How to set up a songwriting collective: Rick's story

Meet Rick and learn more about his life as 'The Six' founder. Part of our Bitesize world of work series.

Working with people that share the same passion is amazing.

  • Rick started his musical journey at the age of 20 with Delphic, an electronic indie band

  • Rick remembers that many people in school didn't take him seriously but his "parents were very supportive" and they helped him with his career

  • His favourite aspect of the job is doing something new every day such as working with different artists or travelling

  • Rick feels that one of the most important factors to working in the group is having a strong work ethic and having a lot of drive.

Rick is the founder of, and a songwriter for, The Six. Lyricists are writers who provide the words for songs. Writers also produce creative works including poetry and lyrics.

What to expect if you want to be a writer

  • Writer salary: Variable. You may be self-employed/freelance
  • Writer working hours: 37 to 39 hours per week.

What qualifications do you need to be a writer?

  • Typical entry requirements: You could get into writing through a university degree. You'll usually need one or two A-levels (or equivalent) for a foundation degree or higher national diploma, or two to three A-levels (or equivalent) for a degree in related subject like creative writing, English language or literature, creative and professional writing or journalism.
    For volunteering or experience in writing, you could join a local writers' group, entering writing competitions or by blogging online.

This information is a guide (sources: LMI for All, National Careers Service)

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