Performing & Writing Careers
Careers in Performing & Writing
Alternate Titles: Beat Maker, Writer
Job Description: Writes and records music to be used by major artists, licensed for television or commercials, or for their own projects.
Salary: $25,000 to $1,000,000
DJ (Nightclub DJ)
Alternate Titles: DJ, Deejay, Disc Jockey
Job Description: A Club DJ plays songs at a nightclub, bar, rave, or party using vinyl records, CDs, or MP3s. The traditional DJ setup includes a mixer, two turntables, a sound system and headphones, although many now use CDJs or digital mixing software.
Salary: From getting paid in drink tickets to millions of dollars a year. $300/night is normal.
Alternate Titles: Rocker, Frontman, Frontwoman
Job Description: A Rock Star is the performer in the band who commands the most attention onstage, plays a key part in writing the band’s songs, and serves as the group’s spokesperson.
Salary: $100k-$1 million+ per gig
Alternate Titles: Writer, Lyricist
Job Description: A songwriter crafts songs for another Artist in hopes of creating a hit.
Alternate Titles: Vocalist, Pop Star
Job Description: A Singer performs the lead vocals of a song. Although he or she may have a backing band, the Singer is the star of the show.
Recording Group (or Band)
Alternate Titles: Band, Recording Act, Recording Artist
Job Description: Records tracks that are released on albums and as singles.
Salary: The SKY is the Limit!
Alternate Titles: Singer, Studio Singer, Session Vocalist, Vocalist, Background Vocalist, Chorus Member
Job Description: the Background Singer performs solo or with other Singers and Musicians in a recording studio or live performance.
Production Music Writer (TV Music)
Alternate Titles: TV Music Writer, Commercial Music Writer, Film Music Composer, Music Producer, Jingle Writer
Job Description: Writes music that is usually licensed or sold to a Production Music Library. This music is then placed into TV shows, commercials, and films. The music composer generally splits their earnings with the Production Music Library that owns the rights to the music.
Salary: $6,000 to $240,000
Job Description: Composers create musical scores for TV, film, and computer games. They use live musicians and sampling to evoke the intended mood or emotion to mirror what’s happening onscreen.
Salary: $0-$2,000,000+ per film
Alternate Titles: Background Singer, Backing Vocalist, Backup Singer, Studio Vocalist
Job Description: A Session Singer provides vocal accompaniment for a performer either in the studio or onstage.
Alternate Titles: Studio Musician, Backing Musician
Job Description: A Studio Musician performs a backing track for another Musician, while performing onstage or recording in studio.
Salary: Varies widely, can go up to $100,000
Alternate Titles: Show Group, Floor Show Group
Job Description: Entertainment performers who work at hotels, casinos, halls, clubs, and more.
Salary: $250 to $15,000+ Show
Alternate Titles: Bar Band, Tribute Band, Lounge Band
Job Description: Performs music so the audience can dance and have a good time at clubs, bars, casinos, lounges, and schools.
Salary: $250 to $15,000+ Show
Cruise Ship Musician
Alternate Titles: Orchestra Musician, Piano-Vocalist, Guitar-Vocalist, Lounge Band, Cover Band, String Ensemble, Cocktail Pianist, Lounge Duo, Lounge Trio
Job Description: The Cruise Ship Musician works for the cruise line, performing music in several areas of a cruise ship, including its main theatre, various lounges around the ship, and even by the swimming pool areas.
Salary: $24,000 – $54,000+
Alternate Titles: Sound Designer, Sound Engineer, Audio Engineer, Audio Artist, Sound Artist, Creative Sound Designer, Technical Sound Designer
Job Description: Provides audio support for the interactive entertainment industry.
Salary: $40,000 to $120,000+