Where to get experience
Competition is tough in the music industry, but a love for your style of music combined with the determination to succeed should improve your chances.
Whatever your genre of music, you'll need to get practical experience.
Get involved with relevant orchestras, choirs, music societies, bands and solo musicians at university and in your local area. Although some jobs and auditions are advertised in the music and entertainment press, one of the most common ways to learn of vacancies is via word of mouth and networking.
Introduce yourself as much as possible, making the most of your professional contacts and keep up with social media to promote yourself.
Where to find jobs or funding
Northern Ireland Music Funding opportunitiesThe Arts Council of Northern Ireland provides support for individual musicians and musical organisations through a number of funding schemes, which open for application at various times during the year.
Founded in 1966, the Ulster Orchestra has been at the forefront of musical life in Northern Ireland and the Orchestra’s full-time musicians form the region’s only professional symphony orchestra.