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Careers in the Music Industry

Aug 17, 2007
There are tons of other jobs in the music industry besides being a musician. It is often found that these jobs are less commonly discussed. Obviously now everyone in the music industry is an artist or performer. Maybe you don't play but love music and a career in the industry is really what you desire. Or maybe you do play but would rather be a professional. Let's discuss these other roles and what they involve.

Music contacts in the industry are vital no matter which field you want to explore. Not everyone is an independent artist or someone trying to get signed. Have you ever heard of a music promoter? This job is exactly as it sounds because it involves promoting or publicizing concerts and shows. In this field, one will work will managers, bands, clubs, venues and agents. If marketing, promoting and negotiating are you skills, then this position might be for you.

Music agents or booking agents are another role played in the music industry. These guys work directly with musicians that are signed or involved in independent music. Agents act as liaisons between clubs, venues, promoters and record labels and the artists themselves.

Maybe management is your milieu. If this is the case then a band or artist manager position may be in your future. A manager would send out demos or press kits, book gigs, invites labels to shows, book studio time and budget for the band. Managers are almost always contracted and make a percentage of what the band pulls in.

Does an A&R position interest you? People who love music and want to scout out the next big thing often work in the A& R field. A&R people have a tough and busy job. They have to deal with artist of every level of talent, listen to piles of demo tapes and attend thousands of shows. But, if that sounds like a great time to you, then A&R might be your calling.

The music industry is fast and piping hot. You don't have to be involved with independent music or searching for a record deal to be considered part of the music industry hopefuls. In addition to the above jobs, there are hundreds of others. Pick a field, do an internship if possible, find out what aspect you love and make tons of music contacts. This is the best way to break into the music industry. But most of all, have fun while doing it and hopefully you will find the career of your dreams.
About the Author
Owner of Platinum Millennium publishing, former record label owner & national music industry seminar speaker/panelist. Author/creator of best-selling music biz books, courses, audio products & "How to" resources that helped 1000s. Go to http://www.TheIndustryYellowPages.com for more info on music contacts, music industry & independent music.
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