Creative Careers Centre
The Royal College of Music is a world-leader in career development for musicians and is home to the RCM Creative Careers Centre, formally known as the Woodhouse Professional Development Centre. We emphasise the need for musicians to be confident and versatile communicators, not just on stage but in everything they do.
Our dedicated team is here to help you unlock your potential and become a distinctive candidate for the many opportunities that lie ahead. We will advise you on the basics, guide you through a range of opportunities which mirror the professional world, and encourage you to use your initiative.
The RCM Creative Careers Centre offers:
- Extensive opportunities in and around London. See Concerts in London for current events.
- Advice on preparing effective CVs, covering letters, biographies and other essential publicity materials
- Step-by-step suggestions on planning your own concerts
- Numerous resources and directories, enabling you to find out everything you need to know about the music profession
- Factsheets designed to answer your most frequently asked questions
- Guidance on self-management and self employment including finance
- Seminars, workshops and special events giving you a better view of the professional landscape
Professional Engagements and Concert Opportunities
Gaining experience and making contacts while you are still a student is crucial to your development as a professional musician.
The RCM Creative Careers Centre sources and manages a range of external opportunities that offer practical experience in working as a musician. Engagements include formal and informal concerts in churches, galleries and community centres together with live music for a variety of corporate events and private functions.
Inventive programming, immaculate presentation and a highly professional attitude are all essential requirements for musicians undertaking this work, and the team guides and supports you through this process offering feedback following each event.
Our Creative Careers Centre Assistant is committed to ensuring that relevant jobs and opportunities in the music business are featured on our extensive noticeboards and in our popular weekly jobs e-bulletin, bringing opportunities direct to your inbox whether you are a current student or an RCM graduate.
The Creative Careers Centre’s team leads units and seminars on the BMus programme raising many of the key issues concerning professional musicians. Topics include promoting yourself, applying for work, organising effective concerts and planning education projects.
An essential part of many musicians’ careers, teaching is widely valued among its exponents as a creative and worthwhile way to share your musical passion and expertise with a new generation.
The RCM Creative Careers Centre runs a popular teaching service which matches members of the public who want to learn with RCM students who are able to teach. Every week we receive requests for private music teachers of all types.
If you have the skills, commitment and experience you can be considered for teaching opportunities as they arise.