Having a full time job in music is very appealing to many young people. They view their local band director as a leader in the community who apparently enjoys his/her position and is content getting up early every morning and going to work. Or, the young person sees an entertainer on TV who is doing what they enjoy and making vast sums of money doing it. Or it might be a person interested in teaching at the university level. All of these positions may be of interest to a young person but as in all professions, there are many things to consider.
In the past I have been part of several lectures geared to young people thinking of using their musical skills to put themselves through life and from this experience as well as observing the current market in music, I thought it would be helpful to do a series of posts dedicated to music as a full time occupation. Please note that I expect to have a few related posts for there are so many avenues one could take when selecting a career in music. In addition to an area, we will try to point out both the advantages as well as the disadvantages of each area.
Today’s post will give you an idea as to the huge task it will be to cover all aspects of the music business and for that reason I will open with a small portion of the possibilities of employment in the field of the music industry.
This list represents only about 10% of the actual job openings at the present time “just in the field of the music industry on one job search site”.
Advertising Music Assistant
Assistant Mastering Engineer
Assistant Mix Engineer
Audio Technician / Sound Technician/ Production Mixer
College Marketing Representative
Digital Licensing Administrator
Instrumentalist, Vocalist, On-Air Personality or other performance musician
Label Copy Coordinator
Mechanical Licensing Administrator
Media Library Assistant
Music Business Manager
Music Composer / Music Arranger
Music Producer / Audio Post Production
Music Promoter / Concert Promoter
Music Teacher / Music Instructor
Music Video Producer
Private Music Instructor / Instrument Teacher
Public Relations Assistant
Record Label Salesperson
Recording Engineer / Sound Engineer
Social Media Coordinator
Studio Setup Worker
Synch License Administrator
Talent Manager / Booking Manager
Vocal Artist / Recording Artist