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Doors Open and Resident Advisor have partnered with Berlin radio station Refuge Worldwide to launch a careers development project. Taking place at the Refuge Worldwide studio in Neukölln on May 16th, Unlocked is a free event that aims to equip participants with knowledge around roles that exist within the music industry. It will span a series of sessions with leading industry figures, such as Refuge Worldwide cofounder Richard...
What does a UX designer do? A UX designer's primary goal is to craft digital products that create a seamless and intuitive experience for users. Ever had a negative experience using a website? Maybe you’re struggling to book a flight because there’s so many ‘add-on’ options? That’s exactly why UX designers exist - to make sure that doesn’t happen. UX Designers are responsible for identifying user needs...
  Forward in Sound - a collaborative initiative from Doors Open,  Saffron , Sound Services and Resident Advisor - is back for its second year! Taking place from April 29th through May, June and July, Forward in Sound is open to women and trans, non-binary and gender non-conforming people. The project will see six successful applicants undertake a bespoke sound engineering course developed by Saffron and Sound Services...
Doors Open and RA are bringing back our free music industry careers and knowledge sharing project, Access All Areas in October.   Taking place at the Rose Lipman Community Centre in East London on October 7th, Access All Areas 2.0 will host twice as many attendees as last year . There will be sessions geared towards helping people better understand the music industry ecosystem and identify possible career paths, as well as a...
  What does a label manager do? A label manager handles the digital and physical distribution of music and merchandise for record labels. They also advise on release strategy, including marketing, socials and press. The other key part of the role is maintaining sales to shops, wholesalers and overseas distributors, as well as keeping them up to date with new releases that are available.  What makes a great label manager?...
  What does a lighting designer do? Day to day my job as an LD can change a lot. From imagining exciting concepts and transferring those into actual design layouts. Other days it's comms, logistics and budgets. Other days it can be programming, operating and manifesting the show, all together aiming to achieve something that enhances the performance, and combined with the music completes the show with impact and harmony. ...
What does a marketing manager do? In a nutshell, my job is to get the word out about my brand and share our message with those that align with our ethos. At The Halley we’re constantly working on an array of projects that support different people in the music industry - including our charity partners, young entrepreneurs and artists. My job is to have insight on all aspects of this, create messaging and campaigns around them, ensuring...
Doors Open and Resident Advisor have launched a career development project in collaboration with Bristol nonprofit Saffron and audio hire firm Sound Services . Open to women, trans, non-binary and gender non-conforming people, Forward in Sound will fund a bespoke sound engineering course for six successful applicants. The course will cover areas such as live sound theory, DJ equipment and live band setup, live mixing...
The new music and careers development project from Doors Open and Resident Advisor aims to democratise knowledge and tackle a lack of representation in the music industry. Taking place at RA's London office on Saturday, December 10th, Access All Areas will consist of sessions, panels and masterclasses focused on understanding the industry ecosystem, identifying possible career paths, networking and how to apply for roles. The sessions...
The sixth episode of Behind The Scenes spotlights the story of Pau Cristòful, Booker at Primavera Sound, MUTEK ES and Nitsa. Starting as a music journalist for the local newspaper when he was only 14 years old, Pau was soon writing for more well-known media such as Go Mag, This is Underground and Vice. The money he made from journalism was invested in the production of shows in his hometown, Vic and in Barcelona. With time, he caught...
In the second instalment of Doors Open's BTS Live, Tony Nwachukwu, CDR's founder, Nicole McKenzie, MIC Records A&R, and Holly Manners, Warner Records A&R, talk about one of the most influential roles in the music industry: A&R or Artists and Repertoire. Watch the full episode to learn more about the necessary skills to succeed in this position, how our guests started their careers and what they take into...
What does a Label Manager do?  A Label Manager is a jack of all trades but is mainly responsible for coordinating and delivering releases - on time, on budget and on brand. What makes a great Label Manager? Professionalism above all. This is a holistic attitude to the role - to name a few key examples: good work ethic, diplomacy, responsiveness, flexibility, ability to manage expectations, and a keen eye for detail. Even...