music-industry

Helpful tips to prepare for graduate study in Music Industry:

  • You do not have to have a Bachelor’s degree in music but it is recommended that you have a background knowledge of Music (theory, business, etc)
  • Not every school requires a GRE, check when looking to apply, if they do require one, study and take the test earlier than later.

Strategies

Consider these types of employers/industries:

  • local record labels, recording studios, booking agencies
  • licensing firms
  • artist management firms and talent agencies
  • professional sports teams, theaters (both for plays and for music performances).
  • audio equipment manufacturers and dealers
  • video game design companies and the film industry
  • copyright management
  • Identify your interests.
  • Make a dream list of industries and artists.
  • Be specific, don’t just say you want to work in the industry, list specific skills you have that you can bring to it.
  • Keep an eye on the company’s website and social media to see any new opportunities.
  • Attend networking events. The Association for Independent Music has events open for nonmembers.
  • Music works closely with film, TV, publishing, sporting and other creative sectors, keep your mind open.
  • Break your dream down to achievable steps, your first job won’t be your dream job.
  • This field is competitive and it is important to secure several internships during your time at UNH.

  • Use keywords in the industry.
  • List any advanced training you may have
  • Only include important competitions/honors
  • Other experience you can add can include booking a show at a club, starting a music blog, helping a friend who has a band organize itself, etc. Initiative will be looked at positively.
  • List music related accomplishments.
  • Show that your work has driven sales, production etc.
  • If you’ve worked on something that has gotten good reviews, awards, include it.
  • Be a little creative, use some colors but don’t go overboard. It should still be pleasing to look at and easy to read.
  • If you have worked with anyone who is famous, name-drop them.

  • Why do you want this music management job?
  • What have you learned from mistakes in past music management positions?
  • Be clear on goals, when asked why you want the position.
  • What kind of music do you like? (don’t go into the “I love all kinds of music”, be specific and explain why)
  • Why do you feel the music industry is the place for you?
  • What first got you interested in music?
  • How did you first discover your passion for music?
  • Can you tell us about some of the accomplishments you have had in the music arts?

Career Resources for Music Industry Majors:

Music Industry Degree Types: 

Music Business MBA

Music Business and Entertainment MA

Music Industry Leadership MS

Music and Entertainment Industry MS

Music Management MBA

Music Cognition MS/PhD

Music Education MS

Law and Music Industry Leadership MS

Career Paths:

Master’s Degree:

  • Personal Manager
  • Booking Agent
  • Concert Promoter
  • Music Supervisor
  • Music Business Consultant
  • Contractor
  • A&R Coordinator
  • A&R Administrator
  • Director of Publicity
  • Advertising Account Executive
  • Marketing Representative
  • Music Publisher
  • Tour Coordinator
  • Tour Publicist

PhD:

  • Academia (Professor)

Music Directors and Composers

Median Salary:$47,350

Outlook: +5% (slower than average)

Producers and Directors (Stage Managers, Concert Hall Managers, Concert Promoters, etc)

Median Salary:$71,350

Outlook: +3% (slower than average)

Broadcast and Sound Engineering Technicians

Median Salary:$41,200

Outlook: +9% (average)

Musicians and Singers

Median Salary:$23.50/hour

Outlook:+5% (slower than average)

Post-secondary Teachers (Music Industry Professor)

Median Salary:$68,970

Outlook:+19% (faster than average)

Technical Writer (Song, Music writer)

Median Salary:$70,290

Outlook:+15%

Audio Engineer (Sound Technician, etc)

Median Salary:$58,670

Outlook:+9%

Promotion Manager

Median Salary:$70,290

Outlook:+12%

Agents and Business Managers

Median Salary:$64,200

Outlook:+5%