A resource for a fairer music industry

People, Places & Programmes : Saffron

Music Tech

Staggeringly just 5% of the music tech workforce are women and since 2016, Saffron has been operating as a social enterprise looking to redress the balance. We caught up with founder Laura Lewis-Paul to talk about the development of Saffron over the years and how gender, race and class intersect when it comes to access.

Route x Roundhouse Rising Festival

Partnerships / Events

We're thrilled to have been invited to curate an evening of live music and a workshop at this year's edition of Roundhouse Rising Festival. We’ll be taking over the Roundhouse Studio Theatre on Wednesday 20 October to bring you a workshop on landing a job in the music industry as well as live show featuring South London’s Jerkcurb and Glasgow art-punk outfit comfort.

Route x Group Therapy At The Social

Partnerships / Events

We team up with our friends at Group Therapy for the second in the series of events at The Social. We’ll be hearing from experts across PR, Radio and Artist Management to get their insight into the behind the scenes processes involved in a release campaign. What are the key roles, how release plans are put together and how to build a client roster.

Route x Wild Paths Festival Conferences

Partnerships / Events
We are thrilled to be able to finally announce we have curated a selection of conferences in collaboration with Wild Paths Festival, due to take place in Norwich this October.  The two days of panels and talks feature music industry professionals, artists and special guests.

We are delighted to have panelists and hosts from the likes of  Youth Music, PRS, shesaidso, Keychange, Women In Ctrl, DICE, UK Music and more. See the full panel line ups below.

Accessible Employment Guide Launch Event

Partnerships / Events
At the end of May Route teamed up with independent charity organisation Attitude Is Everything to put together a live streamed launch event for their Accessible Employment Guide live at MOTH Club in Hackney.

The Accessible Employment Guide is part of the new Beyond the Music Programme, a three-year programme funded by the National Lottery Community Fund to improve accessibility to the music and live events industries for Deaf and disabled professionals, employees, and volunteers. You can watch the event back in full below.

This Must Be For You Community Fund

This Must Be For You Community Fund is a new pay-it-forward scheme that offers free tickets to those who might not ordinarily attend events due to financial constraints, mental health concerns or other barriers to access.

Put together by venue programmers LNZRT, music industry advice platform Route and gift giving service TMBFY tickets from the fund will be distributed in partnership with charities Arts Emergency, Shoreditch Trust and Tickets For Good.

In Conversation With : Zakia Sewell

Radio Production / Presenting
Zakia talks through her journey from working at Honest Jon's Records to producing podcasts and documentaries for the likes of BBC Radio 4, Resident Advisor and Tate.

In Conversation With : Sarah Joy


Live Agent
We caught up with on-the-rise booking agent Sarah Joy to hear about her journey to working for revered agency ATC Live. She talks about how wanting to be a radio DJ eventually led her down the path of bookings, and what it feels like to work with a band from their first shows to filling 5,000 capacity rooms. 

Spotlight : Marieke Macklon

This week it's a collection from photographer Marike Macklon.

Talking Mental Health In The Music Industry With Brace Yourself’s Kieran Allan

Mental Health

We sat down with Kieran to talk about the importance of recognising mental problems early on. Here he opens up about his own struggles, offers advice on getting help, and how having a boss that recognises the need for down time can make all the difference in this fast-paced industry.

Spotlight : Molly Dyson

Graphic Design

In Conversation With : Annette Lee


As Head Of Press at 4AD, Annette Lee has worked on campaigns that have seen the likes of Future Islands and The National grow from niche acts to arena stalwarts. We had a chat to hear how she came to work in music PR, how a press campaign is structured, and what employers look for in this line of work.

In Conversation With : Kate Hutchinson
The Last Bohemians / Worldwide FM

Journalism & Broadcasting

“Be brave in sending editors your ideas but don’t be disheartened if they get rejected.”

In Conversation With : Andy Rossiter
Love Thy Neighbour

Live Music Promotion

The Brighton based promoter shares tips on how to get your events off the ground, and offers an optimistic outlook on the music industry’s resilience.

Spotlight : Wunmi Onibudo


In Conversation With : Letitia Douglas
Reform Radio


Letitia Douglas, Studio Assistant at Manchester's Reform Radio speaks about the support and training the station has given her, and gives advice to others her age wanting to get a foot in the door of the music industry outside of London

Industry Jargon Explained Part 3


In part three we talk gig promotion, sync, digital operations and more.

Women Who Built A Career In  The Music Industry Without Going To University

Music Careers

University isn’t for everyone but it’s often hard to know what other options are out there. ⁣ We spoke to six women who built careers in music without a degree to hear how it worked for them.  

People, Places & Programmes : shesaid.so

Gender Equality

shesaid.so is one of the pivotal organisations seeking to redress the gender imbalance within the music industry through community efforts and female oriented support networks.

People, Places & Programmes : Creative Scotland

Funding & Creative Access

We spoke to Creative Scotland’s Youth Music Initiative Manager Morag Macdonald to learn more about the programme and the correlation between music making and future employment and what they look for in funding applications.