Jobs in the Music Industry

Although the internet has caused some damage to the music industry in recent decades, it is still a blooming field with many professions. If you’re interested in music, there’s no other field of work that will give you the ability to interact with music than this.

Of course, it may seem that everything is figured out already, and that there is no place for you in it, but, hey, that’s the case with almost any profession out there. The major thing you have to figure out is what you want to do in the music industry. 

There are many jobs in this industry, and finding the one that suits you is crucial. We compiled a list of some of the jobs in hope to direct you towards the right path that suits you best.

Musician

Let’s get the obvious out of the way first: being a musician. Whether it is a singer or an instrument player, the first thing that comes to mind when mentioning a job in the music industry is exactly this.

And this is understandable because the artist is the key of this industry. Without the talent of the artists, no one would have to work on anything. So, if you see yourself in this profession, make sure you have something to offer in terms of playing an instrument or singing.

Songwriter/Composer/Beatmaker

Maybe you’re not a showbiz type, but still got talent to create music. Many singers in today’s industry don’t write their songs themselves. They have a team of lyricists, songwriters, composers, etc. to do that for them.

On the other hand, there are many successful songwriters who have avoided the spotlight, only to emerge in a certain point and make a hell of a career.

Sound Engineer

This has to do a lot with physics, acoustics to be precise. If you love music, but also have a talent for understanding how sound works, then this job is something for you. Sound engineers are responsible for how the songs at concerts and on recordings sound. It requires a great deal of learning and understanding different aspects of frequencies and music theory as well.

Producer

A producer produces songs. Well, duh! He is the one sitting on the other end of the studio while the talent records in the booth. The producer is responsible for finding talent, laying out the song or album in a way that will guarantee maximum success, and make it sound like a professional recording. A good producer can give a creative touch to the end product as well.

Manager

OK. Let’s say you know nothing about acoustics, and don’t sing or play an instrument. You’re not really cut out to be a producer, but you know how the showbiz functions. If that’s the case, then you could still be part of the music industry as someone’s manager. This is a very important job as it requires great social skills, able to sense opportunities and knowing how to strike a deal. If you think that’s something for you, then go ahead and manage.



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