B Sharp blog: Links to Music Resources, Organisations and Support

A complete B Sharp music resource menu can be found in  Links to Progress your Music Interests and Journey.

There are 3 sections to this page:

Funding Support for Individual Musicians as Students

Funding Support for Individuals as Music Entrepreneurs.

Funding Support for Individual Musicians as Professionals


Need help paying for music lessons or buying an instrument? Awards for Young Musicians give grants and other support to individual young musicians.

EMI Music Sound Foundation provides two types of awards: Firstly, the Instrument and/or Equipment awards which allows schools, music teachers and individuals in full time education to apply directly to the Foundation for assistance with the purchase of musical instruments and/or equipment up to a total of £2,000. Secondly, the Bursary awards which allow students at the colleges/organisations detailed in the link to apply for assistance with fees and/or living expenses (these are handled directly by the college/organisation). They have a large directory of other funders and resources who support musicians in various ways.

The Royal College of Music lists 29 Trusts that support music students, with links to them. The RCM has more advice on living costs and what you need to budget for as a student.

Uni Grants A 3 page list of Trusts and grants that help students study music at University. Scroll down past the first ones that are not related to music.

The Richard Ely Trust for Young Musicians.  Our purpose is to promote, improve, develop and advance education in and the appreciation of music in all its aspects for young people under the age of 21 resident in or educated within Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole with a particular view to assisting those in financial hardship.

Bursaries for training to teach singing and choral conducting are available to teachers and vocal leaders working with primary school children and also to those aged 16-26 considering a career in this area.

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland International Opera Scholarships. A considerable number of Scholarships are awarded each year on the basis of competitive auditions with a special panel, which take place at the time of the main auditions.

The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music provides student scholarships and is the best known practical music examining board.

Music Scholarships at colleges in the UK. 13 pages with dozens of listings.

Scholarship Search Uk Provides a freely searchable database of undergraduate and postgraduate awards and other forms of student funding including commercial sponsorship, competitions and prizes, expedition awards and help with child care in the UK. E.g. see their listings for undergraduate scholarships at music colleges and how much they give.

The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance, London offers Higher Diploma scholarships for Guitar, Bass, Drum and Vocal students. Fully funded places (worth £5950 for UK based students and £7200 for international students) on the one-year intensive course. Closing date for applications in 2014 is 10 March.

National Scholarship Programme You can apply for a bursary if your household income is £25,000 a year or less. The bursary can be one or more of the following:

  • a cash bursary of up to £1,000
  • help with tuition fees and accommodation
  • a free foundation year (a programme that helps students meet the entry criteria for a higher education course)

Life Long Learning financial support links.

The Educational Grants Advisory Service (EGAS). This service provides advice and information on sources of funding available for higher and further education and training. It gives priority to disadvantaged students. Phone: 020 7254 6251 (2-4pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays)

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) provides information on which student loans, bursaries and other help you may be entitled to get. You can look at student finance on their education and learning page. Phone: 020 7215 5555

Access to Learning Fund Students in financial hardship who need extra help to start a course or stay in higher education, could get help from the Access to Learning Fund. Any money you get is paid on top of your other student finance. Your university or college decides:

  • who gets the money
  • how much you can get

Loans and Grants for students: Tuition fee loan, Maintenance loan for living costs, Maintenance grant for living costs, Special support grant.

Extra help for students. You might qualify for extra help on top of your main student finance package. Use the student finance calculator to see what extra help you can get. Numerous funds are targeted at: Students on a low-income, Students with children or dependant adults, Disabled students, Medical/social work/teacher training students.

Leaving Local Authority Care If you’ve been in local authority care, you can apply for:

  • a one-off bursary of £2,000 from your local authority
  • a bursary from your university or college

Thomas Wall Trust is for the “encouragement and assistance of educational work and social service”. Today, the Trust continues to assist in these areas by providing grants to individuals and organisations. The Trustees welcome applications from people who want to break through the barriers in their lives and life chances by pursuing technical or skill-based training which will improve their prospects of finding paid work.

Amber Music Awards The Amber Trust was set up to help all blind and partially sighted children (up to the age of 18) – including those with additional disabilities – to access and enjoy music. Amber Music Awards exist to provide financial grants to individual children and young people in support of this vision. They have 3 funding rounds per year. They support:

  • Music lessons
  • Music therapy sessions
  • The purchase of musical instruments
  • The purchase of specialist software or other technology
  • The purchase of concert tickets
  • Travel to attend musical events

Jessie’s Fund A small charity helping children with additional and complex needs through the use of music. The majority of their larger grants to organisations tend to be between £2,000 and £7,000. Grants to individuals are usually no more than £500, with a priority to help children with more complex needs or life-limiting conditions.

Strummerville is a registered charity that gives support to aspiring musicians and help to projects that help change the world through music. Set up by the friends and family of Joe Strummer in the year after his death, the charity seeks to reflect Joe’s unique contribution to the music world by offering support, resources and performance opportunities to artists who would not normally have access to them.

Future Talent find, fund, nurture and monitor gifted musicians aged between 5 and 18 whose current financial circumstances are preventing them from fulfilling their musical potential. They award funding for a variety of needs including:

  • Lessons
  • Instrument purchase
  • Fees for membership to national or local training ensembles
  • Junior conservatoire fees
  • Residential training course fees
  • Graded music exam fees

Christine Brown Trust for Young Musicians offers financial support to exceptionally talented young musicians under 19 years of age, who are UK residents and who are experiencing financial hardship.

The Wrightson Trust are most interested in benefiting young musicians (generally between 10 – 18 years old) showing promise and commitment in financially difficult circumstances. Distributions have ranged between £100 and £800.

The Countess of Munster Musical Trust  Deadline(s): Various.

The Trust provides financial assistance towards the musical education of individual students. What they fund: The Trust’s principal aim is to support young musicians, i.e. instrumentalists, singers, conductors and composers, of exceptional ability. There are three available categories of funding. Grants for study. Loans for instrument purchase. Stephen Oliver Award, a biennial award allocated to an artist who can develop a new piece of musical theatre.

The Martin Musical Scholarship Deadline: February

The Philharmonia Orchestra Martin Musical Scholarship Fund, administered by the Philharmonia Orchestra, has given invaluable support to countless young musicians since 1968. Usually over 60 awards are made each year. For young, gifted musicians, these awards enable them to either continue or complete an essential period of study that, due to financial constraints, may otherwise have been impossible. The culmination of the Fund’s commitment is to offer the opportunity of a recital at the Purcell Room at Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, which for these talented performers is an inspiring occasion that marks a milestone in their careers.

The Worshipful Company of Musicians encourages and promotes musical performance and education to the highest professional standards.

What they fund: With a focus on young musicians, packages of support prizes and scholarships, performance opportunities, medals that recognise excellence and achievement.

Turn2Us is a general website aimed at helping people from all backgrounds find funding sources. Use the search function to identify trusts who may be able to help you. This is a very useful starting point when looking for funding, and can also help you identify whether you are eligible for any other UK benefits.

Student Cash Point is a comprehensive website for students seeking funding for university study in the UK.

Links to Entertainment Charities compiled by the Equity Charitable Trust. They may not help musicians but if you are an actor/musician or are/want to be involved in the entertainment industry, these charities may be worth checking out.


The Unsigned Guide An online music industry directory with more than 8,800 UK music business contacts spanning 50 areas of the industry. A subscription website with some free documents, including a funding guide. Worth checking out.

AIM loans: a new Government-backed scheme offering access to finance for independent music companies and entrepreneurs. The AIM Start Up Loans initiative will see the trade body be responsible for assessing applications and approving personal loans ranging from £1,000 up to £25,000 for business purposes. The loans can be paid back in 1-5 years, with interest fixed at 6%. The average loan amount is £5,700.

The Lowde Music Enterprise Awards. In the current economic climate it is becoming increasingly difficult for young creative entrepreneurs to secure investment. Such investment is key to the future development of the music industry, in terms of music creation, recording and performance. The Trust has established a series of Awards targeted at supporting young adults who are interested in setting up business in the music industry.

Music Business Funding Advice about finding different types of investors in music business start-ups.

International Business Seed Accelerators Over 170 links to business investors/accelerators around the world. Q: What is an accelerator? A: A program that works with entrepreneurs to take their products to market – fast and furious. Some are for-profit, others not-for profit. Some provide equity investment, some provide onsite team building. All provide mentoring and most connect entrepreneurs to exceptional networks – market and medium related. Thanks to Alice Loy, PhD on LinkedIn for this list.

How to Crowdfund, where creative people sell perks and rewards to fans in order to fund their project. Advice with further links:

  • Crowdfunding Tips
  • Blast Theory case study A 28 page case study and Crowdfunding user guide by Blast Theory arts organisation, about their experience when raising money to launch their artistic app ‘Karen’. A good report with good advise.

Popular crowdfunding platforms for musicians include:

  • Indiegogo
  • Kickstarter
  • WeFund
  • Crowdfunder – a crowdfunding broker for the arts.
  • Pledge Music allows artists to create a customised menu of exclusive content and experiences that integrate your email database, Facebook fans, Twitter followers and various other social networking sites. You decide how much money you’d like to raise and your fans pledge money for whichever item or experience they want.
  • Crowdfunding Guide – a list of more crowd funding organisations.


Tillett Trust financially supports young classical musicians when they need it most at the very start of their professional solo careers.

Help Musicians UK (formally the Musicians’ Benevolent Fund) help musicians of all genres in a variety of ways. Deadline(s): Various

What they fund: The Musicians’ Benevolent Fund offers a strong collection of awards to young musicians, included targeted emphasis on cellists, female singers, musical theatre, songwriters and disadvantaged young people aged 14-18.

The site also has an advice page with a search tool to find funding for projects, students and under 18s, musical instruments etc.

Enter your details and click on the search button to see a list of results.

In addition, Help Musicians UK help musicians who play, sing or create all styles of music. They support:

• Musicians at the start of their careers who need support as they join the profession.

• Musicians who hit a crisis such as an illness or accident during their working lives.

• Musicians who are thinking about retirement, as well as those later on in their lives.

To qualify for this help, you need to have worked or be working in the music profession. Their help also extends to those who work in related occupations such as record producers, piano tuners and sound engineers and can occasionally help the dependants of musicians. Twitter: @MusiciansBFund

Emerging Musicians Fund Help Musicians UK and PledgeMusic have opened applications for the Emerging Artists Fund. Targeting acts with a DIY drive to build a long-term career, the scheme enables selected artists to run their own PledgeMusic campaign and to access a top-up grant from Help Musicians UK once they hit their funding target. The Emerging Artists Fund is open to UK based artists of any genre and will run from 4 November 2016 to November 2017, with 3 submission rounds.

The PRS Foundation supports artists to in turn support communities through music. Through residencies, community projects and commissions, PRS encourage artists and ensembles to reach their full potential. PRS has a number of funding schemes for Individuals and Organisations & Groups and supports the creation and the touring of new work. Read their advice on writing funding applications. Twitter: @PRSFoundation

If you know of other links that may be useful, please comment below.

Links to Music Jobs and Volunteering

The following may help you find jobs related to music. Performing is a very small part of the music industry, so you don’t have to play music to have a music career. Volunteering is also a good way to gain experience and get your foot in the door of an organisation.

When thinking about jobs in the music industry, check out the B Sharp Links to Music Organisations, Resources and Support and Links to Organisations Supporting Young People’s Music Education. The range of organisations supporting music is enormous and they all need people to make it happen. If you want to be an independent musician, strategies to promote yourself and get noticed can be found on B Sharp’s Links for Music Promotion, Marketing & Getting Heard.

A complete B Sharp music resource menu can be found in  Links to Progress your Music Interests and Journey.

If you know of other useful links, please comment in the reply box below.

Types of Jobs

Short videos describing jobs in the music industry. From the BBC.

Types of jobs with salary guidelines in the music industry – as artists, producers, promoters, journalists, managers, instrument makers, business, recording, touring, education, merchandising etc

Music industry job descriptions. Not quite sure which job in the music industry is the right one for you? These career profiles will help you narrow down the choices and find your music biz calling.

Get Into Music – a website by creative-choices that explains the different roles in the music industry with testimonials from leaders in their field.  A good section is the Jobs Profiles e.g. what it’s like and how to be a stage manager, promoter, lighting designer for shows, instrument technician, conductor, performer etc. 

Careers in Community Music information sheet – advice by Soundsense.

Careers in Sound Recording Good information about work in recording studios, what it involves and skills and attitudes required e.g. digital technology is down sizing studios so that more and more work is by independent freelance sound engineers who will need some small business skills to support their work.

Music Librarian A site by the Music Library Association explaining what a music librarian is, how to become one and career prospects.

More useful blogs from people in the creative industries, giving insights into what they do e.g. performing electronic music, hip hop producer, organise live events, how to make a career as a DJ.

Blog on careers advice: Three Intelligent Ways to Make a Living as a Musician.

What is a Music Therapist?

Session Musician. Work for high quality musicians and singers who can sight read and play or sing anything demanded of them. Usually for recording and TV studios. See advice for session singers.

Dep Musician Deputising singers and musicians fill in and replace people for a period of time in bands etc who have an established set.

Finding a Job

Dep Musicians in the UK – Needed and Available A busy Facebook group with request listings for singers and musicians in the UK. Frequent requests for people to work on cruise ships.

Bemuso gives advice to the self-employed independent musician. A brilliant resource.

Entertainment and Music Jobs about 50 internet sites with jobs around the world for musicians.

Music Internships Opportunities for internships to get experience and develop networks in the music industry; on the Big Music Project website, helping young people enter the industry.

Violet Jobs is a job site for music careers. They allow users to browse and apply to jobs for free and are dedicated to helping people reach their career goals.

Starnow Hundreds of musician jobs, categorised by instrument.

Rhinegold music publishers have Jobs listings in music education, performers and music industry.

Job listings and opportunities on the Creative Choices website – some are music related.

The Media Directory A Media Industry & Performing Arts Networking Directory & Job Listings Site. Film/TV/Stage, Music, Photography, Dance, Comedy, Art & More. Launching March 2013. Twitter: @mediadirectory1

Twitter site only: Music Jobs in UK @MusicJobs_UK

UK Music Jobs. In Twitter they describe themselves as: We source the best jobs in the music industry in the UK and deliver them all to your inbox. Check our USA sister site @usmusicjobs UK Twitter: @ukmusicjobs

Musical Chairs Classical music jobs around the world. For instrumentalists, voice, conductors, composers, repetiteurs, administration, management, finance, marketing, education and more. Lots of other resources – courses, directories of orchestras and musicians, instrument sales and competitions.

Shooting People Jobs for composers and sound in films.

Sound and Music Various music and sound opportunities in the UK.

Classical Artists Provides a free webpage for registered users allowing a picture and up to 150 words of text to promote yourself.

Rhinegold music publishers have a jobs section. have links to sites that have various music related jobs e.g. music jobs, artist managers and music producer jobs.

MusicTank’s jobs board provides a platform for jobs, internships and work experience positions for both music industry professionals and those seeking to get into the music industry space.

Music Network Pro International music recruitment service listing music professionals, jobs and opportunities. Keeping music professionals connected. See UK music jobs and UK Singer jobs. Twitter: @musicnetworkpro

Music Gateway: find session work, talent and collaborate worldwide.

Career Jet have lots of music related jobs listed.

Festival elves, pixies and the odd gnome ( trolls need not apply) This friendly Facebook page is primarily about joining up people for work at festivals – carpenters, electricians, transporters, stewards, recyclers/litter pickers, bar work, promotion writers – anything that makes an event happen. Positions can be paid or voluntary. If you are putting on an event, it’s a good site to ask questions and find resources.

Festival Volunteer gives you access to some of the UK’s premier festivals in exchange for two or three 2-9 hour shifts behind one of our unique on-site bars. This is a great opportunity to get involved, see some great live music and become part of our festival community! Facebook Twitter: @FestyVolunteer

Work at Music Festivals UK provides you with a constant stream of festival work opportunities, paid and volunteer. This facebook site posts work opportunities as they are released so that you don’t miss out! They give links directly to the festivals that are recruiting. Volunteer work is a good way to get your foot in the door and make connections.

Arts Jobs posted on the Arts Council website  – adverts for a range of opportunities within the arts sector including positions that require specialist knowledge and skills, and unskilled positions at arts organisations – which help organisations to run effectively and deliver great art. Twitter: @arts_news and @artsjobs

Job adverts. You can find jobs and volunteering positions advertised on the Youth Music Network: browse all current job adverts.

Apprenticeships in the arts. Click here for Music Business and Live Events and Promotion

Apprenticeships in Choral Conducting and courses for choral conducting, including the Young Conductors’ Programme.

The Association of British Choral Directors (ABCD) has a list of current job vacancies at the bottom of their home page.

Advice and Support

The ISM guide for young musicians A 10 page document with good advice for music students, graduates and all musicians looking to develop their careers. Arm yourself with the advice and insight you need to get your career off to a flying start or to develop your career further.

Variety of blogs with advice on developing careers for creative people.

National Careers Service Government run information and advice service to help you get on in work and life.

Working for yourself? Got a lot of questions about tax, National Insurance, business records and expenses? The government has information about registering with HM Revenue & Customs, what you can claim as expenses and more information on their page Working For Yourself.

Skillset supports skills and training for people and businesses to make sure the UK audio-visual industries maintain their world-class position. They offer careers advice and guidance. Phone: 020 7713 9800

How to earn a living as a composer – a blog with advice on various ways to make money from your compositions.

Advice on writing a cover letter when submitting a job application.

5 common cover letter mistakes when applying for a job.

Make your CV/resume sound like it’s written by a real person. LinkedIn blog.

5 common CV mistakes.

5 common portfolio mistakes by Ideas Tap.

CV circulated to friends and members of AIM.

Getting work – Good advice.

Musicians Against Playing for Free is a Facebook page with lots of examples of promoters trying to get professional musicians to play at their events for free with the lure that the performers will get future offers of paid work – getting your name about etc. Strong arguments supporting resistance against this. Why is the musician expected to be the first to not get paid at an event?


Work experience is most likely to be available to those that the host organisation already knows. Participating in events and getting to know people who work in organisations you admire improves your chances of working in that organisation considerably. For volunteering opportunities, look here:

Several volunteering sites for the UK and abroad are listed and linked on the Know How Non Profit website.

Others are:

I Want To Volunteer is a guide by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations that gives various links to sites with volunteering opportunities.

Work at Music Festivals UK provides you with a constant stream of festival work opportunities, paid and volunteer. This facebook site Posts work opportunities as they are released so that you don’t miss out! They give links directly to the festivals that are recruiting. Volunteer work is a good way to get your foot in the door and make connections.

Festival Volunteer gives you access to some of the UK’s premier festivals in exchange for two or three 2-9 hour shifts behind Peppermint on-site bars. Due to bar work, you must be 18 or over. “This is a great opportunity to get involved, see some great live music and become part of our festival community!” Facebook Twitter: @FestyVolunteer

Voluntary Arts works with policy makers, funders and politicians to improve the environment for everyone participating in the arts, and provide information and training to those who participate in the voluntary arts sector. Find an opportunity in your area by typing in your post code in the map and finding organisations near you. Not music focused, but some organisations are.

Links to Music Training and Colleges

The following links may help you find courses and colleges and other resources, to help you progress your music journey. If you know of other links that could be added to this list, please comment below.

Financial help to study can be found in Links to Funding Support for Individual Musicians.

More learning resources may be found from organisations listed in Links to Organisations Supporting Young People’s Music Education

A complete B Sharp music resource menu can be found in  Links to Progress your Music Interests and Journey.

Starting to learn

BBC’s Beginners tips for playing loads of different instruments and singing.

A very good document by the BBC with advice about what instrument might suit you, what to think about when buying instruments, where to get them, help with learning, looking after your voice and instruments etc. Also lots of links to online music magazines for different genres – roots, D’n’B, rock, jazz, world, classical etc.

What’s the best way for my child to learn music? An informative document by Youth Music that discusses various ways to learn music. Everyone is different and benefits from learning in different ways. The document covers one-to-one instrumental tuition and mentoring, group ensembles, workshops and ‘do it yourself’ techniques. The document also gives an insight into the benefits music gives in other areas such as language, academic and social development.

One to one teaching

Many music shops can put you in contact with music teachers. The Music Industries Association (MIA) has a list of retail members that offer lessons. Search under the category ‘lessons’.

Various Find A Music Teacher websites listed by MIA.

Find a Local Music Teacher is a directory service for Independent Instrumental and Music Teachers throughout the UK.

Guitar teachers in th UK

Clarinet teachers in the UK

Oboe and Bassoon teachers Contacts through the British Double Reed Society.

Piano teachers in the UK and Eire

Musika a directory of music teachers of various instruments and voice in the USA. In your home, in a studio and online.


Hotcourses directory of online Music Courses.

Dave Conservatoire Simple online theory lessons and exercises to help you discover how music works. Free.

Music Theory for Beginners A series of videos explaining the fundamentals of music theory and how to interpret music scores.

Glossary of Musical Terms Alphabetical list of musical terms in Wikipedia.

The Bulletproof Musician has lots of advice and techniques about increasing your confidence as a performer and combating stage fright etc.

Berklee College of Music Various free online courses for instruments, songwriting/arranging and music technology.

Children’s Music Workshop A USA based site with lots of online advice on buying instruments, playing/care/instruction for instruments and other resources. See index on the left side of the page. A good set of music links around the world.

The Tutor Pages have online blog guides for practice techniques, buying musical instruments, early years advice and more, aimed at students, parents and teachers.

The Open University Music Department allows you to study a wide variety of music courses at home and there are opportunities to meet fellow-students and tutors at face-to-face sessions, and to communicate by means of computer forums.

Listening to Music – a series of 23 video lectures from Yale University. Free.

Politics in Music – Podcasts by Prof. Courtney Brown, Yale, covering artists such a Bob Marley, Sting, Beethoven, Bob Dylan and topics such as nationalism, Country, Hip-Hop and more. Free.

Distance Learning: Music Technology courses.

Accreditation, Music Colleges and Universities:

Department of Education Music Curriclum has several documents relating to music education. Examples: Guidance for Key Stage 1, Key stage 2, Key stage 3 (see table of contents on left of page to see the range of information for key stage 3).

National Curriculum for England A new music curriculum comes into effect from September 2014. Documents from Incorporated Society of Musicians have a page of links here for Primary and Secondary music curriculum, an assessment and progression framework, how to prepare as a teacher, what Ofsted say and other good background documents.

Choosing a course – What course is good for you? Advice from JAMES – Joint Audio Media Education Support.

Student Guide to Music Education is a free download by Rhinegold Publishing (Music, the Arts & Education specialist) giving a complete guide to music higher education.

  • Universities & Conservatoires, UK & International
  • Advice to help you choose the right place to study
  • Full listings of professional development courses

UCAS (the organisation responsible for managing applications to higher education courses in the UK) list all courses on offer in the UK that they process applications for. There are options for UK and EU nationals and options for international students. The reason for this is explained here. UCAS give advice about choosing courses.

Arts Award – a national framework which supports young people to develop as artists and arts leaders. Their news letter/magazine is Arts Award Voice. Twitter: @ArtsAward

Apprenticeships in the arts. Click here for Music Business and Live Events and Promotion

Access Courses to Higher Education providers in the South West offer courses that are designed to equip students who have few or no qualifications to gain the skills required to succeed when studying in Higher Education. In the academic year 2011-12, 126 Access courses were delivered across 37 different locations within the region.

Apprenticeships in Choral Conducting and courses for choral conducting, including the Young Conductors’ Programme.

Courses for audio recording & music production, live performance, music composition and audio post production for film & TV accredited by JAMES – Joint Audio Media Education Support. To find courses, click on Accreditation in the JAMES navigation bar and follow the drop down links. JAMES actively provides industry support for education and student careers advice.

List of Educational establishments that offer singing courses.

List of music schools in the UK and around the world.

List of UK music schools

List of Universities and colleges in the UK and other English-speaking countries – not just for music.

List of 446 Music Colleges, with all their courses in the UK, including online music courses (

List of music colleges, recommended by the Clarinet and Saxophone Society of Great Britain. Lots of other links to music resources on this page – retailers, publishers, associations and where you can play clarinet or saxophone.

List of more than 1,200 music related courses in the UK compiled by the Music Publishers Association.

The Open University Music Department allows you to study a wide variety of music courses at home and there are opportunities to meet fellow-students and tutors at face-to-face sessions, and to communicate by means of computer forums.

Access To Music is the UK’s leading popular music college offering learning and employability for all ages of UK and international students. There are numerous centres around the UK.

The Academy of Contemporary Music delivers programmes for serious students looking to become music industry professionals. Our faculty includes lecturers that have performed and recorded alongside some of the biggest names in music and worked in every area of the industry.

Top 10 music schools for anyone who’s interested in studying contemporary/rock/pop music, the list on this blog is pretty useful.

Rock School is the leading accredited provider of rock exams worldwide. See Accredited Qualifications for various instruments. Twitter: @Rockschool

Young Classical Artists Trust Charity that identifies, nurtures, promotes and supports exceptional young artists who have the potential for international performing careers in Classical music. Artists selected by audition.

English Brass Academy offers learning and performance opportunities for brass and percussion players of all ages and abilities.

The Guildhall School of Music & Drama is one of the world’s leading conservatoires and drama schools, offering musicians, actors, stage managers and theatre technicians an inspiring environment in which to develop as artists and professionals. Twitter: @guildhallschool

The Royal College of Music is one of the world’s leading conservatoires. Founded in 1882, the RCM trains gifted musicians from all over the world. Twitter: @RCMLatest

Goldsmiths, University of London. Various Music degrees.

Falmouth University Numerous courses on Music and Events Management.

Music courses at London Met University

The Armstrong Learning Group provide high quality education, skills and employability provision across England and Northern Ireland using music, media and creative arts.

Benslow Music Trust From classical to jazz and pop – the whole musical spectrum is on offer at Benslow, with an all year programme of day and residential music courses and music summer schools.

The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music provides student scholarships and is the best known practical music examining board.

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland International Opera Scholarships. A considerable number of Scholarships are awarded each year on the basis of competitive auditions with a special panel, which take place at the time of the main auditions.

Sound and Music summer school will give 14-18 year olds the opportunity to work with composers and musicians from a wide variety of musical traditions, from classical and jazz to world and new media.

Music Mark (the UK Association of Music Educators) provides Members with a variety of support and development opportunities via a diverse continuing professional development and training programme delivered within courses, seminars, conferences, symposia and other events. The courses aim to ensure that children have access to a music education delivered by effectively led, well informed and inspired music educators. They have a list of other course providers for music educators.

Musical instrument repair courses in the UK. Five colleges/centres listed, including online courses.

PLASA is the lead international membership body for those who supply technologies and services to the event, entertainment and installation industries. They have qualifications designed to give riggers working in all aspects of the entertainment industry recognition for their skills, knowledge and expertise, and a means of demonstrating that they’ve attained a professional standard within their chosen rigging discipline. 

Training in Music Publishing by the Music Publishers Association e.g. Induction Courses for those new to, or seeking to enter, the business of music publishing. The one and a half day course is designed to provide an essential overview of the music publishing industry, its organisations and their roles. The MPA also offer a Graduate Certificate in Editorial & Production, seminars, professional development programmes.

Creative Skillset is the UK Creative Industries’ Sector Skills Council. Twitter: @SkillsetSSC

Universities UK (UUK) is the representative organisation for the UK’s universities. Twitter: @UniversitiesUK

The Business and Artist Development Centre (BDC) bridges the gap between education and the music industry.

Learning Resources:

List of music organisations by the BBC that help young musicians.

Top GCSE Revision Tips Sound advice when coming up to exams. Sections on ‘Getting Ready for Revision’, ‘Top Revision Techniques’, ‘Dos and Don’ts’, ‘Helpful Hints for Parents’. Blog from Justin Craig Education, ‘The Exam Experts’.

National Union of Students (NUS) is a voluntary membership organisation which makes a real difference to the lives of students and its member students’ unions.

Gigajam online Award winnning interactive guitar, bass, keyboard & drum lessons get you playing from the first lesson. Videos, play-along files and online assessment guide you from Debut Grade to Grade 5.

An Introduction to Music Theory An Open University course that introduces you to the basic concepts of western music notation and music theory that you need to know before you embark on the Open University course Inside music (A224). It covers ground similar to that found in the syllabus of the Associated Board Theory Grades 1–3.

Theory Of Music Blogs and explanations about music theory, reading music, definitions of music terms etc.

Youtube Want to know how to do something? There is usually a video to show you how. Search on YouTube ‘How to…..’

All things drums. Drummer World includes the Drum Clinic with lots of videos on drum techniques for different music styles.

Britchops Drum Tuition presents the Britchops Foundation Drum Course of beginner drum lessons. A multimedia MIDI eBook drum course download in Adobe PDF format. It is a unique 130+ page course that features a range of multimedia tools which demonstrate the basics of modern drumming in a fun, easy to learn, style.

DrumTunes Systematically learn key drumming skills whilst playing to backing tracks with DrumTunes. Created by Matt Hartnell, a B Sharp alumni.

Rock Prodigy is  a complete guitar curriculum that runs on iPad, iPhone, iPod, Windows, or Mac computers. The app hears the guitar (electric or acoustic) and can discern up to 12 pitches simutaneously. Uses tab. There are 4 course levels. Sponsored by Fender Guitars.

Guitar Websites recommended by music teacher/blogger Alan Coady. Some are locally relevant to his Scottish location, others have relevance to all guitarists.

All things piano. Check out the links on the left of the home page.

Articles and resources on piano playing, teaching, postures for health etc.

All things saxophone. Including the Sax on the Web forum.

All things singing. One of the best music resources on the internet!

World of Harmonicas Where to buy harmonicas and related equipment, tuition videos, hundreds of albums, blogs and forums, links to related sites. Also has an active Facebook page with lots of good links to blogs, videos etc.

Music Exchange One of Europe’s largest distributors of sheet music with over 130,000 titles in stock. Browse by artist/composer or instrument type. Downloads and other departments. Twitter: @Music_Exchange

Sources for the ABRSM practical exams Complete listing of ABRSM Graded exam pieces for clarinet – with downloadable mp3 recordings of selected repertoire

Blogs about how to DJ, buying equipment and a useful DJ jargon/dictionary.

Digital DJ Tips Blogs for DJ training, forums, news, reviews, courses.

DJ Tips is another good site with advice for the DJ beginner.

The Musical Instrument Makers ForumAcoustic guitar building, electric guitar making, archtop guitar building, violin making, dulcimer making, mandolin building, banjo building, or any other type of lutherie; pickup winding and rewinding; drum making; flute and recorder making and repair; brass instrument building and repair; and more.

The British Council’s Youth in Action encourages young people to travel around the EU and beyond, explore new cultures and get involved in non-formal learning projects.

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations. Twitter: @BritishCouncil

Ideas into Action

Welcome to B Sharp’s ‘Ideas Into Action’.

These notes aim to help young people who want to make things happen, and to encourage innovation and enterprise in music. Once understood, the principles can be applied to any type of project. The notes have been divided into different sections and can be explored by clicking on the subject headings in the table of contents.

More music resources, compiled by B Sharp, can be found in Links to Progress your Music Interests and Journey.


Introduction to Event and Project Planning

Aims and Objectives

Actions and Timetabling

Management, Communication and Teamwork

What Does A Leader Look Like?

Resources and Budgets



Responsibilities and Safety

Results, Monitoring and Evaluation

Social Enterprise and B Sharp

The B Sharp Resources website has been developed as part of B Sharp’s project  Young Leaders @ The Hub, taking place in The HubLyme Regis. The project is funded by Youth MusicWest Dorset District Council and Lyme Regis Town Council. We are very grateful to have their support.