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! Here’s Milly’s story, who is working with The Big Music Project as a National Programmes Intern.
How long have you been in your role?
I started my internship in late June this year, so we are coming up to 3 months now. The time has flown!
What’s the first thing you do when you get into the office?
Every morning I get in and check my emails, and then check my calendar. On Friday afternoon I schedule the entirety of the next week so that every morning I come in and know exactly what I’m doing and when.
Talk us through your day-to-day tasks.
No 2 days are the same in my role as my responsibilities span across several areas of The Big Music Project. Usually I spend my time liaising with our Big Music Hubs, creating documents which aim to support the delivery of TBMP, and searching for jobs and internships to signpost on TBMP Website.
What’s your favourite thing you do each day?
I love that each day I can go home knowing that the work we do makes a difference, and that’s an amazing thing to be a part of. I love that my role allows me to be creative whilst contributing to a much bigger picture.
Tell us about projects you’ve worked on and what you liked and didn’t like about it?
Across the 4 strands of TBMP I work on the Hubs, the Website and the Internships and Work Experience Placements. Each of these strands offers massive diversity in how I work, with some meaning I work at my desk and others meaning that I’m out and about interacting with people. I love that I get to sit down and immerse myself in creating documents for the project and that in the same day I might be heading out to interact with partners and contacts. On days where I am sat at my desk all day, however, I can feel myself itching to do something different – but this is something which is always going to be a part of working life. As long as I keep myself really motivated and busy the days fly by!
What kind of challenges do you face day-to-day?
The biggest problem I have faced so far is switching off at the end of the day. Coming from university where you take your work home with you and don’t have set working hours, it took me a while to get used to the “work-life balance” you hear everyone talk about. It’s so tempting to finish off a task when you get home, but over the weeks I’ve realised how important it is to use your down-time to relax and focus on your personal life.
What have you learnt about the world of work?
The world of work is so much more diverse than I ever imagined. There are jobs which you don’t even know exist until you come across them. I’ve also learned that the music industry is so vast, and there are careers within it that may not have glamourous titles attached to them but are so important to ensure that the music industry prospers.
What advice would you give to other people looking to apply for internships?
Don’t be afraid of admitting a lack of experience. Internships are all about personal and professional development and are designed to give you that experience you need. Try to view inexperience as an opportunity for improvement rather than a weakness, and an employer will respect this mature outlook.
What do you want to do next?
When my internship ends I’d love to continue working on a youth music project, maybe even staying on with TBMP if they’ll have me! I’m super passionate about being a part of a project which offers so much to young people, and with my classical background it would be great to focus on how we can offer opportunities to young people across the genre spectrum.
In an ideal world, where will you be in five years time?
I’d love to be working on a youth music programme focusing mainly on classical music. It’s now more important than ever to make sure young people stay engaged with traditional music genres and celebrate their potential!