Music Business Careers

Music business careers cover a lot of areas. From managing artists, to buying and selling music, to making sure a venue runs smoothly, the music business has a place for everyone.

A&R Coordinator An A&R Coordinator is part of the Artist and Repertoire team. As part of a record label, they look for new talent to sign to the label and find appropriate songs for them to record.
Artist Manager An artist manager handles the day-to-day business of a band or artist. That may include scheduling gigs and coordinating the other people working for the artist like business managers, attorneys and promoters.
Artist Relations Manager An artist relations manager acts as the liaison between a venue and the the artists who perform there.
Arts Administrator An arts administrator usually works for an arts organization and handles business operations like staffing, budgeting, marketing, and program development.
Arts Council Director An arts council typically advocates for the arts (and the importance of art) in a community. An executive director coordinates the activities of the organization which typically include supervision, fundraising, and advocacy work.
Attorney A music lawyer is an entertainment lawyer. They spend the majority of their time writing and negotiating contracts on behalf of their clients.
Booking Agent A booking agent works for a group or artist and arranges concerts and performances at venues.
Business Manager A business manager represents a group or artist with publicity, contract negotiations, and royalties among other business functions.
Digital Content Director A content director oversees the material, like blogs, video, and graphics, websites use to convey information.
Digital Marketing Manager A digital marketing manager develops, implements, and tracks marketing campaigns to promote a company and its products.
Events Planner A music event planner makes sure everything related to an event is taken care of, from the idea to programming to logistics. Planners market and advertise for the event; they raise money, they make sure the venue is ready and staffed; they coordinate transportation and living arrangements.
Field Technician Field technicians work places where equipment is too large or too cumbersome to be moved. They make sure equipment is maintained in good working order and perform emergency repairs when needed.
Fundraising Director A fundraising director oversees all the functions related to raising money for their organization. This can include budgeting, managing employees and volunteers, planning events, developing donors, and more.
Instrument/Equipment Salesperson An instrument salesperson consults with a customer to make sure they get the right instrument for their playing maturity, goals, and budget.
Licensing Representative A licensing representative protects the copyright owner of a piece of music. They usually work for a publishing company or a record company. They make sure the proper license is granted to users of the piece.
Managing Director (Orchestra) The managing director of an orchestra (also called an executive director or general manager) is responsible for decisions involving people and money. They may participate in auditions, set rehearsal schedules, negotiate with musician unions, and cultivate donors. The managing director has a lot of management experience and is excellent at working with others.
Marketing Manager A marketing manager creates campaigns that help maximize the sale of music by their label or artist. To be successful, they need a strong background in business and analysis.
Marketing Segment Specialist A marketing segment specialist gains a deep understanding of a particular group (a segment) to learn how to best appeal to their needs and desires.
Museum Curator A museum curator is a content specialist who assembles items into a gallery or exhibit to tell a story. They interpret the meaning and context of objects so current visitors have better insight into the era and people the exhibit represents.
Music Catalog Broker When music publishers own a catalog of songs they no longer need, they often use a broker to find a buyer for their portfolio of songs. The broker connects buyers and sellers and negotiates between the parties involved in the sale.
Music Industry Marketing Professional A marketing professional creates and executes campaigns that help maximize the sale of music by their label or artist. To be successful, they need a strong background in business and analysis. Another name for this job is a Music Marketing Manager.
Music Librarian A music librarian is similar to a regular librarian, but with a specialty in music. They organize and catalog the music collection of an institution. They must be well-versed in all types of music to help patrons find and use the music resources of the library.
Music Producer A music producer supervises the organization and execution of a recording session. They bring their vision for the song to life. This job is also called a record producer.
Music Publisher A music publisher licenses songs in their catalog to be recorded or performed. They are also responsible for making sure the songwriter is paid royalties for the songs in their catalog.
Music Retailer A music retailer is someone who sells recorded music to the public.
Performer Manager A performer manager handles the day-to-day business of a band or artist. That may include scheduling gigs and coordinating the other people working for the artist like business managers, attorneys and promoters. This job is also known as an artist manager.
Promoter, Booking Agent A promoter works for a group or artist and arranges concerts and performances at venues. This job is also called a booking agent.
Public Relations A public relations person works with an artist to help them promote their material. They may create a strategy to expose the artist’s work to outlets where the material will get broad and positive exposure.
Publicist A publicist works with an artist to help them cultivate and maintain an image of the artist that appeals to their audience. They may do things like coordinate appearances, press events, and interviews.
Publicity Director A publicity director is in charge of the publicity staff of an agency or label. They develop and execute plans to promote and publicize artists they represent.
Record Producer A record producer supervises the organization and execution of a recording session. They bring their vision for the song to life. This job is also called a music producer.
Restoration Specialist A restoration specialist takes old or broken instruments and brings them back to modern playing condition while maintaining the historic qualities of the instrument.
Royalty Calculation Analyst A royalty analyst is employed by a company to monitor royalty license agreements. This person also compiles royalty payment statements while following auditing and tax requirements.
Song Plugger A song plugger pitches (or sells) a songwriter’s work. They need a lot of connections in the music industry to effectively sell someone else’s work. Pluggers work on a retainer or monthly fee. They do not own rights to the song they are pitching.
Studio Manager A studio manager makes sure everything in the recording studio is set up for sessions. This includes organizing the bands, the equipment, and personnel. A studio manager also handles administrative aspects of their studio.
Venue Manager A venue manager is the person in charge of a location or event space. The space can be anything from an outdoor amphitheater to a ballroom to a theater or conference center. They oversee activities and use of the facilities.

There are many Music Business Careers to choose from. This list can be a stepping stone for picking which of the music business careers is right for you. For more information on Music Business Careers, email us at info@scholarshipauditions.com