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Film Music Careers

Careers in Writing Music to TV, Music Editing, Composing, Film Music Supervision, and More.

Composer

Composer

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

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Music Video Director

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

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Production Music Writer

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

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Music Supervisor

Music Supervisor

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

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Music Editor

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

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Licensing Representative

Licensing Representative

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

Become a Licensing Representative

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