How to become a global music director: Simon's story

Meet Simon and learn more about his life as a global music director for the music publisher Sentric Music. Part of our Bitesize world of work series.

There's nothing better than being stood at a gig, watching an artist that you helped get to where they are.

  • Simon is a director at a music publishing company. The company looks after songwriters and artists, making sure they get paid every time they play a gig or every time they get their music played on radio or television. Simon looks after synchronisation, making sure that he gets artists' music used on TV adverts and computer games
  • He was inspired to follow a career in music as a teenager, when he was at a Foo Fighters gig. Although he wasn't very interested in school work, when he went to university and was studying a subject he was really passionate about, he thrived
  • His advice is to learn as much about the music industry as you can if you want to make it in this field. He suggests looking at music publishers and trends and, if you're applying for a job in a particular company, do your research.

Simon is global music director for a music publisher. A similar role is a music promotions manager. Music promotions managers publicise recording artists or live music events.

What to expect if you want to be a music promotions manager

  • Music promotions manager average salary: £12,000 - £60,000 per year
  • Music promotions manager typical working hours: 38 to 40 hours per week. You could also work on evenings, weekends, bank holidays and also away from home.

What qualifications do you need to be a music promotions manager?

You could get into this role via a college course, an apprenticeship, volunteering or applying directly.

This information is a guide and is constantly changing. Please check the National Careers Service website for the latest information and all the qualifications needed. (sources: LMI for All, National Careers Service)

Want to know more?

Find out more about how to become a music promotions manager on the National Careers Service website (England), nidirect (Northern Ireland), My world of Work (Scotland) and Careers Wales (Wales)

For careers advice in all parts of the UK visit: England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales

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