Graduate of the Music Management course, Jo Howarth, visited
Solent University to give a talk to current students about her experiences and
how she broke into working for a massive management company, where she is directly
involved with some big names.
Jo was someone who knew what she wanted from the word
go. Even if it meant doing an internship
at Riverman Management and then going back to university to start the grind of
the final year. She explained to
students that even though she spent months away from university and it
benefited her career to focus on studies, join the music managers forum and
search for jobs early so students feel prepared. This is what a lot of graduates have noted as
well as the fact that networking is a key part of this industry, hence why she
created a female-based music industry company/conference for her final major
project so that more females can feel a lot more confident to go out there and
get into this tough industry.
The recent graduate also spoke to students about the day to
day life working in a music management company.
Whether that is at Riverman Management or at her current job where she’s
working for Tap Management.
“The biggest issue is
no-one cares when you start managing a band”
That quote right there, is the absolute truth in any part of
the music industry but even more so in music management. You have to work at it and keep going at it,
doing things like networking to get your band’s music out there and Jo mentioned
in her lecture that networking was the key to getting anywhere for interviews
or even freelance work. She also talked about
how when you go into interviews, for whatever position in the industry, you need
some level of backbone. This is because
they will take you seriously and become more intrigued about what you can do
and bring to the table.
Jo concluded that working harder than the next person is
what will help you get noticed, which had some students nodding with some level
of inspiration from her story. Graduates
like Jo, who try new things, create projects that are different and persist are
what make the three years of blood, sweat and tears all worth it in the end.