Entry Level Jobs in the Music Business

Are you interested in a music industry job? Many people associate the music business with performers, songwriters and producers. These jobs, however, represent only a small portion of the music industry. Music industry jobs are as varied as the skill sets they require. As in any field of work, entry-level positions provide an avenue to enter this competitive field. The following are a few entry-level positions you might want to consider:

  • Assistant Recording Engineer
  • Music Blogger
  • Field Merchandiser

The Technical Side of Music

Assistant recording engineer can be a good job for someone who enjoys the technical aspects of music production. The assistant engineer helps operate and maintain mechanical and digital equipment used to record and manipulate sound. A sound engineer can work in a studio or at a live event, such as a concert or festival. Prior to a recording session or event, the assistant engineer may test and set up equipment to perform sound checks. Following an event, the engineer's responsibilities may include mixing, editing, and mastering or remastering a recording.

Assistant recording engineers need to be familiar with the equipment they operate and have a technical aptitude to develop the skills necessary for this music industry job and for advancement in the field.

A Journalistic Approach to Music

If you love to write and you love music, then music blogging may be an appealing field. Music bloggers write a variety of content, including music industry news and album reviews as well as artist profiles and interviews. Bloggers who work for an organization may also perform some administrative duties such as invoicing and budgeting. Many music bloggers also perform editing duties and help to proof other writers' work. As a music blogger, you may begin your career as a freelancer, writing for different organizations or maintaining your own blog. Music bloggers need to be skilled writers, with a keen eye for grammar and the knack for creating compelling content.

Merchandising in the Music Business

A field merchandiser markets a record company's products and promotional materials by distributing material to music stores. This material might be displays that contain posters, T-shirts, buttons, album covers, or other merchandise that can create interest in a record company's catalog. Field merchandisers typically travel frequently, delivering products and building relationships with retail outlets. Merchandisers also evaluate the effectiveness of product displays at retailers. Field merchandisers need marketing and advertising knowledge to properly analyze the effectiveness of their products and adjust campaigns as necessary.

Breaking Into the Music Business

Getting a job in the music industry can be tough. It is a compelling but competitive industry that appeals to job-seekers with many different backgrounds. A master's degree in music business can give you a competitive edge in your job search. An advanced degree demonstrates your commitment to success in this fast-paced industry as well as the knowledge and skills to outperform other candidates. The coursework for a master's degree in music business will help you fully understand the breadth of the industry while concentrating on a targeted specialty, which can help employers when they are looking for exactly the right person for the job.

Learn about the Frost School of Music’s online MBEI program.






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