How to become a production manager: Jasmine's story

Meet Jasmine and learn more about life as a production manager on the SCUM stage at Glastonbury. Part of our Bitesize world of work series.

There are lots of different paths through this industry. The world is your oyster, if you get your foot in the door.

  • Jasmine is a production manager and booked bands for the SCUM stage at Glastonbury 2019. She negotiates fees and terms and acts as the go-between for the festival production company and the artist's touring party, making sure they have all the information about access, tickets and stage technicalities

  • To do this job, you need good organisational and problem-solving skills and you need to be able to work well under pressure

  • She advises that apprenticeships are a really good way of getting practical experience, as you have a combination of on-the-job experience and formal training

  • As there are so many paths that you could take in the music industry, Jasmine says don't make your mind up too soon – try out different jobs.

The lowdown

What will I get paid? This will vary according to experience.

Where will I work? Initially, you'll probably work from an office, then at the event itself. You may need to travel nationally or internationally depending on where the performances are staged.

What are the working hours like? Gigs are normally at night and can end very late. You may work evenings and weekends. On tour, there will be a lot of early mornings and travel.

What qualifications do I need? An apprenticeship with an events company is a good way forward. Jasmine completed an apprenticeship with an international events company.

You can find out more about working in live music production through Creative Choices

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