Career recovery

Every resource on this page has been suggested and tested by musicians, for musicians, to help you navigate a safe return to work and support your career recovery. It’s curated by the Musicians’ Movement consulting with many different musician communities.

If you know of a useful resource that isn’t listed below, please send it to us for consideration (info@musiciansmovement.co.uk).

Get Back To Performing

Find New Work

A leading diary service for orchestral musicians, taking the admin burden and helping to manage and find opportunities to fill your diary.

“A leading diary service for orchestral musicians, taking the admin burden and helping to manage and find opportunities to fill your diary.”

Job site for teaching and performing roles

EFDS partners provide showcase performance opportunities for artists.

SoulEndvr is a casting agency and production company working across the board and ‘known for specialising in providing the UK’s best black and ethnic minority musicians for Television, Film and Advertising.’

Develop Your Digital Presence

Promotion, marketing and gig-getting advice curated by a professional booking agent/manager and featuring sector-wide interviews and guidance. Paid options for extra, more bespoke help through courses with founder Matt Fripp.

Free resources on building a portfolio career.

Accessible way to create music videos.

Lots of guides on releasing music, promotion, rights and careers.

Share Your Workload

Subscription based platform to hire professional recording musicians remotely

A leading diary service for orchestral musicians, taking the admin burden and helping to manage and find opportunities to fill your diary.

“A leading diary service for orchestral musicians, taking the admin burden and helping to manage and find opportunities to fill your diary.”

Freelance Services for Business.

“Roc4 is an Instant Payments solution aimed at freelancers ranging from actors and musicians to journalists and photographers. The service instantly pay artists upon completion of a ‘gig’, as well as providing numerous benefits from mobile services to retail discounts.”

General Resources

If you need a space to rehearse, hold a meeting or want to put on your own event, Hire Space is a database of spaces you can hire offering transparent rates before you enquire. You’ll find everything from two people, to some of the UK’s largest theatres.

“The ISM has collated a selection of online learning resources for primary, secondary and instrumental learning. Many are free or discounted during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

UK trade body representing the specific rights and interests of music artists.

DIY Guide to ‘Mentoring in Music’

Directory of female and minority gender musicians.

Music business advice in the NE.

Creative and Freelance Toolkit for Covid 19 by Remi Harris.

Association of Independent Music

Trade body representing independently recorded music and musicians.

A large search engine of free AIM guides on a very broad range of topics ranging from Brexit guidelines and career development, to Covid regulations compliance and Licensing.

Making Music

Resource library for leasure time musicians.

Database of leasure time music groups.

Database with programme notes, sheet music and repertoire information.

Develop Your Creative Practice

A new online learning hub for artists and industry launched today, including Webinar Lectures.

Library of funding opportunities for leisure time music projects.

online community where artists share work and ideas

E-learning platform for the music industry

BBC introducing live 2020 panel talks and masterclasses.

Short term courses in music production, DJ etc.

Free grant funding sessions.

“There’s funding out there but it takes some tracking down – here’s a quick way to find opportunities relevant to you.”

English Folk Song and Dance Society

“The EFDSS Creative Bursary and Residency Programme, now in its 9th year, aims to support artists in exploring new creative ideas inspired by and sourced from traditional English folk music.”

Applications likely open near the end of the year. Six grants of £500 each offered to folk artists to support anything that will help their professional career development.

Artist Development.

Legal Resources

Legal Advice for cancelled contracts and loss of income due to Corona.

Advice on Performance Royalties for Musicians.

Free guides on a variety of different subjects.

Music Copyright explained.

Get Back to Recording

Find New Work

Production Music Library (opportunity to earn with compositions)

Production Music Library (Royalty Free) (opportunity to earn with compositions)

Production Music Library (opportunity to earn with compositions)

Sync and licensing opportunities.

Develop Your Digital Presence

Free resources on building a portfolio career.

Accessible way to create music videos.

Lots of guides on releasing music, promotion, rights and careers.

Share Your Workload

Subscription based platform to hire professional recording musicians remotely.

Freelance Services for Business.

“Roc4 is an Instant Payments solution aimed at freelancers ranging from actors and musicians to journalists and photographers. The service instantly pay artists upon completion of a ‘gig’, as well as providing numerous benefits from mobile services to retail discounts.”

Artist services including sync, publishing etc.

General Resources

If you need a space to rehearse, hold a meeting or want to put on your own event, Hire Space is a database of spaces you can hire offering transparent rates before you enquire. You’ll find everything from two people, to some of the UK’s largest theatres.

UK trade body representing the specific rights and interests of music artists.

Directory of female and minority gender musicians.

Music business advice in the NE.

Creative and Freelance Toolkit for Covid 19 by Remi Harris.

DIY Guide to ‘Mentoring in Music’

“Safeguards interests of members, deals with protecting copyright through child – organisations MCPR and PMLL”

“Non-profit organisation that represents professional Record Producers, Recording Engineers, Mixers, Mastering Engineers and recording studios”

Membership based community for songwriters and composers.

Association of Independent Music

Trade body representing independently recorded music and musicians.

A large search engine of free AIM guides on a very broad range of topics ranging from Brexit guidelines and career development, to Covid regulations compliance and Licensing.

Develop Your Creative Practice

“The ISM has collated a selection of online learning resources for primary, secondary and instrumental learning. Many are free or discounted during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

A new online learning hub for artists and industry launched today, including Webinar Lectures.

“The EFDSS Creative Bursary and Residency Programme, now in its 9th year, aims to support artists in exploring new creative ideas inspired by and sourced from traditional English folk music.”

Applications likely open near the end of the year. Six grants of £500 each offered to folk artists to support anything that will help their professional career development.

Library of funding opportunities for leisure time music projects.

Online community where artists share work and ideas.

E-learning platform for the music industry.

BBC introducing live 2020 panel talks and masterclasses.

Short term courses in music production, DJ etc.

Free grant funding sessions.

Online school for music production.

Production Music Library (opportunity to earn with compositions)

Legal Resources

Legal Advice for cancelled contracts and loss of income due to Corona.

Advice on Performance Royalties for Musicians.Artist Development.

Free guides on a variety of different subjects.

Music Copyright explained.

Advice on Copyright Law for Musicians.

Get Back to Composing / Songwriting

Find New Work

“Production Music Library (opportunity to earn with compositions)”

Production Music Library (Royalty Free) (opportunity to earn with compositions)

Production Music Library (opportunity to earn with compositions)

EFDS commissions new compositions directly from artists.

Sync and licensing opportunities.

Develop Your Digital Presence

Accessible way to create music videos.

Lots of guides on releasing music, promotion, rights and careers.

Share Your Workload

Freelance Services for Business.

Artist services including sync, publishing etc

“Roc4 is an Instant Payments solution aimed at freelancers ranging from actors and musicians to journalists and photographers. The service instantly pay artists upon completion of a ‘gig’, as well as providing numerous benefits from mobile services to retail discounts.”

General Resources

Safeguards interests of members, deals with protecting copyright through child – organisations MCPR and PMLL

“The ISM has collated a selection of online learning resources for primary, secondary and instrumental learning. Many are free or discounted during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Membership based community for songwriters and composers.

UK trade body representing the specific rights and interests of music artists.

Music business advice in the NE.

Creative and Freelance Toolkit for Covid 19 by Remi Harris.

A large search engine of free AIM guides on a very broad range of topics ranging from Brexit guidelines and career development, to Covid regulations compliance and Licensing.

DIY Guide to ‘Mentoring in Music’

Develop Your Creative Practice

“Andrew Hugill’s orchestral guide provides information about the orchestra, orchestration, composition and instruments, for the benefit of anybody with an interest in the subject. Useful for orchestrators, arrangers, composers and educators.”

“Production Music Library (opportunity to earn with compositions)”

A new online learning hub for artists and industry launched today, including Webinar Lectures.

Library of funding opportunities for leisure time music projects.

Online community where artists share work and ideas.

Short term courses in music production, DJ etc.

Free grant funding sessions.

English Folk Song and Dance Society

Artist Development.

“The EFDSS Creative Bursary and Residency Programme, now in its 9th year, aims to support artists in exploring new creative ideas inspired by and sourced from traditional English folk music.”

Applications likely open near the end of the year. Six grants of £500 each offered to folk artists to support anything that will help their professional career development.

Legal Resources

Advice on Copyright Law for Musicians.

Information on how to set up a PMLL licence in order to make copies and arrangements legally.

Legal Advice for cancelled contracts and loss of income due to Corona.

Free guides on a variety of different subjects.

Music Copyright explained.

Get Back To Teaching

Find New Work

Job site for teaching and performing roles

Private tuition advertising space

Develop Your Digital Presence

DIY Guide to ‘Mentoring in Music’

Share Your Workload

Freelance Services for Business.

“Roc4 is an Instant Payments solution aimed at freelancers ranging from actors and musicians to journalists and photographers. The service instantly pay artists upon completion of a ‘gig’, as well as providing numerous benefits from mobile services to retail discounts.”

General Resources

If you need a space to rehearse, hold a meeting or want to put on your own event, Hire Space is a database of spaces you can hire offering transparent rates before you enquire. You’ll find everything from two people, to some of the UK’s largest theatres.

“The ISM has collated a selection of online learning resources for primary, secondary and instrumental learning. Many are free or discounted during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

A large search engine of free AIM guides on a very broad range of topics ranging from Brexit guidelines and career development, to Covid regulations compliance and Licensing.

Training course for piano teachers. Focusing on Kodaly

Music Mark

Advocate for government supported, high quality music education for children and young people.

A selection of music home learning resources.

List of Music Mark’s Resources.

Develop Your Creative Practice

A new online learning hub for artists and industry launched today, including Webinar Lectures.

Applications likely open near the end of the year. Six grants of £500 each offered to folk artists to support anything that will help their professional career development.

Short term courses in music production, DJ etc.

“Andrew Hugill’s orchestral guide provides information about the orchestra, orchestration, composition and instruments, for the benefit of anybody with an interest in the subject. Useful for orchestrators, arrangers, composers and educators.”

“There’s funding out there but it takes some tracking down – here’s a quick way to find opportunities relevant to you.”

Legal Resources

Comprehensive covid-19 health and safety advice for music teachers released

Form to request DBS checks for employees or volunteers.

Music Mark

Covid-related guidance for schools and music education providers.

“Information on how Music Education providers can adapt their provision for online learning including some key safeguarding considerations”

Information on how to set up a PMLL licence in order to make copies and arrangements legally.

Health and Financial

HELP MUSICIANS

The Health and Welfare team offers structured support to professional musicians in times of personal crisis. Our approach is person-centred; building tailored support around an individual’s specific needs. We provide financial assistance for health interventions and access to music specialist health assessments for performance related health issues.

BAPAM

BAPAM is a specialist healthcare charity giving medical advice to performing arts professionals and students. Their expert clinicians understand the demands of a performing arts career and can help with problems including work-related injuries and pain, tension, voice problems, hypermobility, performance or career-related anxiety and other psychological issues. BAPAM clinicians are from a range of backgrounds including general practice, physiotherapy, psychology, osteopathy, rheumatology, and orthopaedics.

BAPAM is offering a series of free online training sessions for musicians covering a range of performance health issues.

Every Tuesday, BAPAM hosts facilitated sessions to support you in developing and sustaining healthy practices as a performing artist.

STAYING HEALTHY

Sport and Exercise Nutritionist James Collins writes for ISM on looking after your health during lockdown.

How to set up a home work station to avoid back pain.