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Overlooked Music Jobs Focus Of Career Day

London aims to show high schoolers that, even if you can’t sing, there may still be a job for you in the music industry.

The London Music Office will hold the city’s first music career day next month at the Wolf Performance Hall on Dundas St. The one day free event will highlight music industry jobs that are often overlooked, including publicists, venue managers, music synchronizers, entertainment lawyers, sound engineers, tour accountants, and business managers.

“The music industry is like an iceberg,” said Cory Crossman, London’s music industry development officer. “The public only sees a small portion of the music industry when in fact the largest segment operates behind the scenes. We’re trying to show that it’s not just about the band and the musicians but that there are many careers available that connect and support those on stage.”

The music career day will run from 9am to 4pm on November 17. Those in attendance will be able to listen to panel discussions and key note presentations, interact one-on-one in the mentor lounge, and discuss careers with industry professionals during breakout sessions. There will also be a few musical performances.

Over 20,000 jobs related to live music exist in Ontario. There is a possibility that number could go up as the music industry is currently seeing significant growth and partnerships with other creative fields.

In London, 875 students are enrolled in music programs at post-secondary institutions, such as Fanshawe College’s Music Industry Arts program.

“London has a need for amplifiers, the people that support the growth of music careers,” said Crossman. “We have a real hub here in London but we need to get youth thinking about careers in and around music if we’re going to truly build a vibrant Music City.”

For more information or to register to attend the career day click here.