Music Industry Skills Bootcamp For Londoners

Applications are now open for the current cohort running from June – August 2024

What is it?

The Mayor of London has awarded us a grant to deliver the Music Industry Skills Bootcamp. The Skills Bootcamps for Londoners programme aims to help Londoners aged 19+ to progress in work by giving them access to in-demand skills training and a guaranteed interview for a more sustainable, higher-skilled job and higher wages over time. The programme will also benefit employers by helping them to fill specific skills shortage vacancies, increasing productivity within their organisations.

The Mayor is funding Skills Bootcamps in the creative sector because London’s creative industries show less workforce diversity than other sectors in the capital, although it is more diverse than the creative industries in rest of the UK.

The Music Industry Skills Bootcamp has been developed by CLOCK and Music Ally, in association with the Greater London Authority, to provide all participants with real world practical skills and experience. These will  help you  find opportunities within both creative practice and business enterprise in the modern music industry. 

The focus of the 12-week course is on progressing your career, whether as an artist / writer / producer or as an entrepreneur or industry player. We will encourage collaboration between all participants so that creators can understand and explore their potential as business professionals; and also those with an interest in the business side will also learn how to support and develop creators. 

Each bootcamp will include writing and recording, creative collaboration and how to manage agreements around all of this. In addition the programme includes recording, mastering and production including a session in our partner studios, Premises in Hackney. We will examine how distribution, marketing, streaming and social media  works; look at direct to fan and merchandising;  run through the essentials of copyright as well as  how to protect your work and get paid. 

We will also run through the mechanics of live events, touring and promotion. The culmination of every bootcamp is a live event in Karamel; supported by promotion and marketing by teams working collaboratively through the programme. 

What will the Bootcamp give me?

Working in groups, participants will gain experience from collaborating in: 

Creative Expression including

  • Songwriting workshops
  • Hands on production, mastering, engineering
  • Performance and artistry
  • Creative Collaborations
  • Live event staging and management 

Industry and Entrepreneurship including:

  • Understand what’s in a contract and how to avoid being ripped off
  • Know your way around labels and distributors so you can release music
  • successfully
  • Understand how to find your fans, segment your super fans, increase
  • engagement and make money from your art
  • Know how to work with creators, and also how to work with business
  • people

Business and personal skills including:

  • Project Management
  • Technical and Digital skills
  • Managing Professional Relationships
  • Organisational Skills
  • Resilience
  • Agility
  • And MUCH more!

You will also receive:

  • guaranteed interview with a London based industry employer
  • Training equivalent to Foundation Level 4 co-designed & delivered by music industry and practitioners  and accredited training providers
  • CV development and interview preparation support
  • Pre-employment coaching for those moving to an employed role
  • Access to resources gained through hands on experience and the technical equipment needed to succeed

Who can apply?

  • You are a London resident aged 19 years+.
  • You are in full-time or part-time employment, self-employed, unemployed (i.e. not in work), including adults returning to work after a break and ex-service personnel.
  • You have not taken part in any other GLA funded Skills Bootcamp this year
  • You have the right to work in the UK
  • You are interested in a career in the creative industries, particularly music
  • You are motivated and eager to learn new skills.

This FREE programme particularly welcomes applications from underrepresented groups interested in, or working in entry level positions within the creative industries, including:

  • Young people from black communities and young people from underrepresented ethnic minorities in London. 
  • Women and people who identify as female
  • People with impaired mobility or other disabilities
  • People who identify as coming from a working-class background

We also welcome applications from:

  • People with spent convictions or experience of the criminal justice system
  • Serving prisoners due to be released within 6 months of completion of the Skills Boot Camp and those on Temporary Release.
  • Those who have had less than positive experiences of formal learning in the past.
  • People with a lot to juggle (for example: carers and single parents).

Where is it based?

Karamel is a work space, Studios,  gallery and two venues in the heart of Wood Green’s Cultural Quarter which hosts events including live music, club nights, comedy, poetry and art. It is based within Collage Arts, a leading arts development, training and creative regeneration charity based in the heart of Haringey’s Cultural Quarter.

Key Dates:

Applications go live:Applications being accepted and are being reviewed 
Deadline for applications:Applications will be added to a waiting list and reviewed when the date of the next Bootcamp is confirmed.
Interview Dates:A supportive group ‘Skills Discovery’ Workshop will be held which aims to help individuals explore their skills and experience. Throughout May. 
Full Programme Start Date:Week commencing 4th June 2024 – commitment of 3 days a week: Tue 10.30am-5pm, Wed 11am-8pm, Fri 10am-1pm
Programme End Date:Week ending 23rd August 2024

How to apply

To apply, please complete our online Expression of Interest form, and the Equal Opportunities Monitoring form within it, which can be accessed via this button: