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Music Business Careers

You make things happen. You're a mover and shaker. You bridge the gap from artist to record-buying public. Sound like fun? Get an insider view of the careers that make up the music business.
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Record Producer

Record Producer

Record Producers guide the production of a record by coaching the musicians, advising in pre-production sessions, and directing the in-studio recording and production process. Learn More Avg. Salary: $68,168 Salary Range: $41K - $105K Alt Titles: Producer, Music Producer
A&R Coordinator

A&R Coordinator

A&R Coordinators find fresh talent for a label and oversee the completion of new albums. Learn More Avg. Salary: $43,118 Salary Range: $36K-$68K Alt Titles: A&R Representative, A&R Rep, A&R Staffer
Field Merchandiser

Field Merchandiser

Distributes merchandise and promotional materials to retailers and wholesale departments. Learn More Avg. Salary: $29,649 Salary Range: $22K-$43K Alt Titles: Merchandising Representative, Field Representative
Intern

Intern

Learns the ropes at a music business organization through administrative support and assistance on projects. Learn More Avg. Salary: $12.88 hourly Salary Range: $7.25-$30.15 hourly Alt Titles: None
A&R Administrator

A&R Administrator

Negotiates terms to secure rights to songs, masters tracks, delivers songs to DSPs, and ensures projects are under budget. Learn More Avg. Salary: $37,830 Salary Range: $33K - $45K Alt Titles: A&R Administration Representative
Artist Relations and Development Representative

Artist Relations and Development Representative

Artist Relations and Development Representatives work with artists to cultivate and develop their careers, both artistically and financially. Learn More Avg. Salary: $45,276 Salary Range: $29K-$75K Alt Titles: Artist Relations, Development Staffer, Artist Development Rep, Product Development
Music Marketing Representative

Music Marketing Representative

Implements surveys for specific market analysis, and briefs radio stations and trade magazines on record sales. Learn More Avg. Salary: $50,207 Salary Range: $36K-$106K Alt Titles: Marketing Rep, Marketer, Marketing Staffer
Consumer Researcher

Consumer Researcher

Surveys consumer methods of purchasing, while analyzing and formulating consumer purchasing strategies. Learn More Avg. Salary: $61,857 Salary Range: $40K-$101K Alt Titles: Market Analyst, Market Researcher
Campus Representative

Campus Representative

Promotes a label’s artists through social media, online marketing campaigns, and organizing campus-area events. Learn More Avg. Salary: $26,827 Salary Range: $23K-$34K Alt Titles: College Marketing Representative, College Representative, Campus Rep
music web designer

Music Web Designer

Learn More Avg. Salary: $55,810 Salary Range: $40K - $79K Alt Titles: None
Website Marketing Manager

Website Marketing Manager

Establishes a presence on the internet, markets and promotes the label and its artists, maintains and develops web campaigns, creates partnerships on the web and maintains publicity and press. Learn More Avg. Salary: $75,794 Salary Range: $52K - $108K Alt Titles: Internet Marketing Director, Website Marketer, Internet Advertising Representative, Digital Marketing Manager
Website Content Producer

Website Content Producer

Produces content for the record label and artist’s website, writes articles and updates site events. Learn More Avg. Salary: $64,973 Salary Range: $39K - $96K Alt Titles: Website Content Editor, Website Copywriter
Personal Manager

Personal Manager

Works with artists, providing career direction, artist representation, marketing strategies, and help with merchandising and sponsorships. Learn More Avg. Salary: $51,459 Salary Range: $35K-$92K Alt Titles: Artists Representative, Manager, and Manager
Booking Agent

Booking Agent

Booking Agents negotiate deals and plans tours for the artists on their roster. Learn More Avg. Salary: $38,413 Salary Range: $27K-$61K Alt Titles: Booking Manager, Agent, Booking Representative
Concert Promoter

Concert Promoter

Concert Promoters organize shows by booking talent, securing venues, and marketing their events. Learn More Avg. Salary: $78,553 Salary Range: $28K-$187K Alt Titles: Talent Promoter, Promoter
Music Publisher

Music Publisher

Signs Songwriters to write demos, then pitches these demos to artists and labels as possible cuts on their records. They also pitch recordings for use in film, TV, and commercials. Learn More Avg. Salary: $53,965 Salary Range: $45K-$63K Alt Titles: Publisher
Professional Manager

Professional Manager

Pitches musical compositions to labels and artists for performance and recording. Learn More Avg. Salary: Salary Range: $20,000 to $64,590+ Alt Titles: None
Business Manager

Business Manager

Handles all personal and business related financial needs of music business clients, including taxes, tour budgets, investment strategy, and contract negotiation. Learn More Avg. Salary: $78,635 Salary Range: $50K-$119K Alt Titles: Account Manager
Entertainment Attorney

Entertainment Attorney

Entertainment Attorneys handle all legal matters for musicians. This includes contractual agreements, negotiating, advice, and counseling. Learn More Avg. Salary: $117,567 Salary Range: $77K-$186K Alt Titles: Music Attorney, Lawyer, Attorney
Advance Person

Advance Person

The Advance Person travels to each city on a tour, days or weeks before the band and crew arrive, in order to quality-check facilities, accommodations, and promotional material. Learn More Avg. Salary: Salary Range: $25,000 - $48,000 Alt Titles: Advance Agent
Recording Artist Website Content Producer

Recording Artist Website Content Producer

Produces content for the record label and artist’s website, writes articles and updates site events. Learn More Avg. Salary: $68,168 Salary Range: $41K - $105K Alt Titles: Website Content Manager, Website Content Editor
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Music Business Accountant

Music Business Accountants advise and work with musicians and music industry companies on financial matters. Learn More Avg. Salary: $59,317 Salary Range: $44K-$79K Alt Titles: Accountant, Tour Accountant, Music Specialist Accountant, Entertainment Accountant
Marketing Coordinator

Marketing Coordinator

A Marketing Coordinator handles tour, retail, and digital marketing opportunities for a record label and its artists. Learn More Avg. Salary: $50,886 Salary Range: $38K-$67K Alt Titles: Marketing & Promotions Coordinator
Licensing Representative

Licensing Representative

Licensing Representatives pitch music in their catalog for use in film, TV, commercials, movie trailers, and video games. Learn More Avg. Salary: $38,431 Salary Range: $28K-$53K Alt Titles: Licensing Consultant, Music Licensing Coordinator
Poster Artist

Poster Artist

Poster Artists design show posters for artists and music/lifestyle companies like record stores and concert venues. Learn More Avg. Salary: $45,276 Salary Range: $29K-$75K Alt Titles: Poster Designer, Screenprinter, Illustrator
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