We often only imagine famous musicians with a record label, an album or a world wide tour when it comes to making money in the music industry. Either that or you think of working roles that help to facilitate artists such as management, A&R or publishers. But the truth is anything but. The music industry is not called an industry for nothing after all and there is a wide variety of talent in a wide variety of roles throughout the industry. With that in mind, we look at the some of the jobs and opportunities open to musician’s that do not fit the peoples expectations of musicians in the music industry and explain some of the potential benefits so aspiring musicians out there can choose their role.
One of the most common starting careers for young musicians is teaching. Learning to play an instrument or sing is a skill that all sorts of people from all sorts of backgrounds wish to acquire and as such there is always a demand for instrumental and singing tutors. There are many ways to approach this, you can either apply for tutoring jobs working with a company that provides pupils for you or you can work independently and run a tutoring business off your own back. There are also opportunities for musicians with a large amount of experience or a degree to teach in colleges and universities in a wide variety of subjects.
Many teachers speak of how rewarding it is to be able to pass on the knowledge that they have acquired to other people and to see their pupils develop. Tutoring offers the opportunity to be able to work off your own back as tutors generally work on a self-employed basis allowing them to have other forms of income which makes consolidating taxes easier. Teachers can often get the opportunity to be employed by colleges and universities opening up benefits such as pension and holiday pay.
Function Bands and Solo Performers
In this day and age there seems to be a growing popularity for function bands and solo performers. Whether on a Cruise Ship, Playing Weddings or in your local bar, there is a demand for musicians who can play a wide variety of material. They often have a very large repertoire and some gigs require the musician to be able to sight-read though this is not necessary for all gigs. This will give some performers the opportunity to travel though do bare in mind that your chance to experience a place may be quite limited. It also allows you to work on a self-employed basis making it perfect to do in conjunction with other forms of income such as playing sessions or teaching.
Highly talented instrumentalists and singers who have virtuosic abilities on there instrument are perfectly suited to be session players. Session players need to be able to meet the expectations of the people they work for in a timely professional manner and as such need to be experts in their chosen instrument and possess ability to sight-read and aurally transcribe. Top musicians often have highly impressive discographies with some of the biggest names in the industry and to see that you only need to check out the Wikipedia page of any of the members of Toto. These musicians will work for whatever period of time they are needed whether that is for a few hours in the studio or for a few months on tour. As such these musicians will tend to be employed on a job by job basis and as such generally are self-employed.
Music Composition, Songwriting and Production
For musicians with skills in music production, studio engineering, writing or composing, Music Composition, Songwriting and Production maybe an option. The opportunities and payment structures in which to do this can be as wide and varied as that of session musicians. Some create music, jingles and sound effects from home for stock music libraries, these producers are paid every time a licence for their track is bought. Some write or co-write songs for artists and are paid royalties for the use of their songs. Some are employed on a commission basis often being asked to compose music for a variety of media including film, TV, radio and games. Some are even employed on a more consistent basis for production companies which opens up potential employment benefits. The scale of these productions can vary from bedroom producers and performers to producers and composers with full studios and production facilities. Once again the scope of options for musicians here is broad on its own.
Live Sound Technician
Live venues up and down the country offer loads of opportunities to work on live sound. Some venues are small and only require technicians for a few hours a few days a week whilst others expect them to work for them fulltime. Really talented live technicians may even end up on tour with artists doing their front of house or monitors. As such the payment options for this career path can be wide varying from fulltime employment to being self-employed.
Similarly, studio engineering also gives people with studio and production experience the chance to dig their hands into the music tech world. Studios again will hire engineers with a variety of different payment options, contracts and hours. There are chances for potential development with some engineers going on to own their studios or become producers in their own right.
Of course the list of roles for musicians could go on forever with their being many other opportunities in education, academia, technology, writing and performance but for those of you a little wet behind the ears on potential jobs in the music industry I hope it has opened your eyes up to other jobs in the music industry outside of the sphere famous artists.
Proudly powered by Weebly