How to become a Musician

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: April 2016
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • What qualifications and skills are required?
  • Key market issues and trends
  • Trading, commercial and legal issues
  • Legislation
  • Further information

Musicians perform as vocalists, instrumentalists or both, typically at live venues such as pubs, clubs, hotels, concert halls and festivals or busking in the street. Many perform live music for events such as weddings, funerals, parties, concerts and charity and corporate events, either solo or as part of a band, choir, group or orchestra. Some generate income from session work in recording studios, or from composing and song writing, selling recorded music and teaching.

This profile does not cover teaching music, which is covered separately in BOP 54, Private Music Tutor.

This profile provides information about starting up and trading as a musician. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and some of the key trading issues. It also explains the legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support.

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