The Big Music Project has part-funded several music industry internships and we’re aiming to inspire and create incredible opportunities for young people from across the country who want to get into the music business. We’re sitting down with each of our interns one by one to find out how they’re getting on! Meet Chelsea, who is doing a Studio Management internship at Blast Recording Studio in Newcastle.
How long have you been in your role?
“Approx 9 months.”
What’s the first thing you do when you get into the office?
“If we have clients using the studio, I will arrive early to make sure they settle in before their session and to make sure the studio is tidy. On days where no clients are using the studio, I will check the studio is clean and tidy before heading to my desk to answer my mails.”
Talk us through your day-to-day tasks.
“Each morning I handle emails regarding bookings before I do anything else, this often means calling clients, discussing rates and selling the studio benefits. I then look at ways to market the studio to get more business through the doors, this ranges from contacting local magazines to posting out on social media.
The company also manages musicians, so I handle queries for our artists and look at ways to promote their music etc. I often take calls from agents, managers, record labels etc who are interested in our clients.
Each day varies depending on the needs on our artists and clients, which keeps me on my toes!”
What’s your favourite thing you do each day?
“I enjoy introducing clients to the studio. I often coordinate visits for potential clients and I find those rewarding once the clients book in with us.”
Tell us about a project you’re currently working on. What do you like/what don’t you like about it?
“I’m currently working on a gig for one of the artists we manage – this means contacting venues, promoters, press and more. I’m very hands on with this project which feels extremely rewarding. I like having the freedom to sink my teeth into a project. There isn’t anything I particularly dislike about it – I guess if something goes wrong it will be my responsibility which won’t be pleasant but I’ll deal with that if it happens!”
What kind of challenges do you face day-to-day?
“The biggest challenge is probably learning how to deal with different types of people very quickly. I take calls and meet people in person – all with different attitudes and expectations. It’s important to learn how to deal with these varying kinds of people in order to make them feel welcome and comfortable.”
What have you learnt about the world of work?
“That it’s a lot of hard work! But that’s not a bad thing, this role has endless opportunities meaning I can finish one task and move onto something brand new very quickly. A lot of jobs I’ve heard about from friends include similar tasks each day, this one isn’t like that and I’m grateful for it!”
Have their been any surprises in your placement so far? “Meeting Take That was a surprise! I answered a call and booked in a band which ended up being Take That. I guess as far as surprises go that ones pretty good!”
What advice would you give to other people looking to apply for internships?
“To stick with it and keep applying! They’re not always easy to find, especially in Newcastle I noticed. Now I have my job, I wouldn’t trade it for the world!”
What do you want to do next?
“I’d really love to stay on with the business which is something that will be discussed soon. If that’s not possible, I’ll definitely be carrying on with my career in music. I’ve gained so much experience and so many contacts in 9 month that I really do feel like I’ve taken a step up from when I was going alone.”
In an ideal world, where will you be in five years time?
“In 5 years I’d love to think the bands I’ve been looking after would be at the height of their careers, and that I’m still playing a part in that! That’s always been a dream since I started managing voluntarily. My perception hasn’t changed one bit, I just feel like its more attainable now that I’ve met people in these roles through my internship.”