Through your coursework assessments, you will engage with the music business via the creation of professional public-facing projects, building both your own contacts and your own portfolio. You will also be encouraged and supported in undertaking work experience, but this is not a compulsory element of the course.
There are opportunities to work on artist management and development, live gigs, club nights and more through our in-house Solent Music initiative, which works with a range of local and national music businesses, including Southampton’s vibrant live music scene. Local venues and events have provided past students with fantastic opportunities to perform, promote, manage and engage with the local industry. Solent Music is also proactive in bringing music to a wider audience and recently extended our long-running SMILEfest brand to launch the SO: Music City Festival alongside local industry partners.
Our involvement with the world of music festivals stretches back over ten years through our work at Glastonbury festival where, through Solent Productions, we are one of the major broadcast media producers – giving students the opportunity for a range of professional and practical opportunities to build experience in a range of festival roles.
There is also an opportunity to undertake a work placement at an approved European company via the University’s Erasmus programme.