Amber has got a job in London


Amber Dee is working for the live team at the PRS.

“I look after the PRS accounts of music venues and festivals in the UK. I’m the first point of contact when they have questions about how to categorise events, which events need to be covered by PRS and what information they need to collect from the artists and promoters.
The work I do means that the royalties are collected from the venues, then we have these royalties to distribute to the artists.
I went to V Festival where I had to find the artists backstage and ask them for their set lists so that we could make sure they got their royalties. It’s a big thing, especially for up and coming singer-songwriters as it helps fund them to continue what they’re doing. I’ve learned a lot about royalties and different types of music venues and events. Music copyright is very complicated.”


Phil has got a job in London

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Phil Yates is working at the London office of WME, an American talent agency with an impressive (and massive) roster.

Here’s a quick alphabet of some of the clients:
Air, Burt Bacharach, Cypress Hill, Duran Duran, Eagles of Death Metal, Faith No More, Goo Goo Dolls, HAIM, Ice-T, Jet, Keane, LL Cool J, Maroon 5, N.E.R.D., Outkast, Pearl Jam, Queens of the Stone Age, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Skrillex, Toto, Underworld, Vampire Weekend, Weezer, XTRMST, Yusaf, Zero 7.

“I set up video conferences with the other offices in Beverly Hills and New York, and most day-to-day office things like visitors coming to see agents etc. I’m on track to go into music central in 4-5 months which will be doing ticket counts.
It’s such a great opportunity as we have 31,000 clients worldwide spread over TV, film, books, music, digital and commercials.”

“Working at WME is really humbling knowing that 60% of the current agents have gone through my job role. I certainly wouldn’t be at this company if it weren’t for the Tour module, as in all honesty, that was my only selling point!”


Max has got a job in London

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Max Lewin has started a 15-month paid internship working in digital marketing for Beautiful Digital a creative digital agency which builds relationships between talent, brands and audiences.

“We control and run social media campaigns and strategies for artists and labels. I help the running of social media accounts for Warner and UMG artists such as Emeli Sande, Kesha, Charli XCX, and Enter Shikari. Bit surreal!”

And then he generously added,

“I wouldn’t have been able to do this without the skills I’ve gained from the course.”

Which helped balance out the composition of this piece, bringing it to a natural and satisfying conclusion.

Good luck Max.

Zelah has got a job in London


Zelah Van-Gowler has got a new job at UKNY Music, a London booking agency that specialises in private events, functions and festivals, working with artists such as (take a breath):

Bruno Mars, Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga, Janet Jackson, Robbie Williams, Craig David, Mark Ronson, David Guetta, The Prodigy, Jamiroquai, Nile Rodgers, Fergie, Little Mix, Nicole Scherzinger, Izzy Bizu, Bloc Party, Jess Glynne, Kelis, Iggy Azalea, Lionel Richie, Jamie Cullum, Frankie Valli, Alison Moyet, Barlow, Goulding and Ronson.

Zelah starts as junior assistant working on events, marketing and social media etc and very quickly works her way up to a management position.



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Charlie Pollard is busy.
His band Wallflower is in the middle of a UK tour and has gigs lined up for the rest of the year including appearances at 2000 Trees, Great Escape and…Download (on Aerosmith day.)
Plus there’s a new album set for release this summer.
AND, he’s in another band called Big Bug and you can read about that here.

He’s Only Human


Human by Rag’n’Bone Man is out today and (literal, actual CM legend) Ben Jackson-Cook plays piano on it. And he is the band’s MD.

“The job means I’m responsible for the live band and Rory’s live performance. This can mean choosing musicians, creating new arrangements, organising live lounge covers, creating track if needed. It also stretches to making sure the musicians are paid correctly and looked after. I’ve been working with Rory for two years, and before I was playing for other major label artists in London”

After graduation Ben got a job with his friends from CM working for Disney Cruise Line in the US for a year before heading back to London where he got stuck into some serious networking.

“I’d go to lots of pop gigs and find out who the musicians who were in the band, add them on Facebook and hope that one day they would need a keyboard player urgently and I could save the day, which worked a couple of times. I met a couple of fixers in London, who helped me with my first TV work with X Factor. I got in contact with ex Bath Spa student Sam Kennedy who is musical director for Foxes, and who gave me great advice and also my first bits of MD work. I then ended up playing for Foxes when Sam wasn’t free. Other people I’ve played for include Omi, Angel, Kelvin Jones, Little Mix, The Beach, Ben Haenow, Mollie King (The Saturdays) and Ella Eyre.”


Last year Rag’n’Bone Man played Montreaux Jazz Festival, Glastonbury, North Sea Jazz and travelled across Europe, Australia and the States.Along with these gigs and festivals the band has been doing a lot of TV including Jools Holland, Jimmy Fallon and Graham Norton.
Which goes out tonight!


Breaking Bad

Bad Sounds are on the up. And Sam Hunt is on the bass.

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This is what the Guardian says:

If you liked Beck when he was trying to be Prince rather than when he was trying to be Nick Drake and if you like 70s dance music with an 80s production gloss and a 90s baggy undercarriage that invites 60s-style exclamations of appreciation, then you’ll love Bad Sounds. Radio 1’s Annie Mac does – she made one of the band’s singles, Wages, hottest record in the world, and another, Avalanche, tune of the week. People are currently making their musical predictions for 2017. People are also currently complaining about the proliferation of musical predictions for 2017. Still, if you’re a betting type, the smart money is on Bad Sounds.

Which was nice.
And this is what Sam says:

“I was the last to join Bad Sounds but I had actually played with them whilst at Bath Spa, supporting their old band a few times. I always thought that I really wanted to be in their band, and hey ho they started something new and it happened!
I’m really into sampling and synthesizers and when I first went round to meet the band they had tons of gear like I did, so it all fitted. I think there are more Akai MPCs in the band than actual people, and there are 5 of us!
We practised a lot and did a lot of very bad shows in the beginning, like everyone does. More and more stuff got written and better songs came around, the set got stronger and then the BBC started to get interested. The “Introducing” folk helped to push the songs out to the broader radio waves, and after some videos and loads of shows, Annie Mac started to play us lots. We got an “Introducing” slot at Glastonbury and a few other cool opportunities, like an academy sized UK tour support slot. We did 2 final headline shows for 2016 in London and Bristol which both sold out, so yeah, it’s going alright. Hopefully next year will be even better.”