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Why study Events?

  • The UK events industry is worth £42.3 billion to the UK economy and consists of gigs and concerts, festivals, theatre shows, exhibitions and conferences.
  • There are a growing number of outdoor events each year, with a particular expansion in festivals from music to art to food. The total number is now over 7,000.
  • 57,000 people are employed in the UK events industry.
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  • IS IT FOR YOU?
  • WHAT CAN I BE?
IS IT FOR YOU?
  • You will need to love events and have a passion to use your skills to realise business ideas. Successful entrepreneurs are creative people. If you are an event promoter you will need to anticipate future trends and find innovative business solutions to exploit these.
  • Most jobs in the events industry are not 9am-5pm desk jobs.
  • A lot of roles will require you to work late into the evening and over weekends. Is this something which will suit you and your family/relationships?
  • You may want to set up your own business and become self-employed. Being self employed means you will need to deal with business matters. Is this something which would suit you?
  • Salaries can vary enormously from low paid starter jobs and self-employment through to top jobs at large promotion and production companies.
  • In most roles teamwork skills are essential. It is also important that you are able to communicate effectively with everyone from artists and managers to promoters.
  • The industry is very fast moving with constant technology developments, especially in relation to how people experience events. You need to be a quick learner and enjoy learning new skills.
WHAT CAN I BE?

Event Promoter/Manager

You are the person who is responsible for organising and managing a music event, from a pub gig or club night up to a festival. You may be working on your own, or for larger events you will be working as part of a team. Excellent organisation and communication skills are essential, together with the ability to manage multiple tasks, from funding, licensing and health and safety through to booking acts, ticketing and marketing and promotion. Events is an exciting area, but one which can involve long hours with regular evening and weekend shifts.

Venue Manager


You are the person responsible for running a premises where events take place. This could be small or large venue. You will need to be able to manage all aspects of the operation from estates and licensing through to marketing and promotion and dealing with clients, companies and artists.

Sound Engineer


You are responsible for installing and/or operating live sound systems at events. You will need an excellent knowledge of venue acoustics and of the technical specification and wiring of sound reinforcement systems. You will need to be able to realise the sound needs of artists and deliver the best sound for the audience.

Lighting Engineer


You are responsible for installing and/or operating lighting and audio visual systems at events. You will need an excellent knowledge of venue and artist requirements and of the technical specification and wiring of lighting systems. You will need to be able to realise the lighting needs of artists and deliver the best visual display for the audience.

Rigger


You are responsible for installing staging and other infrastructure at events. You will need an excellent knowledge of stage and site construction, with the ability to work at heights. You will need to be able to realise the needs of event organisers and deliver the best solutions, all to a strict health and safety agenda.