London is a world centre for today’s music industries, whose activities range from music performance through to recording, broadcasting, journalism, outreach and curatorship. Our aim here at Goldsmiths Music is to enable students to prepare for long-term freelance and portfolio employment in the music sector and other creative industries, as well as help them understand how their music degree can prepare them for employment in a whole range of non-arts fields.
The Scheme commenced in 2012-13, and offers to all students but specifically as part of the core third-year activities of the BMus and Popular Music programmes, a Professional Practice Scheme. This scheme will provide for students in a coherently designed programme:
- An extensive series of masterclasses with industry professionals
- Training in the core skills required to work in the creative sector and musical landscape including preparation for critical practical issues such as business planning, tax, self-employment, self-marketing and networking
- A CV development service which explores the key facets of writing a good CV and offers them professional feedback on their CVs in progress
- The opportunity for their original, creative work to be reviewed by an Industry Advisory Panel of music industry professionals at performances and via our online network Goldsmiths Music Presents and Goldsmiths Artists
We will also be supporting students to undertake valuable work experience in the sector by bringing together and making available to our students information on the most up-to-date on-the-job information and opportunities available in London in the music sector. Given our extensive industry links many of these fantastic opportunities are brought directly to us and as such are only available to Goldsmith Music Students.
We have had opportunities and success stories with the following people, labels, and organisations…
Several students have interned on Matthew Herbert’s locally based label, Accidental. Two ex-students now work with Matthew: Hugh Jones is one of his engineers and also plays in the One:Pig band, alongside Sam Beste – who has in turn also played for Amy Winehouse amongst others. Sam’s own project Hejira are working with Matthew on their debut album.
The Goldsmiths Vocal Group, is directed by professional songwriter and artist ESKA. They have formerly worked with The Matthew Herbert Big Band, performing at the Royal Festival Hall for the London Jazz Festival, The Barbican for the British Council’s 75th Birthday, and at Glastonbury 2010. ESKA and the Goldsmiths Vocal Ensemble gave the world premiere of her staged song cycle, “English Skies”, at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on the Southbank in May 2012.
Other alumni have gone onto secure record deals - Hugh Jones and Slowfoot Records; work as session players - the contemporary jazz musician Finn Peters; and play sessions for BBC 6 Music and BBC Introducing - Sam Lee award-winning folk singer and promoter; and in 2009, Alumnus Hugh Jones and Tom Mudd were selected to present their work at Ether, the Southbank Centre's annual music festival of innovation, art, technology and cross-arts experimentation.
We have continued our the relationship with the South Bank Centre with the fourth launch of our latest PUREGOLD festival, this year in the amazing Festival Village space, featuring the breadth and variety of current work from the Department of Music.