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Our intern programme

Our intern programme

13/04/2011

Morna Cook - Director of Human Recources, Universal Music UK

It was fantastic to see our internship scheme featured on Newsnight on Tuesday after Nick Clegg’s speech on helping young people from a range of backgrounds get career opportunities. At Universal we’re really proud of our paid internship scheme; we believe it benefits not only interns but the whole company.

Bands and Brands

Bands and Brands

07/04/2011

Aaron Bogucki - Senior Digital Campaign Manager Manager, Polydor

I enjoyed last week’s Guardian Behind The Music column on bands and product placement. (Read it HERE)

Island intern Janette on being on BBC Newsnight

Island intern Janette on being on BBC Newsnight

06/04/2011

Janette Quaye - Press Intern, Island

Tuesday was one of the more surreal days I've had working at Island. A BBC film crew spent most of the afternoon following me around for a Newsnight feature on internships. Not something I expected to happen when I joined the press team as an intern in January.

Songs for Japan

Songs for Japan

28/03/2011

As Japan recovers from the devastating tsunami and earthquake that struck the country on March 11, 38 of the biggest names in contemporary music have joined together for the worldwide release of Songs for Japan, a compilation of 38 chart-topping hits and classic tracks, available on the UK iTunes Store for £7.99 starting today (www.itunes.com/songsforjapan). Proceeds from the album's sale will benefit the disaster relief efforts of the Japanese Red Cross Society.

Alex Close, A&R Manager for Fiction Records, shares his SXSW

Alex Close, A&R Manager for Fiction Records, shares his SXSW

25/03/2011

Alex Close - A&R Manager, Fiction

Wednesday March 16th

Delayed flight
Touch down at 10.15pm.
On the strip - 6th Street by 11pm.
Margarita in hand by 11.05pm.
Austin I've missed you!
A spring-break student's paradise - bar after bar as far as the eye can see.

Styling Britannia

14/02/2011

Matt Beardsell - Partner, Music

It’s a dream job for any design agency, to re-invent a brand so iconic that it has the the possibility to become part of the fabric of popular culture. When we were appointed by Brits, and Universal Music UK, Chairman David Joseph to create a new BRIT trophy our excitement soon turned to trepidation at the realisation of the task ahead..

On air, on sale

31/01/2011

David Joseph - Chairman, Universal Music UK

We live in an immediate world so it wasn’t a great surprise when Google and iTunes told us that searches for a new song tend to peak two or three weeks before a record is released, a time when the only place our music had been available was on illegal sites.

Gary Harris, Fiction's A&R exec, writes from The Great Escape

Gary Harris, Fiction's A&R exec, writes from The Great Escape

18/05/2011

Gary Harris - A&R Exec, Fiction

So here I am on a train making my way to Brighton for 2011’s Great Escape Festival, the UK’s answer to SXSW.

Straight to the hotel to check in and I’m off to the Dome to collect my pass, then on to Komedia to see the Deep Sea Arcade.

Noah's Last Night On Earth

03/03/2010

London folk-pop four-piece Noah & The Whale release their new album Last Night On Earth today.

The beginning, not the end

28/01/2011

Paul Smernicki - Director of Digital, Universal Music UK

In his report for Forrester, author Mark Mulligan talks about ‘Digital Natives’, 12-15 year olds who have no experience of a world where music was paid for in the way older people would understand - physical products, downloads or even subscription models.

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