The Royal College of Music is a world-leader in career development for musicians. We emphasise the need for students to be confident and versatile communicators, not just in their professional engagements, but in everything they do.
The RCM’s renowned Creative Careers Centre provides an unparalleled service. Recognised internationally for our innovative approach to supporting young musicians, we offer resources and guidance, bespoke career advice, workshops and presentations by industry specialists, plus a broad range of professional opportunities, including performances and teaching work. For many students, the Creative Careers Centre helps pave the way to a successful lifelong career in music.
Our dedicated team partners with leading consultants, reputable arts organisations and local communities, delivering unique career-building opportunities and a direct route to the music industry. We enable musicians to discover their professional identity, gain hands-on experience and new skills, develop an entrepreneurial mind-set and build a fulfilling professional portfolio.
You can use these services from day one of your course to develop an outstanding CV and wealth of experience, which will help shape your future career. The resources of the Creative Careers Centre are available to all alumni for up to five years after graduation.
Tailored career support
The resources offered by the Creative Careers Centre are comprehensive and varied. We provide a range of reference materials and tailored one-to-one sessions. Importantly, we understand that successful musicians today need good business skills to reinforce their artistic talents.
Each week the Creative Careers Centre produces a tailored bulletin of opportunities and jobs, collating information from a range of sources. Students and alumni regularly find work through these bulletins and clients often ask to be included, knowing they are targeting a talented and experienced pool of musicians.
The Creative Careers Centre offers valuable guidance on CV and biography writing, funding applications, programming, and how to communicate effectively with audiences and clients. We can also advise students on how to develop repertoire, build audiences and develop a business idea.
We actively encourage students to be entrepreneurial, supplying expert advice on project management, marketing and publicity, online promotion, funding, artist management, diary services and tax.
RCM Accelerate supports graduating RCM students to kick-start a new creative project, social enterprise, or business idea; or to take an existing initiative to the next level. Successful applicants receive grant funding and mentoring support. The scheme promotes proactivity, creativity, and an entrepreneurial mind-set.
Current graduates on the scheme include:
- Alison Wormell: their new film collective Play Outdoors Productions aims to promote underrepresented voices in the arts music and the outdoors
- Pietro Genova Gaia: he is bringing together a community of musicians and artists in North London at the Netherall House Auditorium
- Magdalenna Krstevska & Sophie Glenny: their new group The Corelia Project aims to bring to life incredible chamber music by women
- Bertille Mas: Ensemble Astrolabe researches forgotten composers and historically informed performances.
Following registration, students wishing to find out more about RCM Accelerate can visit the Creative Careers Centre pages on Learn.rcm.