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33 Music Industry Jobs

There are many ways to get started in the music industry. Some are less than glamorous, but they can serve in either getting your foot in the door, or in earning you some money.

Here is a basic list and minor definitions of all the places you could work in music. One of them might be for you. Or more. Maybe you can use what is here and play with these to make a new profession. If you think of any I do not have, or have an idea for a new one, please comment.

The 33 (and counting) possible

Music Industry jobs

  1. Artist: The one who performs the music either in the studio, live or both.
  2. Songwriter: The person who creates songs, whether the music, lyrics, or both.
  3. Song Publisher: Someone who offers to pay money to an artist for the right to profit from their music when it is used by anyone other than the artist themselves.
  4. Studio Engineer: either a sound engineer working in a studio together with a producer, or a producing sound engineer working in a studio. You could also specialize in finishing touches, live sound engineering, live monitor engineering, editing for TV and Film, or in collaboration with other engineers.
  5. Studio Producer: has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes.
  6. Band Manager: handles many career issues for bands and singers and, on occasion, even DJs. A music manager is hired by a musician or band to help with weighing decisions related to career moves, bookings, promotions, business deals, recording contracts, etc
  7. Band Touring Manager: Similar to Band Manager, but with a focus on touring.
  8. Booking Agent: Gets gigs for artists, some represent artists, while others work for venues.
  9. Band Financial Manager: Performs the duties of Band Manager but with a financial focus
  10. A&R Representative: Artist and Repertoire. They are Responsible for discovering new artists and bringing them to the record company. They are expected to understand the current tastes of the market and to be able to find artists that will be commercially successful. For this reason, A&R people are often young and may have formerly been either musicians, music journalists or record producers.
  11. Music Journalist/Blogger: Makes money by finding great stories covering great artists, and by providing information that helps others people.
  12. Social Media Coordinator: One I pulled out of my ass, but still relevant. This person can teach how to use the internet as it relates to furthering the careers of artists, sometimes even representing the artists themselves online.
  13. Investor – Most Record labels are set up on the idea of investing in the creation of music (or the artist’s career) and sharing in the profits later.
  14. Ticket Broker – Buy tickets, then resell them for a profit. Like all formal businesses, registered businesses reselling tickets to popular events are bound by laws, such as local and state laws in the United States, and must operate within those laws to maintain their status as a legitimate business
  15. Stage Manager – responsible for organizing the production, communicating with everyone involved in putting on a good performance, and keeping everything running smoothly. They also have assistants. They can work on tours or a building where one venue houses an act (i.e. Celine Dion during her Vegas days, or like other shows on Broadway, Branson, and numerous other places)
  16. Lighting Technician – involved with rigging and controlling electric lights for art and entertainment venues (theatre or live music venues). Broken down further into lighting designer and master electrician in theatre, and cinematographer and gaffer in film.
  17. PR Manager- Handles publicity and advises you on the image you are presenting to the public
  18. Merchandise – I put this as a category but it includes anything from designing merchandise to selling it in venues or retail stores. The size and scope of this can be as vast as the music industry itself.
  19. Instrument, Voice, or Showmanship Teacher – Teaches artists the skills they need to perform.
  20. Music Business Coach – the practice of helping those in the music industry determine and achieve personal and/or professional goals.
  21. Radio/Club DJ – Play songs, participate in local music events, and get your voice heard by many people.
  22. Graphic/Web Design – involves the stylization and presentation of text, video and images. Web Design usually involves a basic knowledge of coding and/or web design development software. All these can add value in the music industry.
  23. Music Video Director – Oversees and manages production of videos that help promote artists’ material.
  24. Body Guard – Wears a black suit, knows kung fu, and protects the well-known artists from unhealthy maniacs.
  25. Choreographer – Develops and teaches movements (usually dance) for music videos and live performances.
  26. Entertainment Lawyer – Provides legal advice including talent agreements, producer agreements, synchronization (video and multimedia revenue) rights, music industry negotiation and general intellectual property issues, especially relating to copyright.
  27. Music Business Accountant – someone who does the taxes and is knowledgeable about entertainment industry revenue laws. Many financial duties are performed by managers and labels, but the larger you are, the greater the need for accountability for the members of your team.
  28. Radio Station Manager – Runs the day to day operations of the radio station, complying with laws, issuing messages, and often making deals with advertisers (especially if it is a small station).
  29. Radio Programming Director – Decides what music will play, how often it will play, and when it will play. Top 40 radio stations owned by ClearChannel usually have already decided a lot of this for the programming director.
  30. Artist Biographer – Put your writing skills to good use by writing about the lives and works of well admired (or hated) artists. Books that sell well can earn passive income for both you and the artist.
  31. Orchestra Conductor – communicates artistic directions to performers during a performance. There are no absolute rules on how to conduct correctly, and a wide variety of different conducting styles exist.
  32. Sheet Music Composer – write scores for symphony, Broadway, soundtracks, and more.
  33. Personal Assistant – Simply be a convenient errand boy/girl for an accomplished person to keep around.

These are all the possibilities immediately visible to me right now. Please comment any that you feel I have overlooked, forgotten about, or that you have invented just now yourself.

My thanks to for helping with most of the job descriptions.


October 10, 2009 - Posted by | Music Business | , , , , ,

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