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Hannah • Music Venue Assistant
About the placement/internship
Why did you decide to do a placement/internship?

I chose to do a placement because I wanted to immerse myself in the music scene of Sheffield, and dip my toe in the day-to-day work of a job in the music industry. Given that there are sparse opportunities to enter this industry, I was immediately on board to do any kind of work offered to me.

How did you find your placement/internship?

Career Connect

What made you choose this organisation for your placement/internship?

I found their values to be very admirable, giving people the chance to engage with music who may not have ever been able to enter that world before

Main responsibilities

- Social media managing and posting
- Helping with set up and taking down of equipment required for a gig or club night
- Working with people in recovery and teaching them various skills
- Odd jobs around the place

Typical day

My days would always involve some time spent creating social media content, be it an Instagram reel or a caption for a post. More time could then be spent on designing a poster for an upcoming event, or editing some photos or videos. Less frequently, I would be expected to help pack up DJ and production equipment and drive to a coffee shop where I would assist with teaching people and getting to talk to them about music. At the end of the day, I would almost always help with setting up an event for later that evening, sometimes including getting supplies from a nearby shop or setting up a smoke machine. My manager was happy to show me sound engineering and how they would set up the stage for whomever was performing.

What did you enjoy about the placement/internship?

Firstly that I was able to book free sessions in their studio to work on my own music production, and secondly that everyone was so friendly and kind, it made the work days hardly seem like work. Another thing of note was that I got to see a touring artist perform at the venue for free, and found their whole ensemble to be very polite.

Challenging aspects

Sometimes having to engage with people who were struggling with drug issues, which had initially made me nervous, but this soon faded after I realised what a friendly environment and attitude they brought to my work, and they were all so incredibly lovely.

Has your time on placement influenced your future career choice?

Indeed. I think I'd like to be involved in music production or some aspect of the music industry, outside of being a performer, and perhaps combine that with my writing skills acquired from my course.

Advice to students
Your piece of advice to students

Definitely get stuck in to any activities the job provides for you, you never know what you might end up enjoying!

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Form completed: 25 Sep 2023

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