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SUPPORTING MUSIC EDUCATORS

The Educator Pathway Programme

A professional development programme for music educators




Pathways Into Music Foundation now offers a professional development programme for music educators that provides teachers, tutors and lecturers, and people running education hubs and talent initiatives, with access to the latest insights about music careers and the music business.

We ran a pilot edition of the programme in April 2024 which you can read about here. Look for details about future editions here soon.



THE PROGRAMME

PATHWAYS INTO MUSIC
To kick-start the proceedings, we will consider the different career routes in music by hearing from a number of music-makers and music industry professionals. You’ll hear how those people got their start in the business, how they pursued different opportunities, and the projects they are involved in today.



MAPPING MUSIC EDUCATION
This session looks at all the different strands of music education, including in schools, colleges and universities; instrument tuition and exam programmes; talent development organisations and youth groups; and online learning and industry-led initiatives.

The aim is to understand how the different strands fit together, and the role each strand can play in supporting those young people who want to pursue a career in music.



MAPPING THE MUSIC INDUSTRY
This session looks at the different ways frontline artists generate income around their music and how the music industry is structured around those revenue streams.

It then outlines the key business partners artists work with, creating a map of the music industry which works at both a national and local level. Using that map, we will explain how to map local music industries, identifying key players and gaps in support.



MAPPING MUSIC CAREERS: MUSIC-MAKERS
The Pathways Into Music Foundation has been mapping music careers, tracking the career route taken by both frontline artists and portfolio musicians.

In this session we run through this work, putting the spotlight on the DIY Phase before music-makers start working with the music industry. This is the stage where those music-makers rely heavily on educators to access the knowledge and support they need.



MAPPING MUSIC CAREERS: INDUSTRY ROLES
What about the opportunities to work in music behind the scenes? Revisiting our map of the music industry, this session explores the different roles in the music business, and explains how young people can go about building the skills and knowledge they need to pursue this kind of music career.



MUSIC COPYRIGHT EXPLAINED
As soon as early-career music-makers write songs and record tracks they create copyrights. If they collaborate with other people, they will co-own those copyrights.

This session runs through the five key copyright facts all young creators need to understand in order to effectively manage, monetise and protect their intellectual property – and suggests how and when to communicate key information to those creators.



THE DIY PHASE TOOLKIT
This session runs through all the knowledge and skills that DIY Phase artists need in order to start to build a career in music. It also reviews the resources and support available for DIY Phase artists, including online resources, local and national talent development programmes, industry and media-led initiatives, and funding schemes.

It aims to help educators sign-post the credible and legitimate resources and support that is available to the young people they are working with.



THE DIY PHASE: FANBASE BUILDING
For aspiring frontline artists one of the most important tasks in the DIY Phase is fanbase building – ie finding an audience.

This session provides a guide to all the key tools and tactics DIY Phase artists can employ as part of this process, providing practical tips that educators can then share with the early-career music-makers they support.



MUSIC BUSINESS TRENDS
The music industry is constantly evolving as the way people consume music and connect with the artists they love changes, and as new technologies impact on music-making, music marketing and the music experience.

This session provides an up-to-date guide to the very latest trends, developments and debates in the music business.