Careers, Directories & Educational Reference Books

Educational books and great sources of reference and information for any singer or musicians bookshelf. Where possible we will also include publications that list institutions of all kinds that offer music education and music making opportunities, revision aids, details of regional and national organisations, funding, grants, study guides, directories, festivals and competitions for young musicians, and suppliers of music materials in the UK. This page has recently been split into two sections, Click here for the Exam Preparation Study Guides and Test Material. Also check out the Sight Reading Books and Music Theory Books, Practice Drills and Examinations. If you are unable to find what you seek here, try the list of Sheet Music Suppliers.

100 Careers in the Music Business at Amazon USA
by Tanja L. Crouch takes the mystery out of job titles like song plugger, product manager and engineer and presents easy to understand explainations of duties and necessary qualifications. A must read for anyone considering a career in music.
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Best Jobs in the Music Industry: Straight Talk from Successful Music Pros an essential career guide for those who love music and are exploring different areas of the music industry beyond the obvious performer route. Michael Redman boils down the job requirements, skill sets, potential revenue, longevity, benefits, and challenges of a variety of music careers both direct and indirect, spanning from performer to label executive to recording engineer and music producer. Each description of a job starts with a short summary designed to help you decide right off the bat whether this might be something you want to explore further, followed by the real stories, paths to success, and challenges you may confront all in the words of real pros.
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British & International Music Yearbook 2014 (Amazon UK)
Over 18,000 entries covering every aspect of the classical music industry both in Britain and in major centres around the world.

British Music Education Yearbook 2014-15
An all-encompassing guide to music education in the UK, packed with thousands of invaluable listings that will be of use to teachers, parents, students, schools, musicians, organisations, performers and anyone with a professional or personal interest in music education.

British Performing Arts Yearbook (Amazon UK)
A comprehensive directory of the performing arts in Britain. The book provides information on companies and solo performers, orchestras, arts festivals, suppliers and services, colleges offering courses for performers and technicians, and venues.

British Theatre Directory
Richmond House Publishing
3 Richmond Buildings
Dean Street
Tel: 020 7437 9556
Fax: 020 7287 3463

Career Opportunities in the Music Industry 4th Edition
by Shelly Field provides the most up to date information on over 80 exciting jobs in the music field. Detailed descriptions of each job include current statistics on salary ranges, advancement opportunities and the latest trends in a particular field.

Guide to Performing Arts Programs
Profiles of over 600 Colleges, High Schools, and Summer Programs
(Princeton Review Series)

Indie Contact Bible
Music industry contacts listings book for independent artists by independent artists.

Irish Performing Arts Year Book
The Complete Guide to Venues, Performers, Arts Festivals, Supporting Organisations and Services for the Arts Professional

Musician’s Resource
The Watson-Guptill Guide to Workshops, Conferences, Residential Programs, Academic Programs, Festivals, Masterclasses

Musican’s Union Directory of Members 2005/6
Puts you in touch with tens of thousands of playing musicians covering every musical genre. 2016/17 version only available by joining the Musicians Union.

Peterson’s Scholarships, Grants & Prizes 2017 (Amazon USA)
up-to-date information on millions of privately funded awards available to college students. It contains detailed profiles of awards based on academic fields and career goals, ethnic heritage, talent, employment experience, military service, and other categories that are available from private sources such as foundations, corporations, and religious and civic organizations. Hundreds of profiles include information on award amounts, eligibility requirements, application deadlines, contact information, and more. Easy-to-use indexes allow students to search for awards by criteria like academic fields/career goals, sponsoring organizations, employment/volunteer experience, military service, nationality or ethnic heritage, corporate or religious affiliation, talent/interest area, and location of study.

Rhinegold Publishing
Provide several excellent magazines and suppliments available including:
Choral Directions – annual supplement by Classical Music and Choir & Organ magazines.
Guide to Classical Music Competitions – Annual guide to UK music competitions.
Guide to Festivals – An annual guide to classical music festivals.
Guide to Scholarships – Essential reading for those seeking music scholarships.
Guide to Summer Schools – Annual guide to summer schools and music courses.
Instrument Buyers Guide (Free)
Music Teaching Materials Archive
Parent Guide to Music Education (Free)
Student Guide to Drama Education (Free)
Student Guide to Music Education (Free)
Teachers Guide to School Theatre (Free)
Teachers Guide to Performing Arts Trips (Free)

Showcase Publications
38c The Broadway
N8 9SU
International Music Business Guide
It’s the book the music professionals use to access a vast range of specialist services and suppliers – and now it’s on the web! Includes concert services, venues, equipment suppliers, recording services, recording and rehearsal studio listings, artist management, booking agents, concert & tour promoters, festival organisers, event health & safety specialists, financial management, accountancy, insurance, legal services, solicitors, licensing and music libraries listings plus Internet, Radio, Television and Trade Press listings. For fully comprehensive information on all listings including an Artists Index to around 5,000 performers purchase the book for £50 (plus £10 airmail cost to non-UK destinations).

Singing Live: The Performing Skills Guidebook For Contemporary Singers
by Susan Anders
Whether you’re singing at open-mic nights & karaoke bars, playing large gigs, auditioning for American Idol, want to join a band, or have never performed at all, everything you need to know is covered in this book. You’ll learn how to:, Develop expressive, natural gestures and stage moves that are right for your musical style, Do well at auditions like American Idol, Handle stage fright, Have great mic technique, Prepare for a performance vocally, physically & mentally, Build a repertoire & pace a set, Get what you want at a sound check, Develop great stage patter …and much more. Singing Live is filled with information and exercises to help you discover your individual performing style and polish your performing skills. The Singing Live method will work for you whether you sing pop, R&B, country, folk, rock, jazz or any other contemporary style.
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The Savvy Musician: Building a Career, Earning a Living & Making a Difference
by David Cutler
So you re talented, well trained, and passionate about music. What next? The professional marketplace is flooded with outstanding musicians, forced to compete for a shrinking number of traditional opportunities. The Savvy Musician helps balance three overriding aspects of your professional musical life: (1) building a career, (2) earning a living, and (3) making a difference. Filled with clearly articulated concepts, detailed strategies, and 165 vignettes about actual musicians working to create a meaningful and prosperous career, this book examines critical elements often overlooked or misunderstood by musicians, and helps you take control of your career. Discover how to build an immediately recognizable brand, capitalize on technology from Internet tools to the new recording paradigm, expand your network, and raise money to fund your dreams. The Savvy Musician is an invaluable resource for performers, composers, educators, students, administrators, industry employees, and others interested in a thriving musical future.
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The Stage Directions Guide to Getting and Keeping Your Audience
The definitive guide to audience-building through effective marketing.

The Ultimate Musician’s Reference Handbook
The Most Complete Guide to Who’s Who in Popular Music

The VOCAL Journal
Australian Journal of Vocational Education and Training in Schools.

White Book
International Production Directory
The most comprehensive UK and Worldwide directory containing EVERYTHING from agents, managers and artistes representatives, booking agents and promoters to venues, to thousands of artists, service and equipment providers, venue listings and more. This book is a gold mine and a ‘must have’ resource for anyone wanting to work in the music business with complete listings and contact details in the book with a mass of searchable information available online or by purchasing the book. (Note: This is an expensive item but usually available in the library reference section).