Music Business Careers

Careers in the music industry include: artists, engineers, producers, management and other behind-the-scenes people who are in the business of capturing, recreating and marketing sound.  These professionals are experts in many fields such as; acoustics, electronics, production, broadcast media, multimedia, marketing and business.  These careers focus on turning a creative spark into a final product that in the music industry means a hit record.


The overall quality of a recording begins and ends with the artist(s).  Careers as a recording artist(s) have several ingredients that drive the industry; charisma, technique, emotion and the ability to ‘command an audience’.  A carefully planned and well-produced recording will act as a framework to showcase the talent and soul of the artist(s).


Of all the careers in the music industry, the producer’s job is one of the most important.  Primarily, the producer helps the artist(s) and record company create the best possible recorded performance and a final product for the buying public. This involves guiding the artist(s) through the recording process, including; controlling the finances, selection of songs, and maintaining the focus on the artist’s vision.


Other examples of careers in the music industry are found in studio musicians, back-up singers and arrangers.  Often times the services of these professionals and sometimes even entire orchestras are called in to provide richness and depth to the performance of the artist(s) or vocalist.


One of the most technical careers of the music industry is the job of the engineer.   Through the use of recording technology, the engineer must be able to express the artist’s talent and the producer’s concepts.  Actually the job of the engineer is more of an art form, there are no magic formulas, the process is subjective in nature and it relies on the tastes and experience of those involved.  Simply put, the engineer uses their artful knowledge of recording media technology to produce the best possible sound, taking into account the intended customer and media used for sound recreation.


An entry-level position for an individual interested in careers in the music industry, specifically that of an engineer, is an ‘in-training’ or Assistant Engineer.  Assistant Engineer’s might assist  in the placement of microphones and headphones, run the tape machines, help with session documentation and maybe perform rough mixes and balance settings on the recording boards.


The Maintenance Engineers make sure that the studio equipment is in top condition, regularly aligned and repaired when necessary.  Large studios may employ a full-time maintenance engineer, but smaller studios often use the services of free-lance engineers and technical service companies.


The Mastering Engineer tweaks the final version of the recording in order to present the “master” recording with the best possible sound for marketing purposes.


Additionally, there are other careers in the music industry that are support positions behind the scenes:

  • Studio Management – this person manages the people in the studio supervising the bookings, accounting and marketing.
  •  Bookings Manager – this person keeps track of the schedule of studio usage and billing.
  • Support Staff – the assistants that keep everyone happy and everything running smoothly.


The following is a partial list of other careers in the music industry:

  • Artist Management
  • Artist Booking Agents
  • A and R (artist of repertoire)
  • Manufacturing of product
  • Marketing of product
  • Distribution of product
  • Web Development
  • Costume and Wardrobe Design
  • Graphic Arts and Layout
  • Tour Management
  • Live Sound and Lighting Technicians
  • Artist’s Personal Assistants

If you are interested in the business of sound recording, you will quickly find out that it can be difficult to get into.  It may seem like a glamorous job, but it takes a ton of self-motivation, good networking skills, perseverance, talent and personality to get into the business.  Even if you have a degree from a recording school, sometimes it is who you know, that is more important than what you know.  However, if you are committed and willing to do what it takes, there is a wide variety careers in the music industry.

These professionals are experts in many fields such as; acoustics, electronics, production, broadcast media, multimedia, marketing and business.  These careers focus on turning a creative spark into a final product that in the music industry means a hit record.

About Albro

With 25 years in sales and management, Lynn Albro is focused on internet marketing for Realtors and small business owners. Specializing in SEO and Social Networking, she is a creative problem solver, and loves to help!
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