Analysis July 2021: A rickety career ladder


In the UK, since opportunities for recent lutherie graduates are few and far between, many are turning to self-employment to make ends meet. By Peter Somerford

Graduates fresh out of UK violin making schools typically look to gain several years’ experience in a shop or workshop before setting up on their own. But amid the Covid pandemic, new graduates, like their peers in other sectors, have found vacancies and placements harder to come by. A combination of lockdowns, international travel restrictions and shops having less business from professional musicians has created a challenging set of circumstances, and while some graduates anticipate more work opportunities as trade and travel increase and professional musical life picks up, others have already chosen self-employment as the way forward…

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