Musicians’ Survival Guide

Your guide on how to survive (and thrive) in the music industry.

We know that you can never learn from too many people when it comes to preparing for a career in music. Everyone has a different viewpoint and it can be difficult sometimes to work out whose advice to follow.
We think that the best answer is to take as much advice and input as possible, explore different directions, and see what works for you. There is so much to know and think about, so we put this guide together as a handy companion on the next step of your musical journey.

Legal & Finance

Here you can find advice and tips on the ‘business’ side of music.

Musical Life

Collections of interviews, insights and guidance on living and working in the music industry.

Community music & education

This section is all about working in or around music education. You can find advice and tips on how to begin a career in this thriving area of the music industry.

More ways to get involved

What's On

Our packed concert season welcomes everyone from global stars to up-and-coming talents – and Leeds College of Music students are always at the heart of the programme


Further your studies, focus on your specialism and work alongside creative practitioners with our PGDip, MMus and MA in Production, Performance or Composition


Participate in our two flagship conferences, the International Festival for Innovations in Music Production and Composition (iFIMPaC) and the Leeds International Jazz Education Conference (LIJEC)