Whether you are starting out in your career, reaching a crossroads, or in need of a pit stop, 21cMusician career coaching is here to help you plan your next steps. This session provides a supportive space to look afresh at opportunities, renew your focus and motivation, and build confidence. We will think together about some of the decisions and challenges that musicians face, and explore new approaches to defining, questioning and achieving your career goals. 

Tuesday 27 October 2020, 10 - 11.15am, over Zoom

*Group capacity: max. 5 participants*

Michael Garvey

Michael Garvey

Michael is an experienced leader across the arts and cultural sectors. He has run a number of orchestras in the UK and managed not for profit organisations, as well as having been a member of the BBC's executive team in Wales. He is a founding member of the Cardiff Music Board where he focuses his attention on the role that music education can play for the city, together with nurturing next generation musicians and developing pathways for their growth either as happy amateurs or into the music profession. Michael is a trained executive coach, accredited by the European Mentoring and Coaching Council. Michael's website


  • YCAT coaching sessions provide a unique opportunity for you to explore a range of ideas, skills, and concerns relevant to life as a 21cMusician.

  • Small groups to encourage focused discussion within a friendly and supportive environment. 

  • Sessions are designed for classical musicians between the ages of 21 and 35. 

  • Sessions are led by one of our affiliated coaches, who have a broad range of experience and expertise, and in-depth understanding of the music industry. 

  • Every session is different in terms of its focus, group capacity, coach and participants, and you may only apply for one session at a time.

  • Sessions are free and currently held over Zoom. 


To apply, please complete an enquiry form. You will be asked to provide:

  • A brief outline of education/career to date
  • In your own words, an issue or question that you would like to explore and think about in the session. Be honest and direct in this brief submission (max 150 words).

We will contact you one week before the session to confirm your place, and with further information. Please note that we have limited capacity for each session to best allow for interaction and reflection. Where needed, we will prioritise attendees whose submissions demonstrate relevant concerns/interests/career stage. 

Booking for this event has now closed.