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, it also organises a Speed Networking event providing the opportunity for students to meet and get direct feedback from industry professionals. Recent guests have included representatives from: 

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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

Dave Roberts - Industry Liaison Executive
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.

James Brister - Industry Liaison Executive
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 play listed 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.

Oliver Tatler - Careers & Employability Manager
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.

Yanis Illiopoulis  - Artist Development Mentor
Yanis is founder and director of The Sound Of Everything Records, which has signed over 50 artists from around the world, building up a catalogue of over 200 releases. He also runs his publishing company, Timespace Music Publishing. He’s signed many international synchronisation deals and licensed repertoire to top independent and major labels. Yanis provides one-to-one guidance on areas including self-releasing and A&R.

Nigel Lipton - Legal Advice Mentor
Nigel is a solicitor, law lecturer, writer, and occasional radio broadcaster specialising in music, media, entertainment and Intellectual Property (IP) law. He is available to meet with students to provide legal advice and guidance around issues including copyright and IP.

Jamie Johnston - Live Bookings Mentor
Jamie has worked in many high profile music industry roles in the worlds of stage management and live music as well as managing acts including Maps and Lanterns On The Lake. He currently also manages three independent labels. Jamie is available to provide one-to-one advice on areas including live performance and gigging.

Industry auditions

We are continuously reaching out and making connections with industry contacts in order to provide you with audition opportunities. We have recently held auditions with the likes of Sony Music, Q Prime Management, Red Light Management, Island Records, September Management, BBC and ITV.

A&R advice

The Hub team is always on hand to offer you advice and expertise on topics such as song development, planning and strategy and marketing and promotion. You will also have the opportunity to book one-to-one appointments with our visiting music industry advisers.

Work experience

The Hub provides access to a wide range of part-time and full-time work and performance opportunities including roles with labels, publishers and management companies, through to marketing and PR agencies, studios, and some of the biggest manufacturers in the music business. We are also able to support you with job searches and online job applications, CV development and preparation for interviews.

Industry events

Each academic year, The Hub organises a series of interactive Q&A sessions to give students a unique opportunity to get advice directly from leading industry professionals. Recent sessions have focused on ‘Why, When & How to Gig’; ‘How to Find an Internship in the Music Industry’; ‘Manager, Label Publisher: An Artist’s Journey’ and ‘How to Build Your Online Presence’.

Mentoring

We offer individualised advice to students and alumni on building a career within music. Whether you’re looking for artist development support, want advice on getting gigs, raising your profile as a musician, searching for work as a teacher or want to explore roles within the business side of music, our team is on hand to help.
 

CLASSES

Our Careers and Industry Hub work closely with our Education team to ensure your studies are supported by dedicated careers and skills planning. This means you are wellplaced​ to find work in the industry once you have graduated. Bespoke skills workshops and industry guest sessions are all part of your programme​ to create the link between the classroom, industry and your future career.