Liverpool Philharmonic to hold Music Industry Careers Fest

Liverpool Philharmonic will present its annual Music Industry Careers Fest on Sunday, 4 February, 12pm - 6pm, delivered in collaboration with LIMF Academy with support from Culture Liverpool/SIF.

This inspiring event offers young people aged 14-21 the chance to learn more about careers in music, network with leading industry professionals and meet other like-minded people.

Liverpool Philharmonic’s Careers Fest will include a variety of hands-on workshops, fascinating demonstrations and talks from industry experts covering everything about working in the music industry.

Guest speakers include: BBC Radio Merseyside’s Jade Burns, podcasters Rebecca Toal and Hattie Butterworth (Things Musicians Don’t Talk About), Brian O’Connor and Simon Barber (Sodajerker), Bassoonist and Broadcaster Linton Stephens, Royal Northern College of Music’s Head of Enterprise (Academic) and Senior Lecturer in Music Psychology Dr. Michelle Phillips, Chief Executive of Spitalfields Music Sarah Gee, Director of LIMF Academy Yaw Owusu and professional musicians from across a range of performance styles including Dr. Simon Rowebottom lead singer, guitarist and songwriter of The Boo Radleys, conductor Robin Wallington, opera singer Davonne Tines, and singer and actress Megan Burns. 

Careers Fest is open to anyone interested in a career within the music industry, from performing, composing, songwriting, sound engineering, technical and production, music journalism, recording, management, music education or creative health.

This year will also include a free Music Careers Marketplace, where attendees will have the opportunity to chat with representatives from leading music organisations and employers including LIPA, Ivors Academy, The Royal Northern College of Music, Help Musicians, Revere Arts, Ditto Music and more.

Jordan Armstrong, Youth Company Manager at Liverpool Philharmonic, said, “Working in music is incredibly fulfilling but it can feel tricky to break into the industry. We’re so excited to present this event and help young people discover the possibilities that are out there.

“What better way to learn about a career in music than from the people who are already leading figures in the industry themselves? From performance and production to management and education, there are so many opportunities out there and we can’t wait to help put young people on the pathway to their dream career”.

Yaw Owusu, Programme Director for LIMF Academy, said, “It’s always inspiring to work with the Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Company on their Careers Day event – which in my opinion is one of the leading opportunities available for emerging musicians and music creators to learn from experts and each other.

“I also look forward to our annual LIMF Academy orchestrated element of the programme too – which will see some of the most talented solo artists from our cohort perform with the youth session orchestra. It is going to be great!”

On Saturday, 3 February, audiences are also invited to LIMF Academy Orchestrated, a concert by Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Session Orchestra & LIMF Academy singer-songwriters. The showcase celebrates the talented young music creators of our city featuring a range of specially arranged cross-genre originals and covers. More information can be found here:

“The talks from people working in the industry really inspired me to believe I could have a job or career in music.” – Careers Fest attendee 2023 

“The Careers Marketplace was absolutely AMAZING!! Everyone was so passionate about what they do, and very encouraging.”  – Careers Fest attendee 2023 

Tickets for Careers Fest are £5.  More information can be found at: 

Careers Marketplace is open to the public for free (no tickets required). 

Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult. Adults will need to purchase their own ticket. 


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