Careers in Music

Music isn't just singing or performing, so here's an insight to other careers you could take.

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The music industry is more than just musicians and singers. All of your favourite stars wouldn’t be where they are without a team working along side them, but many people are unaware of the possibilities to get involved in music. It may feel like if you don’t want to sing or play then there’s no space for you, but the endless jobs around these artists may be the place for you.

It’s best to start in thinking of one of the many categories that suits you. Each job will fall into a category of similar other careers, so even if you’re not too keen on one, you’ll be able to find a wide range of close jobs in the same area. The main categories for music are performers, writers, recording/producing, music business, journalism, record industry, advertising, education or much more!

Maybe you’re someone who enjoys writing, especially creatively, and have always enjoyed poetry, stories or focused on the lyrics when you’re listening to music. You might often be coming up with tunes, or strumming a guitar. Being a lyricist or songwriter might be the job for you. Lyricists create the lyrics for songs and they don’t need to be able to come up with the tunes or melodies, whereas a songwriter creates the music and instruments that fits with the words. There a range of areas you can go with these, such as writing for Film/TV, games or adverts. These roles are often called a Production Music Writer, Jingle Writer or Composer.

You can like music but also be into business, and put this into a career! You might be less creative or prefer dealing with plans and be a natural leader. Jobs such as management, promoters or a Booking Agent and more are great ways of getting involved with music. You could be a professional manager who pitches compositions to labels or artists to perform or record, or a personal manager that represents and guides artists in their career. Booking Agents are in charge of planning tours and negotiating deals for their performers. You might want to be in charge of booking venues, booking performers and marketing events, so a Concert Promoter could be a choice for you.

An option for those who like to be creative, but not in a story or poem sort or way would be getting into Music Journalism. This can range from writing about music in media, blogging online or being a reviewing critic. There’s also always a need for a photographer at events or for advertising if you’re handy with a camera!

Teaching plays a big part in music, and there’s many ways of sharing your interest with others. Whether that’s a school or university teacher, a Private Instrument or Vocal Teacher or even school Band Director. These jobs allow you to connect with young people (or adults) and share your knowledge to push others further.

It takes a simple search or a few questions to find out about the array of Music jobs available for you, and there’s no need to feel restricted. Music allows you to connect your interests such as writing, business, design, technology or even history, and build a career that brings the best out of you.

Chloe Walker

Special Guest

I'm a second year Journalism student at Canterbury College with an interest in Fashion, Arts and Business.