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Film Music Careers
Careers in Writing Music to TV, Music Editing, Composing, Film Music Supervision, and More.
Alternate Titles: Melodist, Symphonist
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
Music Video Director
Alternate Titles: Director
Job Description: Directs the action and leads the film crew on a video shoot to realize his or her creative vision for the video.
Salary: $1,000 to $400,000
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: Music Supervisors find and license music in order to set the mood and convey emotion in a film, commercial, video game, or TV show.
Salary: $2,000 to $500,000 per project
Alternate Titles: Film Music Editor
Job Description: Mixes, edits, and syncs music to film. Serves as the technical and creative liaison between the Composer and filmmakers.
Salary: $1,000 to $5,000 per week
Alternate Titles: Licensing Consultant, Music Licensing Coordinator
Job Description: Licensing Representatives pitch music in their catalog for use in film, TV, commercials, movie trailers, and video games.
Salary: $20,000 to $60,000