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Artist development (5)


Who is the course for?
It’s for bands, composers, producers, singer-songwriters etc. who are serious about their music and want to develop themselves as a viable brand.

Entry requirements?
You must be aged 16 or over for Level 4 courses. You will either have completed a Level 3 course, or you will have to demonstrate suitable artist-related skills. You will also be invited to attend an interview/audition.

What is the course about?
The main focus of the course is on artist and repertoire development. You will be encouraged to explore yourself as an artist, evolving your music, your image and your brand perception.

What will I do on the course?

  • Undergo an intensive A&R development process, similar to the process offered by record or management companies.
  • Explore yourself as an artist and brand.
    Develop your artistic and musical expression and creativity.
  • Learn how to contextualise yourself and your music.
    Develop and refine your musical skills for professional application.
  • Develop your repertoire for recording and performance.
    Develop presentation, performance and showcasing skills.
  • Gain work-based learning experience in London.
    Perform at professional London venues and local and national gigs, working with Atom Live events company.
  • Get the opportunity to sell your music - Access to Music works with the Atom Music Group to offer you digital distribution, publishing and management options.

How is it delivered?
You will work on projects which lead to positive, practical outcomes. Delivery is centred on music-making sessions in tech suites, studios and venues. You will also have full-group sessions covering supporting content.

What qualification will I get?
Access to Music designs its own qualifications in partnership with awarding body, Rockschool. Courses at Level 4 lead to a Rockschool Diploma for Creative Practitioners. Diplomas for one year courses generate 64 ten-hour credits.

Where is it delivered?

Please note that courses are subject to cancellation if there is insufficient recruitment. In such cases applicants will be offered an alternative course where possible.

Where next?
Progression can be to our Popular Musician foundation degree in London (in partnership with the University of Westminster) and to the Popular Music Practice (Session Musician) foundation degree run in partnership with the Royal Northern College of Music.


This course is an ideal way of empowering artists and musicians to manage their professional development in anticipation of working in the music industry.
Hugo Bedford
A&R Director Atlantic Records UK

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