External Bookings Manager, Royal Academy of Music, London
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I have worked at the Academy since graduating from Nottingham. My first role was Concerts and Programmes Administrator, in which capacity I had responsibility for paper and online marketing, assisted with programming and planning of public events, and preparing programme booklets.
My current role involves managing c. 450 external performances given yearly by Academy students for festivals, concert venues, and corporate functions. I also oversee all financial and marketing matters related to these performances.
Nottingham’s varied Music curriculum and the freedom offered by the course to research subjects of personal interest have made a massive difference to what I can now offer audiences as a promoter. Whilst I was at Nottingham I gained valuable work experience at the University’s Lakeside Arts Centre, Opera North and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. I also gained crucial skills for ensemble/musician management during my time as Brass Ensemble Manager. Overall, the musical knowledge I obtained during my degree at Nottingham has assisted me enormously in my career.