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Meg Carnie

BA Music Business, British and Irish Modern Music Institution
MA Popular Music Practice, British and Irish Modern Music Institution

Founder of Dusty Studio Productions
Co-Founder of South Lane Studios


My time at Long Road Sixth Form College (LR6FC) was a blast! Progressing from Ely College, I jumped straight into my courses at LR6FC, which included Business, Geography and Use of Maths. From a very young age, I always knew that I wanted to run my own business and with the help of the teachers and my wonderful student support officer Lisa Verrier at LR, I was able to dive into and create new opportunities for myself, leading me to where I am today.

From Year 9 (maybe even before that) I knew I wanted to study Business at University, specifically in Brighton. However, in December 2018 I had just flopped my maths mock exam and I was stumped. Sat anxiously at Cambridge Station, I whipped out my phone and searched ‘Event Management Apprenticeships Brighton’, as I was worried that my exam results would not guarantee my space at Brighton Uni for Business Management and Finance. This is when I discovered the British and Irish Modern Music Institute (BIMM) through an advert and I decided (without hesitation… or telling my mum and dad) to apply to BIMM and drop my offers at your ‘normal’ uni. I have always worked since the age of 14 and knew I wanted a job that I loved, so I was willing to work even harder to achieve and make it a reality.

My Extended Project Qualification undertaken at Long Road secured my offer on their Undergraduate course during the interview in March 2017, having a portfolio to support my application, plus a great personal statement and references with the help of Lisa Verrier, ticked all their boxes.

In early September 2017, I moved down to Brighton to undertake my BA (Hons) Event Management course. I quickly discovered within my first year (after promoting my own live music events in Brighton) that the Music Business degree would be way more beneficial to my career path in the long run. During the summer of 1st to 2nd year, I completed extra work and completed the Year 1 Music Business course, rather than retaking an entire year.

Time flew and suddenly it was 2020. The month of June 2020, the year of the pandemic, I secured my Undergraduate degree and was awarded a 2:2 in BA
(Hons) Music Business. Currently studying for my Postgraduate degree, I chose to stay with BIMM on the MA Popular Music Practice course, as it is a proactive degree within my career I am establishing within the music industry. BIMM allowed me to mix work experience (promoting live music events, managing artists, establishing a studio) and University life to achieve my two businesses and multiple projects.

I am the founder of Dusty Studio Productions (music management, events and blog company) and co-founder of South Lanes Studios (music recording and rehearsal studio in Brighton). To support the establishment of both businesses, plus to make up the bills, I work in a gym (an industry I have worked in for the past 6 years) and I LOVE it. I notice the correlation between music and the fitness industry and how both impact our mental and physical health, so being able to mix the two for work is refreshing.

My advice to students at Long Road would be to be courageous and take steps to ensure you endeavour in a career that you know you will enjoy. Oh em gee, you should’ve seen my Dad’s face when I told him I was going to a music university! But I prioritised my future and now he couldn’t be prouder. If money is most important to you, then there are definitely more secure job opportunities and options towards achieving that. However, if you’re like me and you’re willing to work hard, you realise money isn’t always the most important factor, and actually, if you put your heart and soul into something, you can still be successful and sustainable whilst making a good living from work you’re passionate about. Other advice would be to accept work experience, network with people and learn your strengths and weaknesses. If you need reassurance in yourself or life gets too tough, I found my student support officer to be a non-bias godsend! Utilise the resources around you and appreciate the small things(like little or no rent and bills whilst you’re still at sixth form!!!).

Anyone who is looking for advice in the creative industry, feel free to connect with me on LinkedIn or Instagram and I can answer any questions people may have! It’s a scary industry, but there are so many positives and I wouldn’t change it for the world.

Instagram:
@megcarnie
@dustystudioproductions
@southlanesstudios

Linkedin search ‘Meg Carnie’

Artists I Manage:
jarki monno – @jarkiimonno
isla – @weare.isla

website:
www.dustystudioproductions.co.uk & www.southlanesstudios.co.uk

Email:
meg@dustystudios.co.uk