Currently in 2nd year studying a BA (Hons) in Music Business at Perth College UHI.
I did my placement at the Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival and found out about the opportunity through the student area shared between music/sound students through Blackboard which was posted by a lecturer. The recruitment process consisted of an application which included a CV and cover letter and was then followed by an interview that took place partly via Skype.
As I am studying Music Business, I hope to work within the industry; experience of working at a festival such as Belladrum was an excellent opportunity to gain real experience with working with musicians and other industry professionals, gaining more of an understanding of the industry and to create new contacts.
As a press assistant at Belladrum, I was mainly based at the mobile work base, the press bus. Here was where photographers, journalists, bloggers and radio presenters would come to find out what was happening and when. One of my main responsibilities was to help set up interviews between artists and press, taking photographers to the correct stages and highlighting to them key performances/events that would be taking place that would make for good press coverage. I found the most valuable part of my placement was being able to work with such an amazing team that are all so close and work very well together – to be a part of the team for the weekend was an incredible opportunity.
Impact on future careers aims
I was able to meet some amazing people who are so involved with the industry it helped me understand more about the working processes that happen around a festival environment. It was an amazing opportunity that helped me develop my communication skills and how to work in such a close knitted team in a way that influences an entire festival.
I would definitely recommend that anyone who has the chance to do a placement goes for it. I had an amazing opportunity to work at Belladrum, and as a result I have actually been asked back this year to work as part of the press team which I am delighted about. As for hints and tips, I would say just enjoy the experience but work hard at the same time, and know that while you are on a placement working with people who know what they are all doing, it’s definitely alright to ask questions, even if you think it’s a stupid one; you’ll definitely learn more if you ask questions and get involved with everything that is going on around you.