Aimed, Locked and Loaded at 18, Or Are You? (Part 2)

Aimed, Locked and Loaded at 18, Or Are You? (Part 2)

This is the second part of a 2-Part blog. In Part 1, I went into detail about my journey into the music industry and explained how the music industry isn’t always looked at as a “realistic” career path to take, hence why people are swayed to study subjects such as Engineering, or Medicine instead.

The music industry can be an incredibly beneficial and realistic route to take for young people. It’s possible that young creatives who want to pursue a career in the music industry may be discouraged by the lack of information and/or opportunities presented to them.

According to an article written in February 2020 on, it’s stated that the UK’s Creative Industries contribute almost £13 million to the UK economy every hour. This goes on to state that the industry contributed £111.7 Billion to the UK in 2018, which equates to a huge £306 million every day. This was a whopping 7.4% increase from the previous year. A similar article has been published by This report mentions that the 7.4% increase in 2018 is more than five times faster than the average increase from all other UK sectors. Below is an image explaining the analysis of the creative industries in 2019, including the Value, and increase in value since 2018.

The amount of money the UK’s creative industries are contributing to the UK are increasing every year, and so is the amount of opportunities for young people.

Whilst I was at University studying Engineering, I tried to force myself to go to the lectures, and study the course. But there was an evident barrier - I didn’t enjoy what I was doing, and I struggled to stay motivated. When I enjoy what I'm doing, I'm more motivated, and generally do better & excel - like most people. Finding a healthy balance between enjoying work and having a good salary is important.

Earlier this year, the Digit team let me know that there was an exciting opportunity that Youth Music was offering. From the Youth Music website, “Youth Music is a national charity funded thanks to the National Lottery via Arts Council England, players of People's Postcode Lottery and support from partners, fundraisers and donors.” They run several funding programs to allow young creatives to pursue careers in music. The specific programme I'm currently a part of is their Incubator Fund, which runs for 6 months. They run several different funding programs that you can read more about via their website, which I will link below.

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