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Press Play will give you a broad understanding of the different career paths and opportunities available as a music leader.

Find out what it takes to be a practitioner in a variety of settings, including music education and the community arts sector. The day will also cover how to get a project idea off the ground and practical advice on self-employment and life as a portfolio musician.

Along with this, there is plenty of time to meet and connect with fellow participants, employers, music practitioners and Trinity Laban alumni.

The below information relates to Press Play 2017.

Content and Schedule

Press Play Schedule

The above timetable is subject to change  

Opening Bars

Discover how to establish yourself as a music leader and what it takes to be a practitioner. Led by Jennifer Raven (Sound Connections and TL Alumni), this session will give an overview of the sector in a variety of contexts and choice of areas you can go into. Jennifer will share her experience of setting up and delivering a music project, along with practical guidance and advice about going freelance, how to develop your professional network, and the nature of a portfolio career.

We’re also pleased to welcome back recent Trinity Laban graduate, Lucy Drever, to share her experience leading music workshops for a variety of organisations including Wigmore Hall and English National Opera.

Meet the Music Leaders

This panel discussion brings together Trinity Laban alumni (who have successfully launched their careers in the sector), music leaders, tutors and animateurs who work in schools, music hubs, arts organisations and on exciting one-off projects. The panel will be sharing and discussing their journeys into the sector and success stories. There will also be opportunity for participants to ask the panel questions and continue the conversation during lunch. 

Get Your Act Together

Find out how to turn your idea into a full-fledged music project. Led by Andrea Spain, this session is perfect for innovative and creative students or graduates. 

This practical session offers advice on turning an idea into reality, taking into consideration the elements involved in making a project happen; from finding partners, artistic collaborators, participants, to logistical considerations. 

What's the Score?

Come and meet employers from established music organisations, such as The Musicians’ Union and Live Music Now, along with freelance artists. Explore the skills and experience employers look for in the sector, how to develop them and what employers look for in candidates. The panel includes:

Action Plan Workshop

In this workshop, work with Andrea Spain and fellow participants to create your own personal action plan to help you take the next steps.

Also on offer:

  • Information on postgraduate opportunities available to you to support your career development
  • Contacts and connections with highly regarded and well established arts organisations and individuals
  • Opportunities to meet like-minded individuals and share experiences


Press Play 2017 featured a range of contributors and organisations, from freelance music leaders, to animateurs and to specialist music teachers. 

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Bookings & Fees

Concessions available for Trinity Laban Students & Alumni, along with current college/university students.


For more information, please contact Learning & Participation (Music) at L&

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