Production Careers

There are a lot of "behind the scenes" Production Careers required to make music that others enjoy. It doesn’t matter if the music is recorded or live, these Production Careers make sure it all happens.

Acoustic Engineer Acoustic Engineers apply and manage sound-producing vibrations. They may work on sound-proofing buildings, developing acoustics for symphony halls, or reducing vibrations in machines
Assistant Engineer An assistant engineer works in a recording studio and will most likely set up for recording or mixing sessions. They work with a lead audio engineer and take direction from them. They may set up the recording studio and make sure each player has the proper microphone.
Audio Director (Video Games) An audio director for video games oversees all the sounds that go into a particular game. They supervise a team of sound and software professionals on every project.
Audio Lead (Video Games) The audio lead for video games oversees the artists and engineers who create and use the music and sounds in a video game.
Audio Technician An audio technician sets up and maintains sound and recording equipment. They can work in recording studios, concert venues, or film, television, radio, and media.
Bow Specialist A bow specialist, bowmaker, or archetier is someone who makes, repairs, and restores bows for stringed instruments.
Church Music Director A church music director is someone who works with other church leaders to provide worship performances. Music directors perform creative and administrative duties.
Electronic Music Technician Electronic music technicians install, operate and maintain the electronic equipment used in audio production or broadcasting.
Front of House Engineer A front of house engineer mixes sound for a live performance. They normally sit in the middle or back of the audience.
Guitar Technician Guitar techs travel with bands and maintain acoustic and electric guitars for their band. They set up instruments, pedals, amplifiers. They make emergency repairs during live shows.
Luthier A luthier is an artisan who makes stringed instruments. They must have excellent woodworking skills in addition to an ear for music.
Mastering Engineer A mastering engineer uses digital and analog tools to manipulate the equalization, compression, fades, and other qualities to enhance the final distribution product of a song.
Mixing Engineer A mixing engineer combines the different recorded tracks of a song to create a final sound.
Monitor Engineer A monitor engineer works in the front of the house during a concert performance. You may see them at the soundboard. They are listening to the music through their headphones and making sure the musicians hear what they need to at the proper parts of the show.
Musical Director A musical director is responsible for creating the audio ambiance for a production. They will audition and hire musicians, work with director or producer to get the feeling of the show, and select compositions to reflect the mood. The musical director will often act as the conductor or band leader during the performance.
Music Editor A music editor is responsible for the musical elements in a movie, from the score a composer writes to licensed music from other artists. They help editors set the mood, tempo, and pacing for the production. They decide where music will appear in the production and when the music begins and ends.
Music Festival Administrator A music festival administrator makes a festival happen. From booking the acts to securing a venue, lodging, insurance, and food and beverage service. They solve problems as they arise and make sure no detail has been forgotten.
Musical Tech Specialist A Musical Tech Specialist combines music and computers. There are many different kinds of jobs you can do with music technology, from composing, to performing, to distributing music.
Piano Technican/Tuner A piano technician or tuner makes tiny adjustments to the tension of the strings inside a piano to make sure the piano plays in tune and to keep the instrument damage-free.
Production Manager A production manager is responsible for bringing live shows to life and managing the technical aspects of the live show. This often includes ticketing, promotions, and advertising in addition to lighting, staging, and sound.
Recording Engineer A recording engineer is an expert in the electrical equipment used to record and balance sound in a recording studio. They typically supervise sound technicians.
Road Manager A road manager is someone who works with small to mid-sized musical bands, and makes sure that all the details are organized and on schedule.
Sound Technician A sound technician uses electronic equipment to make artists sound great no matter the venue they perform in. When they work in television, video or film production, they make sure the sounds of the vocalists and instruments are balanced. This job might also be called an audio technician.
Stage Manager A stage manager supervises all aspects of a group’s performance on their venue’s stage. They supervise the unloading of equipment, its placement on the stage, technical, performance, and safety requirements. They also ensure the act has what they need for their performance from preferred foods and drinks to cues for entering the stage.
Tour Coordinator A tour coordinator organizes the details of touring for musical and theatrical groups. Tour coordinators manage the needs of the professionals and staff involved in the tour. These professionals deal with all travel arrangements, hotel accommodations, transportation, and schedules during the tour.
Tour Manager A tour manager helps organize a band’s schedule of appearances in different venues.
Touring professional (roadie) A touring professional or roadie is an umbrella term for any of the support and technical people who makes sure the performers give a good show.

There are many Production Careers to choose from. This list can be a stepping stone for picking which of the production careers is right for you.