Me and my girlfriend (23 and 21) are looking at moving to a city (outside of the UK) to live for a year. We each want to work for the 6-12 months that we are there whether in a form of an internship or temporary contract. I graduated last year with a degree in sound technology, my girlfriend is studying journalism and graduates this summer.
We want to go somewhere ideally that has a thriving music scene/industry and lots of opportunities for a journalist. I am quite open to what area of the music industry I could work in because I am interested in seeing it all. I have experience and skills in recording, producing, marketing, design, a&r and promotion. I would prefer to work within a record label though, and understand that working for Sony, Universal or Warner is unrealistic, though I will apply, so I'm going to aim for independent labels that are large enough to employ and pay me.
There are lots of opportunities in journalism in most major cities, but I think music would be a little tougher to get into, especially as I would be applying and arranging it from abroad. Plus, there are lots of interships and the like in place in many newspapers/magazines etc, but not in music so much, which will probably be more informal.
So what I'm asking is, where would you go?
We are looking at Toronto as the ideal place at the moment, it is the main hub of Canada's music industry (or at least appears to be), with lots of media and journo opportunities. It's also close to NY and other major US cities, which is great as we also want to do a bit of travelling on weekends wherever we go. We have looked at the obvious Californian cities, Chicago, and NYC itself, aswell as other english speaking countries like Australia, but Toronto still seems to come out on top, especially from people we know that have visited there.
We are looking to go next year (summer 2010) so have a year to save.
Is this really unrealistic or just something that will require lots of planning and a bit of luck?
Thanks in advance