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A&R Administrator sitting at desk with headphones around his neck

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
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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
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An Accompanist (or Collaborative Pianist) is a Pianist who accompanies Singers, Dancers, and Instrumentalists for performances and rehearsals. Learn More Avg. Salary: $34,045 Salary Range: $33K-$35K Alt Titles: Collaborative Pianist, Accompanyist
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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 Salary Range: $25,000 - $48,000 Alt Titles: Advance Agent
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Album Cover Designer

Album Cover Designers create cover art and layout for LPs and CDs based off an artist or label’s design ideas. Learn More Avg. Salary: $45,677 Salary Range: $33K-$66K Alt Titles: Record Designer, Cover Artist/Illustrator, Graphic Artist
Arranger writing notes on sheet music


An Arranger reworks an existing musical composition for a live performance or studio recording, adapting the instrumentation, vocals, and harmonic, rhythmic, and melodic elements to create a new... Learn More Avg. Salary: $54,400 Salary Range: $40K-$60K Alt Titles: Market Adapter, Transcriber, Music Arranger
Artist Relations Development Rep hanging out with the musicians he represents in their rehearsal space

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
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Assistant Engineer

Assists recording professionals in the studio by positioning microphones, prepping mixes, carrying amps, and more. Learn More Avg. Salary: $61,645 Salary Range: $46K - $90K Alt Titles: Recording Assistant, Mixing Assistant
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Audio Engineer

Audio engineers help to produce recordings and live performances. They select and set up audio recording gear and sound reinforcement equipment to get the sound the musicians and audiences want. After... Learn More Avg. Salary: $54,740 Salary Range: $24,930 to $86,890 Alt Titles: Sound Engineer, Recording Engineer
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Background Singer

The Background Singer performs solo or with other singers and musicians in a recording studio or live performance. Learn More Avg. Salary: $44,346 Salary Range: $18K-$101K Alt Titles: Singer, Studio Singer, Session Vocalist, Vocalist, Background Vocalist, Chorus Member
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