Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Music

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Industrial placement year

Year in Industry

If you change to our BA Music (Industry) degree in your second year, you can extend your programme by a year to spend your third year working in the music industry. It’s a great opportunity to gain valuable experience and contacts – and some students go on to work for their placement companies after they graduate.

We have established internship opportunities with major music organisations such as Warner Music, English National Opera, and the Leeds International Concert Season, but you can also explore placements such as music therapy, education, orchestral or band management, in the UK or abroad.

In recent years students have taken placements in organisations such as Faber Music, Grand Union Orchestra, and Scottish Opera. One graduate has recently opened the New York office of WilKatPR, following a placement with the company.

It is possible to gain some work experience even if you are not taking the Year in Industry. Placements are advertised through the Opera North DARE partnership, for example.

Year in Industry placement examples

Akwaaba Music Internship (General Intern; Video Editor)
Alternative Distribution Alliance, Warner Music, London
Atlantic Press, Warner Music, London
Chasing the Hi-Hat Records, Amsterdam
Dawkes Music Ltd, Maidenhead (workshop assistant – instrument repair and servicing)
Eiger Studios, Leeds
European Teaching Assistant Internships (Madrid, Brussels)
Faber Music, London
Flux, Leeds
Grand Union Orchestra, London – Creative and Administrative Assistant
Hot Vox, London
Huddersfield Choral Society
International Marketing, Warner Music, London
Leeds International Concert Season
Left Bank, Leeds – Events assistant
Liverpool Cathedral – Assistant Choral Director and Choral Animateur
Manchester Camerata, Marketing and Development Assistant
Music Education Solutions
Northern Music Co, Saltaire
Orpheus Centre, Surrey
Prima Vista Braille Music Services, Leeds – Administrative and Production Assistant
Radio Promotions, Warner Music, London
Spartan Press Music Publishers Ltd – Sheet Music Assistant
University of Stellenbosch, South Africa – Artistic and Production Assistant, Dept Music
WildKatPR, London


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