Want a Slice of the Music Industry Pie? Here Are Some Ways to Do it


The music industry is huge, but also fickle. In fact, when young people try to enroll in a music business degree, their parents often worry about whether they will ever be able to make a living in this field. There are two realities in the world of music:

  1. Yes, there are jobs out there for people, particularly those with an education.
  2. Yes, some positions can be obtained solely through luck, particularly the performing positions.

So, if your child is thinking about enrolling in a music business degree and you want him or her to be realistic about not being the next Justin Bieber or Katie Perry, what other career options exist for them?

Careers for People in Music Business

  1. Live sound engineers ensure all live performances sound perfect.
  2. Recording engineers work in studios and are responsible for tracking. This means that they record each individual element of a song, before someone else puts them all together.
  3. Mixing engineers are the ones who come in and take what the recording engineer has done, adding them and mixing them together to produce a beautifully sounding song.
  4. Mastering engineers are the final step in the overall recording process. They ensure that an album works properly and has a holistic feel to it. They adjust one song’s sound levels to make sure that it sounds better with the next song, for instance, creating a harmonious whole.
  5. Pro tools operators are specialized engineers who use Pro Tools to create music. Those who want to work with this have to become Certified Pro Tools Operators.
  6. Interns, which most good music business schools will require, giving students the opportunity to find out whether the industry is right for them and, at the same time, giving them the opportunity to build up professional contacts.
  7. Teachers, who will work with other children, including the very young, and teach them an instrument, including their voice. This can be through private lessons or in schools, colleges, or community groups, for instance.
  8. Musical managers are responsible for ensuring an artist or a band have a good career, with representation of the right agents – and the right lawyers.
  9. Booking agents, who ensure artists have a chance to perform at different venues and gigs. Did you know that there are states in which an artist’s manager is not allowed to book a gig, as they would be breaking the law?

As you can see, there are plenty of career options in the field of music, and the above nine are only scratching the surface. If your child wants to enroll in a music business degree – let them. They are unlikely to have wild ideas that a four year bachelor’s degree will turn them into Take That and, if they do, they will have a rude awakening very quickly. Instead, they will spend four years receiving a high quality education with important transferable skills and a huge array of job opportunities at the end of it.

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