Influential figures from different corners of the music industry came together in Salford yesterday for a special panel discussing The Business of Music.
Hosted by NME #Lifehacks and University of Salford, the panel took place at waterside venue The Lowry, and offered insights, guidance and advice to young people interested in pursuing careers in the music industry.
Around 170 young people from local schools listened as Blossoms’ tour manager Dan Woolfie, music festival operations manager Meredith Peterson, music PR agency owner Beth Parnell, and music producer/engineer and University of Salford course leader Brendan Williams shared their career stories. NME’s Commissioning Editor chaired the panel and shared his own experiences of working in the industry.
Each of the panellists advised the young people to be proactive about securing work experience and internship opportunities in the particular area of the industry they’re interested in. They also emphasised the importance of networking and creating contacts in an industry that’s actually a lot smaller than many people realise.
Beth Parnell told panellists that writing music reviews for her student newspaper had helped her to make key industry contacts before she had even finished her university course. Brendan Williams reassured panellists that it’s possible to balance a part-time work experience placement with studying for a university degree.
After the main conversation, the young people were encouraged to ask any questions that hadn’t yet been covered by the panellists. They also had an opportunity to chat to the panellists in a more informal way once the main conversation and questions were over.
#LifeHacks is on tour with University of Salford. After bringing The Business of Music event to The Lowry in Salford, we’ll be hosting further events in different cities around the UK, all aimed at helping young people to pursue careers in the creative industries.
We’ll also be laying on our flagship event at University of Salford’s student union on June 16. For further information about NME #Lifehacks, and to register your interest in our flagship event, visit NME.com/Lifehacks.