Case Study detail

Kirsty Johnston, 17, who lives in Bothwell, is a student of Music Business at our Coatbridge Campus.

Having passed NQ level, she is studying for her HNC and is a founder of student-run record label Don’t Steel Mine Records.

Kirsty also works as a freelance writer for an alternative music reviewing website, Alt Corner.

I first came to New College Lanarkshire to study an access course, Pathways to Creative Industries: Working in the Music Industry. I have always been interested in the business side of music and, since the Pathways course, I've loved every minute of it.

The part I most like about it is that you have the freedom to learn how to run a record label and put on events, and as a team we control the whole event.

The most important lesson I have learned is management skills and how to manage events and artists.

I chose New College Lanarkshire because it is local and it was also the College that specialises in the course I'm doing.

My highpoint of being a student at New College Lanarkshire is getting the opportunity to meet industry professionals who come to speak in the College.

The facilities we use in College are great – and we are given time on computers to be able to update social media sites for our label.

My experience of being a student has been two of the greatest years ever – I’ve met friends for life and learned stuff I would have never have known about.

To anyone thinking about doing a similar course, I would tell them to go for it or they'll regret it, especially if it's something that they are interested in. It's such a great opportunity.

In ten years’ time, I hope to be the manager of a band or artists, and a successful one at that! My dream job is an artist manager – I love the responsibility and the whole idea of it.