Creative Music Industry

Vocational Qualifications Creative Music Industry

Learners undertaking an RSL Creative Music Industry qualification will complete a selection of units covering a range of disciplines directly relevant to employment in the Music Industry.

"The UK music industry contributes over £4.5bn to the UK economy, employing over 145,000 people."
UK Music – Measuring Music 2018 Report

Learners selecting a particular pathway – Performance, Production, Composition, Live Events or Entrepreneurship – will complete at least one unit directly relevant to that section of the industry.

Depending on the qualification they are taking they will then take additional optional units which can come from any pathway area to make up a qualification which reflects the ‘portfolio’ career type which is so common to the modern music industry.

Download the Creative Music Industry Syllabus

Pathway Information

Learners can develop skills in the following areas through completion of a Creative Music Industry qualification:

PERFORMANCE

Learners will:

  • perform effectively on their instrument/voice;
  • rehearse and display musicianship skills;
  • initiate and develop repertoire;
  • rehearse effectively and perform music live;
  • understand contextualised issues relating to music style, audience and the music industry
  • further their understanding of the live performance industry.

PRODUCTION

Learners will demonstrate:

  • sound recording skills;
  • mixing and mastering skills;
  • sequencing and production skills;
  • video production skills;
  • understanding of contextualised issues relating to music production techniques
  • their understanding of the music production industry.

COMPOSITION

Learners will:

  • compose and arrange music;
  • initiate and develop repertoire;
  • develop musicianship skills through use of a harmony-based instrument;
  • use recording and sequencing software/hardware;
  • understand contextual issues relating to music style, audience and the music industry
  • further their understanding of the music composition industry.

LIVE EVENTS

Learners will:

  • organise and run events;
  • learn about event promotion & management
  • develop technical stage and event management skills;
  • work as part of a team;
  • understand contextual issues relating to live events and the music industry
  • further their understanding of the live events industry.

ENTREPRENEUR

Learners will demonstrate:

  • sound business and financial skills;
  • marketing skills;
  • understanding of contracts and copyright;
  • freelance practice;
  • understanding of contextual issues relating to the music business and the wider music industry
  • further their understanding of the music industry.

More information on the full unit selection is available via the syllabus document, download it by clicking on the button below.

Download the Creative Music Industry Syllabus

Learners completing these industry relevant qualifications may go on to further study in Higher Education, there are hundreds of music and associated degree courses available across the UK including 14 Commercial Music degrees, 271 Popular Music and Music Degree programmes and 20 Live Event courses.

Those completing a Level 3 Creative Music Industry qualification may also be able to access apprenticeships such as ‘Live Event Technician’, ‘Live Event Rigger’ or ‘Creative Industries Production Manager’.

Learners may also be able to enter directly in to one or more employment opportunities within the industry such as junior roles in booking agencies, promotion companies, labels, venues or retail, or as an artist, session musician or songwriter.

RSL’s Creative Music Industry qualifications are the latest addition to our suite of technical qualifications covering the contemporary creative industries.

There are similarities in the structure and format of these qualifications and our qualifications Performing Arts or Creative Digital Media, and there is a natural linkage in that all the qualifications encourage collegiate working across disparate subjects. However, the Creative Music Industry qualifications are unique in their focus on diverse aspects of the current music industry from performance and songwriting through to marketing, promotion and production.

Prospective learners seeking to gain knowledge and skills in the Creative Music Industry sector through undertaking an RSL qualification could also consider an apprenticeship, traineeship or an alternative qualification when deciding on their pathway into the industry.
Amongst others, RSL’s Creative Music Industry qualifications were designed with input from a range of individuals with considerable experience in diverse areas of the music industry including positions such as artist manager, label owner, producer, performer, educator, studio engineer and company director.

Education institutions contributing to and supporting these qualifications include BIMM, Access Creative College, MAS Records (Kidderminster College), SEMM.