ICMP's Careers and Industry Hub is connected to major record labels, publishers, promoters and management companies active in London and the wider music industry.
Run by a team of music industry professionals and experienced careers counsellors, the team are on hand from day one to support you in taking your first steps towards a career in the music industry or in wider employment. Core activities include:
- Providing a range of exclusive events throughout the year to give you the opportunity to meet industry professionals, gain advice and insight and build that essential network of contacts
- Organising tailored audition and showcase opportunities with the biggest industry names such as Sony/ATV Publishing, RCA, BBC, Virgin EMI Records, Island, Columbia and Universal
- Developing bespoke career plans for students and providing A&R and professional development advice
- Advertising work experience opportunities and placements and developing your employability skills such as making applications, CV development and interview preparation
- Hosting interactive events featuring leading industry professionals
- Providing support, guidance and access to opportunities to you after you graduate
The team also organises an annual Careers Day featuring workshops and sessions with leading industry professionals and representatives from the likes of Warner/Chappell Music, Kilimanjaro and Killing Moon Records. Each year, we also organise a Networking and specialist Q+A events which provide opportunities for students to meet and get direct feedback from industry professionals. Recent guests have included representatives from:
Within 6 months of graduating over 94% of ICMP students are in employment or further education and earn an average salary of £24,000, £5,000 higher than other UK music students.**
*DLHE • Employment of Leavers Survey - UK domiciled undergraduate leavers 2016/17 | ** DLHE 2017
Meet our Careers and Industry Liaison team
James Brister Industry Liaison Manager
James is an experienced and well-connected artist manager and co-owner/founder of Amour Music. He has experience in developing artists and musicians, with his acts being playlisted on national radio, touring the UK, Australia, mainland Europe and China, as well as facilitating endorsements and partnerships with major international brands such as Universal Music Publishing, BMG Music, Notting Hill Publishing and many more. At ICMP, James provides guidance to students on artist and talent development, release strategies, marketing your music and building your profile as a professional.
Oli is an experienced careers advisor specialising in supporting students from diverse international backgrounds to start building their careers across a wide range of different industries. At ICMP, Oli provides advice to students on options after study, CVs, internships, further study and professional development skills.
Meet our Industry Coaches
Gaining the latest industry insight from professionals who are building success at the highest level gives our students and alumni a real advantage when they're looking to launch their own careers. During 2021, we will be building out our Industry Mentor team by tapping into our many successful alumni and industry connections. Students can request sessions with them via our Careers+ platform.
Carla is a singer/songwriter from London. In 2017 her collaboration with MK on the single “17” gained her much acclaim as it went on to become a smash hit, peaking at number 7 in the UK official chart as well as achieving platinum sales status. Carla continues to be in demand writing and collaborating with a number of artists and producers including; Julia Michaels, TMS, Oliver Heldens, Meduza, Georgio Tuinfort (David Guetta) and Sigala to name a few.
Dave is the owner and founder of club and college marketing company Wild Promotions and is currently working on a range of acts as diverse as Muse, London Grammar, Chase & Status, Royal Blood, Ella Eyre and Bat For Lashes. He was previously General Manager at Sony-funded Nude Records and has a wealth of experience in marketing, artist management and A&R, including signing The Stone Roses to FM Revolver Records. At ICMP, Dave provides guidance on artist and talent development, release strategies, marketing your music and building your profile.
Throughout her career Hannah has performed on some of the biggest stages, including events such as the Opening and Closing Ceremonies at the 2012 London Olympics and The National Television Awards. Most recently she was seen on BBC Live Lounge and The Brit Awards on stage with US superstar Lizzo.
Izzy Chase, currently backing singer for Dua Lipa, Ministry of Sound and Trevor Horn, has been singing professionally for over 10 years. Although London-based, Izzy has worked all over the world with artists like; Ellie Goulding, Beverley Knight, Seal, Craig David, Michael Ball, Alfie Boe, Kim Wilde and more. She not only works as a live backing singer but also a session vocalist on albums, adverts, vocal arrangements and features.
Liz is a creative music consultant at sonic branding and music supervision agency DLMDD, working with clients from top ad agencies and brands, spending her days digging for existing tracks, or working closely with composers to produce bespoke pieces of music for a variety of projects. Previously, she worked in a music consultancy role at one of the UK’s biggest catalogues of music produced specifically for media, where she placed tracks across campaigns for multiple global brands like Nike, Amazon, IKEA, Tesco, Mercedes & Samsung, plus TV series such as 'Giri/Haji'(BBC), 'Sex Education' (Netflix) and more.
Empowering our neurodiverse and disabled student community
We are delighted to be partnering with EmployAbility to provide a full range of services and resources to our neurodiverse and disabled student community, empowering them to achieve the careers they deserve. Free, individualised, and tailored to the needs of every student: this is our partnership commitment.