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Performing & Writing Careers

Nightclub DJ

DJ (Nightclub DJ)

Alternate Titles: DJ, Deejay, Disc Jockey

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: $500 to $1,000+ per night.

Become a DJ (Nightclub DJ)

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Music Producer

Music Producer

Alternate Titles: Beat Maker, Writer

Job Description: Writes and records music to be used by major artists, licensed for television or commercials, or for their own projects.

Salary: $25,000 to $1,000,000

Become a Music Producer

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Rock Star

Rock Star

Alternate Titles: Rocker, Frontman, Frontwoman

Job Description: A Rock Star is the performer in the band who commands the most attention onstage, plays a key part in writing the band’s songs, and serves as the group’s spokesperson.

Salary: $100k-$1 million+ per gig

Become a Rock Star

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Recording Careers

Record Producer

Record Producer

Alternate Titles: Producer, Music Producer

Job Description: Record Producers guide the production of a record by coaching the musicians, advising in preproduction sessions, and directing the in-studio recording and production process.

Salary: $25,000 to $1,000,000+

Become a Record Producer

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music studio

Recording Engineer

Alternate Titles: Audio Engineer

Job Description: A Recording Engineer operates and sets up the recording equipment used to capture and shape the sound of an album.

Salary: $25,000-$150,000

Become a Recording Engineer

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Assistant Engineer

Assistant Engineer

Alternate Titles: Recording Assistant, Mixing Assistant

Job Description: Assists recording professionals in the studio by positioning microphones, prepping mixes, carrying amps, and more.

Salary: $18,000 to $25,000+

Become an Assistant Engineer

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Record Industry Careers

A&R Coordinator

A & R Coordinator

Alternate Titles: A&R Representative, A&R Rep, A&R Staffer, Talent Acquisition Representative

Job Description: A&R Coordinators find fresh talent for a label and oversee the completion of new albums.

Salary: $27,000 to $85,000+

Become an A & R Coordinator

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A&R Administrator

A & R Administrator

Alternate Titles: Artist and Repertoire Administrator, A&R Administration Representative

Job Description: Handles the clerical elements of the A&R Department and maintains the budgets for artists signed to a label by working with accounting & legal personnel.

Salary: $27,000 to $65,000+

Become an A & R Administrator

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Promotion Manager

Promotion Manager

Alternate Titles: Promotion Director, Director of Promotions

Job Description: Develops, implements and directs promotional campaigns for the record label and its artists. They work to get radio airplay and more.

Salary: $27,000 to $95,000+

Become a Promotion Manager

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Music Business Careers

Personal Manager

Personal Manager

Alternate Titles: Artists Representative, Manager, Band Manager

Job Description: Represents musical acts and guides all aspects of an artist’s career.

Salary: 10% to 50% of an artist’s Earnings. Most Managers receive between 10-20%.

Become a Personal Manager

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Booking Agent

Booking Agent

Alternate Titles: Booking Manager, Agent, Booking Representative

Job Description: Booking Agents negotiate deals and plans tours for the artists on their roster.

Salary: $20,000 to $1,000,000+

Become a Booking Agent

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Concert Promoter

Concert Promoter

Alternate Titles: Talent Promoter, Promoter

Job Description: Concert Promoters organize shows by booking talent, securing venues, and marketing their events.

Salary: $0 to $1,000,000+

Become a Concert Promoter

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Music Industry Touring Careers

Tour Manager

Tour Manager

Alternate Titles: Road Manager, Concert Tour Manager

Job Description: A Tour Manager manages transportation, scheduling, and the financial aspects of an artist’s time on the road.

Salary: $25,000-$125,000

Become a Tour Manager

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Tour Coordinator

Tour Coordinator

Alternate Titles: Tour Director

Job Description: Manages financial aspects of touring, including budgeting, reconciling show settlements, and negotiating band, crew, and vendor deals.

Salary: $35,000 to $175,000+

Become a Tour Coordinator

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Publicist

Tour Publicist

Alternate Titles: Music Publicist, Publicist

Job Description: Publicizes tour information to fans and press, handles promotions and press conferences.

Salary: $30,000 to $100,000+

Become a Tour Publicist

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Facility, Arena, & Club Careers

Concert Hall Manager

Concert Hall Manager

Alternate Titles: Theater Manager, Arena Director, Facility Director, Director of Hall Operations, Production/Facilities Manager

Job Description: Manages concert hall, oversees all activities and employees in the venue.

Salary: $26,000 to $90,000+

Become a Concert Hall Manager

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Concert Hall Marketing Director

Concert Hall Marketing Director

Alternate Titles: Director of Marketing, Marketing Manager

Job Description: Coordinates marketing campaigns, oversees public relations and advertising department, develops budgets.

Salary: $25,000 to $100,000+

Become a Concert Hall Marketing Director

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Stage Manager

Stage Manager

Job Description: A Stage Manager makes sure the day-to-day operations of a concert hall or other musical venue run smoothly.

Salary: $24,000 to $75,000

Become a Stage Manager

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Film Music Careers

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

Become a Composer

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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

Become a Production Music Writer

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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

Become a Music Editor

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Music Journalism Careers

Music Journalist

Music Journalist

Alternate Titles: Writer, Journalist, Reporter, Music Critic

Job Description: Music Journalists write music criticism and music news for print, online, and broadcast media.

Salary: $15,000-$30,000+

Become a Music Journalist

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Music Blogger

Music Blogger

Alternate Titles: Music Writer, Music Reporter, Contributor, Staff Writer

Job Description: A Music Blogger writes breaking music news stories to be posted on an online music blog.

Salary: $23,000 to $66,000

Become a Music Blogger

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Music Critic

Music Critic

Alternate Titles: Music Writer

Job Description: Music Critics interview Musicians and review live performances and recorded albums for print or online media outlets.

Salary: $15,000 – $30,000+

Become a Music Critic

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Music Education Careers

Music Teacher

Music Teacher

Alternate Titles: Music Instructor

Job Description: Music Teachers provide instruction in music performance and theory. They can teach one-on-one or in a group setting. Some Teachers specialize in only one instrument, while others instruct pupils in a range of different instruments.

Salary: $30,000-$71,181

Become a Music Teacher

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College, Conservatory or University Music Teacher

College, Conservatory, or University Music Teacher

Alternate Titles: Music Teacher, Professor, Instructor

Job Description: Educates in music theory, history, composition, and/or new advances.

Salary: $32,530 to $122,360

Become a College, Conservatory, or University Music Teacher

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Private Instrument Teacher

Private Instrument Teacher

Alternate Titles: Studio Teacher, Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, Vocal Teacher, Instrument Teacher

Job Description: Instructs and teaches students how to play a specific instrument in a one-on-one or small group setting.

Salary: $30 to $120/hour

Become a Private Instrument Teacher

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Public Relations & Advertising Careers

Publicist

Publicist

Alternate Titles: Press Agent, PR Person, Staff Publicist

Job Description: Creates press kits, writes press releases, and contacts media to secure coverage for artists and albums.

Salary: $25,000 to $150,000+

Become a Publicist

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Public Relations Counselor

Public Relations Counselor

Alternate Titles: Publicist, P.R. Counselor

Job Description: Establishes an artist, company, or musical group’s image, writes press releases, assembles press kits and arranges press conferences.

Salary: $25,000 to $200,000+

Become a Public Relations Counselor

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Radio & Television Music Careers

Program Director

Program Director (PD)

Alternate Titles: P.D., Director of Programs

Job Description: Programs radio format and DJ schedule and selects radio programs.

Salary: $27,000 to $100,000+

Become a Program Director (PD)

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Music Director

Music Director (MD)

Alternate Titles: Radio Music Director, M.D., Director of Music

Job Description: Chooses songs for radio airplay.

Salary: $25,000 to $95,000+

Become a Music Director (MD)

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Radio DJ

Radio DJ (DJ)

Alternate Titles: Radio Co-host, On Air Personality, Radio Personality, DJ

Job Description: A Radio DJ plays music on-air and discusses music, news, or other subjects on the breaks between songs.

Salary: $20,000-$1,000,000+

Become a Radio DJ (DJ)

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Symphony and Orchestra Careers

Conductor

Conductor

Alternate Titles: Chief Conductor, Principle Conductor, Maestro, Music Director

Job Description: Conductors lead orchestras, operas, and other musical ensembles during live performances.

Salary: $15,000-$275,000+

Become a Conductor

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Concertmaster

Concertmaster/Concertmistress

Alternate Titles: Section Leader, 1st Violinist

Job Description: Leads an entire section of the orchestra, performs solos, tunes their section of the orchestra.

Salary: $95,000 to $517,000+

Become a Concertmaster/Concertmistress

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Section Leader

Section Leader

Alternate Titles: Principal Player

Job Description: Leads a section of the orchestra, sometimes supervises rehearsals with the section, and assigns parts to musicians.

Salary: $28,000 to $143,000+

Become a Section Leader

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Church Music Careers

Choir Director

Choir Director

Alternate Titles: Music Director, Minister of Music, Choral Director

Job Description: Coordinates church choir, recruits singers, develops and trains musical talents, and selects music for performances.

Salary: $20,000 to $42,000

Become a Choir Director

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Cantor

Cantor

Alternate Titles: Hazan, Reverend

Job Description: Leads prayers in a synagogue or temple, teaches music, pastoral duties.

Salary: $25,000 to $80,000+

Become a Cantor

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Church Organist

Church Organist

Alternate Titles: Organist, Church Musician

Job Description: Plays the organ at religious services and wedding ceremonies.

Salary: $30,000 to $110,000+

Become a Church Organist

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Music Health Careers

Music Therapist

Music Therapist

Job Description: A Music Therapist works with clients to improve any issues with their emotional, physical, cognitive and social wellbeing through the use of music lessons, sing-a-longs, etc.

Salary: $20,000 to $135,000

Become a Music Therapist

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Voice Therapist

Voice Therapist

Job Description: Works with patients to help them recover from vocal damage and to make positive lifestyle and/or vocal behavior changes.

Salary: $44,940 to $110,000+

Become a Voice Therapist

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Speech Pathologist

Speech Pathologist

Job Description: Works with patients who suffer from speech ailments that affect daily life.

Salary: $57,000 to $75,000+

Become a Speech Pathologist

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Music Industry Merchandising Careers

Music Store Manager

Music Store Manager

Alternate Titles: Store Manager, Music Department Manager, Instrument Manager

Job Description: Manages music shop or music department, buys/sells instruments and equipment.

Salary: $27,000 to $48,000+

Become a Music Store Manager

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Music Store Salesperson

Music Store Salesperson

Alternate Titles: Music Store Salesman

Job Description: Educates consumers on new products and informs on product features, sells music accessories, instruments, supplies and more.

Salary: $13,000 to $50,000+

Become a Music Store Salesperson

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Record Store Manager

Record Store Manager

Alternate Titles: Store Manager, Music Department Manager

Job Description: Manages day-to-day operations, supervises workers, and opens and closes the store.

Salary: $24,000 to $48,000+

Become a Record Store Manager

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Instrument Work & Development

Musical Instrument Builder/Developer

Musical Instrument Builder/Designer

Alternate Titles: Instrument Craftsman, Custom Instrument Builder, Instrument Builder/Designer, Instrument Maker, Luthier

Job Description: Designs and builds instruments, either to be sold at their own shop or for a large instrument manufacturer.

Salary: $15,000 to $65,000+

Become a Musical Instrument Builder/Designer

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Instrument Repair & Restoration Specialist

Instrument Repair and Restoration Specialist

Alternate Titles: Instrument Repair Expert, Instrument Repair Technician

Job Description: Repairs and restores broken or neglected musical instruments.

Salary: $9 to $55+ an hour

Become an Instrument Repair and Restoration Specialist

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Piano Tuner-Technician

Piano Tuner-Technician

Job Description: Piano Technicians tune and repair pianos.

Salary: $19,540 to $59,430

Become a Piano Tuner-Technician

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Other Music Careers

Ethnomusicologist

Ethnomusicologist

Alternate Titles: Cultural Anthropologist, Musicologist, Cultural Analyst, Folklorist

Job Description: Study social and cultural aspects of music and dance in local and global context. Document and research.

Salary: $30,000 to $90,000+

Become an Ethnomusicologist

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Choreographer

Choreographer

Job Description: Choreographers create and teach dances to dancers to perform on stage during concert tours, theatrical performances, or film/TV projects.

Salary: $20,000-$81,000

Become a Choreographer

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Celebrity Bodyguard

Celebrity Bodyguard

Alternate Titles: Bodyguard, Executive Protection Professional, Close Protection Officer, Security Guard

Job Description: Celebrity Bodyguards keep clients safe and happy. They must assess and deter possible threats from stalkers, paparazzi, and even ex-boyfriends (!) while also ensuring that the celebrity is relaxed and receives a high standard of service.

Salary: $25,000 to $500,000+

Become a Celebrity Bodyguard