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MUSIC PERFORMING & WRITING JOBS

DJ

Alternate Titles: Disc Jockey, Nightclub DJ

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 free drink tickets to $1,000,000+!

TV Music Producer

Alternate Titles: Stock Music Writer, Royalty Free Music Writer

Job Description: Writes music in all styles that is used in productions such as TV shows, commercials, and video games.
Salary: $5,000 to $200,000+

Band or Recording Group

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!

Show Band

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+ per Show

Dance/Cover Band

Alternate Titles: Bar 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+ per Show

Session Musician

Alternate Titles: Studio Musicians, Session Player, Sideman, Freelance Musician

Job Description: Plays background music for a recording artist in a studio setting.
Salary: $15,000 to $100,000+

Background Singer

Alternate Titles: Singer, Studio Singer, Vocalist, Background Singer, Chorus Member, Jingle Singer

Job Description: Sings solo or with other singers/musicians in a recording studio or live performance.
Salary: N/A

Songwriter

Alternate Titles: Composer, Lyricist, Writer

Job Description: Writes lyrics, music, or both. Written material is sold and/or pitched to established musical groups or performers.
Salary: $1,500 to $1,000,000+

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

Audio Designer

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: $32,500 to $110,500