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Have you considered a career in music? Many people have a passion for music but believe that it is a hobby and that they will not be able to earn a living from it.
Boston City Campus & Business College always believed that including your passion in your career makes you more successful, and set out to establish a partnership with Soul Candi, who have been a success in the music industry for years.
“Most people struggle to create a career in music. They simply do not know how to get from where they are to where they want to be. In order to create a music career, look into one of the qualifications available at Boston in the music industry”. So says Janine Pedro, branch manager at Boston.
Boston recently launched an additional Soul Candi short learning programme to introduce graduates to the industry.
The new course is available at all branches nationwide, and is called the:
INTRODUCTION to Digital Music Composition and Production.
Pedro says this course was introduced in order to allow more participants in the music industry, throughout all the Boston branches. In addition, courses such as DJ101 and the Music Business are also offered. (The Digital Music Composition & Production qualification is offered at selected branches only due to the equipment requirements of the qualification).
To showcase its industry expertise, Boston recently held a DJ competition. This was launched prior to a recent event where two Boston graduates who studied the Soul Candi DJ101 short learning programme were selected to perform at the recent ‘Colour in Ekurhuleni’ event held at Germiston Lake. This event was a huge success.

What types of careers can you follow with a qualification in the music industry?
While you may need to combine qualifications such as DJ101 and a business diploma, in order to also understand the full running of a business, these are the types of careers that will be open to you to explore in music: Performing & Writing Careers.
DJ (Nightclub DJ) Recording Careers. Record Producer. Record Industry Careers. Music Business Careers.
Personal Manager. Facility, Arena, & Club Careers. Concert Hall Manager. Film Music Careers. Composer. Music Journalism
Music Producers write, arrange, produce, and record songs, whether they are shaping the sound of another artist’s album or creating beats or songs for their own projects.
With the growth of home recording technology and boutique recording studios, many Producers find themselves pulling double or triple duty as Studio Owners and Sound Engineers.

A music producer will be responsible for every aspect of his business and it’s definitely not all glamourous – there is admin and slog involved! A typical day will start with checking notes, prepping the studio, checking functionality of equipment.
If the studio is booked out it needs to be in perfect running order in order for studio fees to be charged.
While on recording breaks – a producer will attend to admin such as emails, orders, bookings and accounting.
There is a lot of work that goes into being a Producer outside of the studio such as attending rehearsals, meetings, writing sessions, and going out to shows.

Program Directors are in charge of what is produced by a radio station. They manage the station’s programming and oversee the different departments and staff at the station to ensure that the station always sounds its best and suits the needs of its listeners.
“As a program director or manager, your plate is full. At any given time, a Program Director’s duties could include organizing promos, making sure the DJs are informed about upcoming promos and station events, sitting in meetings, checking music logs to make sure they’re accurate, working with the Music Director to produce logs for the next day, coordinating interviews with celebrities and Musicians, and managing and scheduling programming, “ says Pedro.

“Programme directors spend a lot of time on their admin”, says Pedro. While the industry appears to be glamourous, there is still a fortune of admin work to be done such as returning emails and calls, dealing people, meetings with PR companies and more.
Whatever direction you choose in music, Boston’scollaboration with Soul Candi will ensure you gain the industry skills you require to start your career in this really exciting and happening industry.
Contact Boston on
011 551-2000,
e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., visit www.boston.co.za,
or Facebook.

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