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The UK music industry is full of diversity and talent, providing the world with great musicians and songs. Music is still one of the most valued forms of entertainment as well as being one of the oldest. The industry combines the talents of singers, musicians, composers, producers, managers and record companies to make a vibrant and exciting career path for all types of talented people.
The music industry employs around 130,000 people and contributes about £5 billion to the UK economy (Department for Culture, Media and Sport). Music and radio is one the UK’s most culturally significant creative industries, as music and artists from the UK are recognised all over the world.
Whilst a large percentage of the UK music workforce is made up of artists and musicians working in live performance, there are many other areas of work in the industry, including:
The music industry is ever-changing, due to various factors including technology and copyright laws. The industry has to adapt to the changes in how people choose to listen to music, but also in how they purchase, or illegally download it. New laws will come into play, regarding copyright of music and how it can be downloaded and shared. Musicians and singers are also becoming a lot more technology-savvy with many more people becoming online entrepreneurs, or recording their own music without going through record labels or music management companies.
As there are many different types of profession within the industry, there are many routes into it as well. It is not necessary to have natural musical talent to work in the industry and there are no set qualifications required either. However, a passion for music and the industry will go a long way towards finding success.