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Professional Development

Every Child Matters

At CultureMix steel pan music opens doors into learning about business and gaining transferable skills relevant to all types of careers. CultureMix prides itself on maximising on the impact music can have on young lives by offering creative career mentoring and business advice using a holistic approach.

Orchestra members are encouraged to take on responsibilities helping with orchestra administration, organising events and devising new productions under the mentorship of the artistic director and the senior team.

'Although I feel my playing improved over the time that I worked with CultureMix, I also received a whole range of invaluable skills; I gained experience of administrative skills, teaching and general business management. I also made some really good friends.' Ailsa - Founder member 1997. Captain and administrator 2006-2008

About internships and work experience at CultureMix
Through the two annual internship players attending college learn the basics of running a business gaining an insight into the machinations of a small arts company. They receive training in project and event management and hands on experience attending meetings, handling bookings and dealing with partners and clients.

Intern training is for up to three months. The interns induction involves learning about the structure of the company, health and safety, child protection, office management and arts project management. Interns are given hands on tasks to understand the company's products and services and how to deal with clients, customers, partners and stakeholders.

Interns go through a process of work experience which gives them the skills required to enter the world of work, including how to manage phone calls and enquiries, producing letters and well written emails, dealing with the local authority, schools and most importantly people.

All interns are taught to play steel pan music, learning about the history and origins and how to help other learners.

CultureMix also offers work experience to Year 10's seeking career opportunities in the creative industry. In a three year period twenty-three young people attended a two-week long work experience training with CultureMix, a testament to the success of this programme.

'I have learnt how to manage band enquiries and I have improved my playing on the drums besides playing bass and the other instruments. Playing pan has influenced me to become a better musician all round.'
Zash - orchestra vice captain 2006-2008. Captain 2008-2010.

Nathifa at work

Nathifa at work

"I can say that learning to play the steel pan and playing in a steel band is hugely beneficial and successful."


Founder member 1997

Work Experience

Workshop Theale

CultureMix interns gain hands on experience of the world of work by learning how to run an organisation, how to teach music to younger children and understanding finance and project management.
Click here for more info on work experience with CultureMix.

Event Management


The CultureMix team including all orchestra and ensemble members, interns and those on work experience have a role in organising RASPO Steel Orchestra's many annual events and tours.