Many people are passionate about music; however, not everyone is born with the ability to be a successful musician. If you don’t have the chops to be the main act, but you still want to be in the music scene, here are some careers that you should look into!
1) Talent Scout
The salary for a Talent Scout is very hit or miss considering most are paid solely in commission (if you bring in great acts you get paid). However, for those hoping to break into the music industry, talent scouting is a great entry level job. You can work for clubs, record labels, or television. The job of making an underground artist’s dreams come true while discovering terrific new music is an opportunity that every music lover should jump at.
“Many people are passionate about music, however not everyone is born with the ability to be a successful musician.”
2) Music Producer
The salary for a Music Producer can range from $25,000 to $1,000,000 depending on how successful the record label and the talent you work with are. Many Music Producers can make a big name for themselves, becoming almost as famous as their clients. In this job, you work directly with the artists, helping them find their sound, record their music, and get their work to where it needs to be to be released to the public. It’s a demanding job that can require lots of time in the studio, but when you perfect a track, it can be highly rewarding.
3) Promotion Manager
The salary for a Promotion Manager can range from $27,000 to $95,000 (or possibly more), once again depending on the success of the employer and talent. As a Promotion Manager, you would work directly for a recording label procuring gigs for the artists and directing promotional campaigns for the label and its clients. This is a terrific job if you enjoy planning and making connections.
Like a Talent Scout, most Managers work on commission (usually 10-20%). Managers represent artists, helping them find recording labels, deal with legal aspects such as contracts, and accompany them on tours and to gigs. Managers must be prepared to deal with crises such as blemishes on the artists’ public image or legal troubles.
5) Tour Publicist
The salary for a Tour Publicist ranges from $30,000 to $100,000. As a Tour Publicist you would spread word of tour dates and locations to fans, schedule promotional performances (i.e. on talk shows) and press conferences. If you’re interested in public relations as well as music, this is definitely a career worth looking into.
There are a lot of careers in the music business. While hard to break into, if you’re willing to put forth ample amounts of hard work, you can be extremely successful in the music industry.