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Performing Arts and Music

Performing Arts and Music


  • There is a need for freelance workers to have wider business skills including marketing, networking and financial management.
  • Working in the media sector can be very demanding. You may be required to work long hours and spend periods away from home.
  • The vast majority of contracts are obtained by word of mouth so talent, ability and networking skills are paramount.
  • The Creative Economy accounted for 2.55 million jobs in 2012, or 1 one in every 12 jobs in the UK.
  • The Creative Industry contributed £71.4 billion to the UK economy in 2012.



Theatre performers £500 – £620 per week
Arts Administrator £15,000 – £60,000
Dancer £450 – £620 per week
Orchestra Musician £25,000 – £50,000
Private Music Teacher £29 per hour
Magazine Journalist £12,000 – £65,000
Media Buyer £18,000 – £26,000
Event Organiser £18,000 – £25,000
TV Production Assistant £14,000 – £30,000
Film Video Editor £18,000 – £70,000

Annual figures have been rounded to the nearest hundred and weekly figures to the nearest full pound. Source:

Job Opportunities

  • Performing arts employment is focused within large cities, notably London. The film, music and broadcasting industries are similarly based in large cities, particularly London, Manchester and Birmingham.
  • Strong networking skills are a necessity when considering this course of employment.


Lucy Fallon left Blackpool Sixth in 2014 having studied BTEC Performing Arts. She progressed to Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London and has recently been selected to play the role of Bethany Platt in Coronation Street.

Useful contacts

  • Arts Council England
  • Equity
  • 4Talent

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  • Classical Music

    This pathway leads to careers such as an orchestra musician or composer. You will study A Level Music with two other A level subjects. These could include A Level Music Technology. 

  • Music Performance

    This popular music pathway is ideal if you are interested in becoming a professional musical performer. You will study BTEC Level 3 in Music (Triple).

  • Music Production

    Those interested in careers as a Music Producer, Record Producer, Sound Engineer or composer should consider this pathway. You will study BTEC Level 3 in Music (Triple or Double). Recommended options for an alternative third subject include BTEC Level 3 in IT (Single).

  • Performing Arts

    This pathway will lead to careers in the areas of performing, teaching and the media. You will study BTEC Level 3 Performing Arts (Double) plus one other subject or BTEC Level 3 (Triple) in Musical Theatre.

  • Performing Arts - Dance

    Those interested in becoming a dancer, choreographer, dance movement psychologist or private dance teacher will consider this pathway. You will study a BTEC Level 3 in Dance (Single), with two other BTEC or A level subjects. Other performing arts options are particularly recommended.

  • Performing Arts - Theatre

    This will lead to a career as a theatre actor, theatre stage manager, theatre director, broadcast presenter, speech and language therapist or private theatre/drama Teacher. You will take BTEC Level 3 in Performing Arts (Double) with A Level Drama and Theatre Studies or other A level subject. Other combinations involving A Level Drama and Theatre subjects and other A levels such as English Literature, History, Media Studies are recommended alternatives.