A Quick Breakdown of Jobs in the Music Industry
There's a lot more to the music industry than standing up on stage and singing
your heart out. A love of music is a key ingredient in all jobs in the music
industry - but we all show our love in different ways. Not all jobs in the music
industry are about performing. If you're interested in making music a part of
your working life, there are interesting jobs in the music industry that make
use of the skills that you have.
What sort of jobs can you find in the music industry? Everyone knows about
musicians and performers, or course, but there's an entire industry devoted to
supporting, producing, teaching, publicizing and supporting performers. If
you're looking for jobs in the music industry, here are just some of the careers
you might consider.
A music teacher may work in a public or private school, have a job with a social
agency that offers enrichment, or give private lessons. According to the
Occupational Outlook Handbook, 3 in 10 music teachers are self-employed, and
many music teachers only teach part time. There were about 253,000 music teacher
jobs in 2004, but that number is expected to grow faster than jobs in other
industries as baby boomers continue to embrace lifelong learning. The median
salary for a music teacher is $14.85 per hour.
A music minister is far more than the Church organist. Under the direction of a
senior clergyman, a music minister may organize the choir, participate in
planning of musical events for a church, encourage attendance in church and help
parishioners develop and present their own musical worship and praise. The
American Guild of Organists offers salary guidelines for Music Ministers that
range from $31,000 for a minister with a Service Playing Certificate to $67,000
for a music minister with a Doctorate in Sacred Organ Music.
A and Scouts, Coordinators and Administrators
If you have a good ear for music and a good grasp of what people like to hear,
you could find a career in the A and R (Artists and Repertoire) area. Among the most
fun jobs in the music industry, A and R scouts and other professionals actively seek
out talent for record labels and production companies. A and R scouts visit clubs
and concerts, listen to demo tapes and watch videos to find new talent, and are
often responsible for finding songs for existing talent to perform.
Do you believe in the healing power of music? Music therapists work either
independently or in nursing homes, schools and other institutions to use music
as an aid to healing, bring enjoyment to patients at varying stages of recovery,
relieve pain and provide emotional comfort to patients with various physical and
emotional illnesses. For a musician who wants to feel good about his or her
work, it could be among the most rewarding of jobs in the music industry.