Careers in music span farther than just preforming and teaching. While these are still viable professions, there are plenty of other things to do with music in a career. Below is a list of careers that combine with music!
Producing and Writing
Music Producer- A Music Producer writes, arranges, produces and records songs for other Artists or for their own projects. DJ (Night Club DJ)- A club DJ plays songs at a night club, rave, or party using vinyl records, CDs or MP3s. A traditional DJ setup includes mixers, turntables, a sound system, and headphones, although many now use CDJs or digital mixing software. Songwriter- A songwriter crafts songs for another artist in hopes of creating a hit. Lyricist- A lyricist writes song lyrics for performance in songs, musicals,film/TV, and commercials. Production Music Writer- Writes music that is usually licensed or sold to a Production Music Library. This music is then placed into TV shows, commercials, and films. The music composer generally splits their earnings with the Production Music Library that owns the rights to the music. Jingle Writer- writes music for commercials. Video Game Composer- video game composers create musical scores for video games. Arranger- Writes instrumentation and arrangements of musical notes for studio recordings and live performances. Orchestrator- Orchestrators transpose music, and write scored based off a composer's initial draft or sketch. Composer- writes original music for many applications for TV, Film, Orchestras, Choirs, and Bands.
Conductor- a Conductor leads various ensembles such as bands, orchestras, choirs and musical ensembles. Rock Star- a rock star is the performer in the band who commands the most attention onstage, plays a key part in writing the band's songs and serves as the groups spokesperson. Singer- A singer preform the lead vocals of a song. Although he or she may have a background band, the Singer is the star. Recording Group- records tracks that are released on albums or as singles. Jazz Musician- Jazz Musicians are highly trained artists who perform original or repertoire jazz works in concert and in the recording studios. Background Singer- The background singer performs solo or with other singers and musicians in a recording studio or live performance. Session Singer- a session singer provides vocal accompaniment for a performer either in the studio or on stage. Session Musician- A Session or Studio Musician preforms a backing track for another musician, while performing onstage or recording in the studio. Accompanist- An accompanist is a pianist who accompanies singers, dancers, and instrumentalist for performances and rehearsals. Show Band- professional musicians who perform at corporate events, charity galas, holiday parties, weddings, and other private celebrations. Dance/Cover Band- performs music so the audience can dance and have a good time at clubs, bars, casinos, lounges, and schools. Cruise Ship Musician- Cruise Ship Musicians perform a wide variety of music to entertain guests on board a cruise ship.
Record Producer- Record Producers guide the production of a record by coaching musicians, advising in preproduction sessions,and directing the in-studio recording and production process. Recording Engineer- A Recording Engineer operates and sets up the recording equipment used to capture and shape the sound of an album or song. Assistant Engineer- assists recording professionals in the studio by positioning microphones, prepping mixes, carrying amps, and more. Recording Studio Manager- Recording Studio Managers ensure the studio runs efficiently by overseeing building maintenance and studio prep ahead of sessions. They also book studio time for artist. Mastering Engineer- Mastering Engineers ensure the sound quality of recorded music is consistent and well-mixed, creating the final, approved mix for albums before they are sent out to be reproduced and released to the public. Mix Engineers- Mix engineers mix various sound elements of a track to balance the volume and improve audio quality.
Director of A&R-the Director of A&R finds new artists, matches them with musical collaborators, and oversees the musical direction of the label. A&R Coordinator- A&R Coordinators find fresh talent for a label and oversee the completion of new albums A&R Administration- Handles the clerical elements of the A&R Department and maintains the budgets for artist signed to a label by working with accounting and legal personnel. Promotion manager- Promotion Managers serve as the head of the radio promotions department and are in charge of netting radio airplay for the label's artists. Promotion Staffer- Works to get radio airplay for a labels's artists and sets up any on-air performances or promotional giveaways. Director of Publicity- Oversees the Publicity Department at record labels and is responsible for formulating and managing publicity campaigns. Staff Publicist- Work to make sure artists and record labels are represented positively to the general public. Also arranges press kits, campaigns, and more. Artist Relations and Development Rep- AR/DR work with artists to cultivate and develop their careers, both artistically and financially. Album Cover Designer- Album Cover Designers create cover art and layout for LPs and CDs based off an artist or label's design ideas. Licensing Representative- Licensing Representatives pitch music in their catalog for use in film, TV, commercials, movie trailers, and video games. Sales and Marketing Manager- Oversees all aspects of marketing albums, including publicity and radio promotions. Also works with digital and physical distributors to ensure songs and albums are available for purchase. Marketing Coordinator- A Marketing Coordinator handles tour, retail, and digital marketing opportunities for a record label and its artists. Music Marketing Representative- Implements surveys for specific market analysis, and briefs radio stations and trade magazines on record sales. Consumer Researcher- Surveys consumer methods of purchasing, while analyzing and formulating consumer purchasing strategies. Record Industry Advertising Account Executive- implements record label advertising campaigns. Record Company Salesperson- work to sell label's albums and merchandise. Field Merchandiser- distributes merchandise and promotions to retailers and wholesale departments. Music Intern- learns the ropes at a music business organization through administrative support and assistance on projects. Music Website Webmaster- Designs, develops, implements and maintains an online presence for record labels and artists Personal Manager- Represents musicial acts and guides all aspects of an artist's career. Booking Agent- Booking Agents negotiate deals and plans tours for the artists on their roster. Concert Promoter- Concert Promoters organize shows by booking talent, securing venues, and marketing their events. Music Publisher- Signs Songwriters to write demos, then pitches these demos to artists and labels as possible cuts on their records. They also pitch recordings for use in film, TV, and commercials. Licensing Representative- Licensing Representatives pitch music in their catalog for use in film, TV, commercials, movie trailers and video games. Entertainment Attorney- Manages all legal matters for musicians. This includes contractual agreements, negotiating, advice, and counseling.
Music Teacher- Music Teachers provide instruction in music performance and theory. They can teach one-on-one or in a group setting. Some teachers specialize in only one instrument, while others instruct pupils in a range of different instruments. Teaching ranges from elementary music, middle school, high school, private lessons, collegiate, band, choir, orchestra, and various other ensembles. College, Conservatory, or University Music Teacher- Educated students in music theory, history, composition, performance or music business studies at an institute of higher education. Musicologist- Musicologist study music in a historical, critical, or scientific context. Majority of Musicologist are employed by institutes of high education, where they conduct research, publish papers, and teach college-level classes. Ethnomusicologists-Ethnomusicologists go into the field to learn about the musical practices of different groups, writing academic studies that frame musical traditions and movements through a socio-cultural lens. Private Lessons Teacher- instructs and teaches students how to play a specific instrument in a one-on-one or small group. Music Librarian- Music Librarians answer reference questions, interact with the public, process donations, and help catalog and sometime digitize collections.
Music Therapist- A music therapist works with clients to improve any issues with their emotional, physical, cognitive and social well-being though the use of music lessons, sing-a-longs, etc. Voice Therapist- Works with patients to help them recover from vocal damage and to make positive lifestyles and/or vocal behavior changes. Speech Pathologist- helps rehabilitate patients with vocal disorders through voice therapy exercises.
Other Music Careers
Radio DJ- A radio DJ plays music on-air and discusses music, mews, or other subjects on the breaks between songs. Church Choir Director- Coordinates church choir, recruits singers, develops and trains musical talents, and selects music for performances. Cantor- Cantors provide inspiration through music for a synagogue's congregation. They also take on other clergy duties such as teaching and working with families. Church Organist- plays the organ at religious services and wedding ceremonies. Choreographer- Choreographers create and teach dances to dancers to perform on stage during concerts, tours, theatrical performances, or film/TV projects.
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