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CMU Insights: Download the first Pathways Into Music guide

By | Published on Wednesday 18 March 2020

Pathways Into Music

Don’t forget, you can now download the first of a series of guides based on CMU’s Pathways Into Music project, a multi-year research programme that is mapping music careers, and proposing how music education and the music industry could better support young music-makers.

The first guide reviews the frontline artist career, breaking that pathway down into ten steps, from hobbyist to headliner. The traditional music industry gets involved in a focused way at around about step four, making steps one to three the DIY Phase. A key question being tackled by the wider project is: what do artists need to do to progress through the DIY Phase, and what support is available to help with that process?

The guide identifies DIY services, industry organisations, mentors, peers and educators as all playing a key role during those first three steps. One way to ensure that more DIY Phase artists have access to that support is to enable them to identify and connect with a local music industry. To help with that process, Pathways Into Music has also developed a taxonomy and methodology for mapping local music communities, which will be outlined in the next guide – coming very soon!

Together these guides – and a series of accompanying webinars – aim to provide information, advice, resources and teaching aids for those people educating and otherwise supporting those embarking on a music career, on or off stage.

Download the first guide here. And check out more information about the wider Pathways Into Music project here.