The transition from being a student to becoming a music professional is fraught with uncertainty. To help with this transition, the ICC works with you, the student, to discover, define, develop, and distinguish yourself as a music professional. More than 80 percent of the students who use the ICC’s services feel more prepared to enter the music industry upon completion of their graduate program.
Watch the ICC's video to get an overview of what we offer.
The ICC staff provides one-on-one guidance to help you on your career path. Select from four advisors specializing in different industry areas to meet with throughout the year. From topics like a job application to building your freelance business, your advisor will help guide you in your search for a career that aligns with your personalized professional goals.
Career Seminars and Workshops
Every academic year, the ICC hosts more than 25 events to promote the advancement of your career in music, including presentations from industry professionals, and workshops.
Seminar and workshop topics include:
- resume and portfolio preparation;
- interview strategies;
- releasing music;
- networking; and
- social media and digital strategy.
The ICC has many resources available to help with your job search process. Resources include Berklee Career Manager, online periodicals, subscription-based reference directories, and materials created by the ICC, to name a few.
There are several ways that students can seek mentorship through the International Career Center. In addition to the one-on-one mentoring sessions that are held throughout the year with visiting professionals and the mentoring sessions held during the Global Career Summit, there are three programs specifically designed to curate mentorship.
These programs include the Abroad Insight Mentoring (AIM) program, designed to help First Year Abroad students in their transition to the Boston campus, the 6-Month Mentorship program, an extended series of sessions between select current students and high profile Berklee alumni and industry experts, and the Valencia Alumni Ambassador program, in which students are able to connect online with more than eighty Valencia campus alumni around the world.
Berklee Career Manager
Berklee Career Manager is our online portal where students and alumni access career-related resources, and our job and gig board.
Watch the video for an overview of the Berklee Career Manager.
Music-related jobs are on the rise on LinkedIn, giving entertainment professionals increased exposure and opportunities on the world’s largest professional network. By using LinkedIn’s Job Search tool, you will find jobs relevant to your profile, and you can filter your search by company, location, or industry (such as music jobs in your area). You will also be able to see who in your network is connected to a company with an open position and you can research companies before applying. With the ICC, you will learn more about how to create an ideal LinkedIn profile and how to optimize your job search.
Succeeding in the music industry is all about building your professional network and connecting with high-performing peers and people in the industry. Berklee faculty and staff attend a selection of these events, and in some cases the ICC arranges meet-ups for students with industry leaders to discuss latest trends, give their personal career advice, and to network.
All conference participation and attendance is optional and students make all the arrangements to attend on their own. In some cases, students may be able to access special offers and student discounts through Berklee. Please note that some of the events may be on hold temporarily.
Soundtrack Cologne (Cologne, Germany)
SoundTrack Cologne is the German festival of music and sound in film and the media. Since its inception, with its congress as well as festival program, SoundTrack Cologne has developed into the leading European platform for music in film and the media.
12 Points Festival (Alternating European Cities)
12 Points showcases young, creative and ambitious artists in jazz and related music from all points on the continent. Our mission is to assist and promote these emerging artists, bringing their music to new audiences.
Future Music Forum (Barcelona, Spain)
An annual international music conference based in Barcelona that gathers the leading minds in the world of music to exchange views on how music is being shared in today's digital age and discuss new developments taking place in music technology.
Fimucite (Tenerife, Spain)
FIMUCITÉ is the Tenerife International Film Music Festival held in Tenerife, Canary Islands (Spain). Every summer, since 2007, Tenerife becomes the main city of Film Music in the world for a week.
World Soundtrack Awards and Film Fest Gent (Ghent, Belgium)
Film Fest Gent was established in 1974 as a student's film festival, and has since developed into one of Europe's most prominent film events. Every year in October, the festival presents some 100 features and 30 shorts from all across the world. A range of different film programs are showcased, attracting over 130,000 viewers each year.
ADE (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Amsterdam Dance Event is a combination conference and club music festival centered around the many subgenres inside of the Electronic Dance Music scene from around the world. ADE's multiple conference tracks offer the ultimate annual business and inspiration platform in the field of electronic music, featuring dedicated programming for business professionals, start-ups, aspiring producers and musicians, students, VJs, visual artists and stage designers. In 2016 the conference welcomed 550 speakers and 7000 delegates.
WOMEX (Alternating European Countries)
WOMEX is an international networking platform for the world music industry. The annual five-day event comprises a bustling Trade Fair, Showcase Festival, Conference, and Film programme, as well as festive Opening and Award ceremonies.
BIME (Bilbao, Spain)
BIME PRO is the first European fair dedicated to the music and digital industry, it explores new ways of income and collaboration through new technologies, video games and marketing. A three-day program full of activities, lectures, networking, and special events.
BIME Pro connects national and international professionals, updates their knowledge and explores new business models through digital industries.
It is also the first European fair focused on the Latin American music industry, inviting top leaders of their industry.
Loop (Berlin, Germany)
Loop is three days of discussions, performances, presentations, studio sessions, installations and interactive workshops aimed at exchanging ideas at the cutting edge of music, technology and creative practice. Bringing together artists, technologists, educators and other creative thinkers, Loop is a collective exploration of what it is to make music today and what it could be tomorrow.
Slush (Helsinki, Finland)
Slush is a student-driven, non-profit movement originally founded to change attitudes toward entrepreneurship. The very core of Slush is to facilitate founder and investor meetings and to build a world-wide startup community. Slush has grown from a 300 person assembly to a world-renowned event, now spreading globally. The philosophy behind Slush has remained the same: to help the next generation of great, world-conquering companies forward.
Musikmesse (Frankfurt, Germany)
Musikmesse in Frankfurt am Main is the world’s most important fair for musical instruments, sheet music, music production and marketing.
This highlight for the sector covers all parts of the musical-instrument sector, from classical instruments, acoustic and electric guitars and bases, brass and woodwind instruments, percussion and keyboard instruments to electronic equipment and hardware and software.
Additionally, important publishing companies from all genres, from classic to jazz, rock and pop, present their products at Musikmesse.
The Great Escape UK (Brighton, UK)
The Great Escape (TGE) is a new music festival that showcases emerging artists from all over the world. Over 400 up and coming bands play in 35 Brighton venues, accessible on one wristband. It’s the first place to discover your new favorite band and see them in an intimate setting before they go on to headline major festival stages.
International Music Summit (Ibiza, Spain)
IMS Ibiza is a comprehensive three-day event featuring live seminars and debates amongst the leaders of the international music community. Through keynotes, interviews, panels and technology master classes, our industry network comes together for thoughtful discussion about the direction and future of electronic music. The IMS Business Report, which has become the industry’s leading data study, is also presented at IMS Ibiza for a global snapshot of vital statistics about the industry. The event has become a major source of industry deals, press launches and is a talking point for worldwide media. Major brands like Corona, Pioneer, Nokia and Coca Cola have used IMS as a platform to launch important initiatives in the electronic music space.
Film Music Festival (FMF) (Krakow, Poland)
The Film Music Festival in Krakow (FMF), organized by the Krakow Festival Office and RMF Classic, is a captivating showcase of the highest quality musical interpretations of the moving image and one of the most important festivals in the world of film music. Performed by leading musicians and orchestras in Europe and the world, the festival provides a unique concert experience by setting it to live screenings of the world’s most spectacular films, well-known for their dazzling cinematography, top-class direction, enthralling plots, and emotive acting.
Audio Engineering Society (AES) International Convention (Alternating European Cities)
The Audio Engineering Society is the only professional society devoted exclusively to audio technology. Founded in the United States in 1948, the AES has grown to become an international organization that unites audio engineers, creative artists, scientists and students worldwide by promoting advances in audio and disseminating new knowledge and research.
Midem (Cannes, France)
Midem is the leading international business event for the music ecosystem where music makers, cutting-edge technologies, brands and talents come together.
Sónar (Barcelona, Spain)
Created in 1994, Sónar is a pioneering festival with a unique format and content. It's first class reputation as a leading reference for international festivals is by virtue of a carefully balanced cultural offering, combining a playful nature, the avant-garde, and experimentation with electronic dance music's newest trends.
International Music Summit College (Malta)
IMS College – Malta aims to bring together the next generation of bright industry minds for an intensive 360-degree learning experience to give a new wave of electronic music creators and professionals the tools and knowledge to assist their careers. IMS College -Malta will consist of a range of seminars, panels and interactive sessions paired with nightlife and performances scheduled throughout the weekend.
Mosma (Malaga, Spain)
MOSMA is an event dedicated to audiovisual music, an artistic discipline that is part of our daily life through series, video games and, of course, in the big screen, the cinema. MOSMA seeks to be an international meeting point for established composers and young talents, and also aims to promote meetings and work spaces through tutorials involving professionals from the sector: producers, agents, composers, musicians and students or interested entrepreneurs.
Throughout the academic year, students will have the opportunity to perform on- and off-campus to perfect stage presence, develop self-confidence, and master all areas of live production.
If you are a graduate program student and you have secured an internship, you have the option to enroll in a graduate internship course. This course provides you with an opportunity to integrate your professional and academic experience through the internship.
All graduate students can intern in either Spain, US or any other country where they can legally work by enrolling in the graduate internship program.
Undergraduate students can see internship courses and options available to them here. The ICC is able to provide additional support for students in this process.
Even though my time at Terminus Studios was short, I truly have taken with me the words of wisdom shared with me … I feel even more equipped and secure with my talents and knowledge, and look forward to continue prospering in my career as a producer and audio engineer.
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