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Careers in Music Industry Touring, Publicity, Sound, and More.

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

production manager

Production Manager

Alternate Titles: PM, Concert Production Manager

Job Description: Production Managers are responsible for all technical production elements of a live show, including sound, lighting, and staging.

Salary: $1,500 to $8,000 per week

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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+

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Festival Director

Festival Director

Alternate Titles: Festival Producer

Job Description: Festival Directors manage the behind-the-scenes logistics of the festival by working with vendors, city officials and on-site staff.

Salary: $0 to $1,000,000

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Tour Publicist

Tour Publicist

Alternate Titles: Publicist

Job Description: Tour Publicists work to secure regional interviews, show previews and concert reviews for every stop on an artist’s tour.

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

Become a Tour Publicist

Road Crew


Alternate Titles: Road Crew, Event Technician, Production Technician, Guitar Tech, Keyboard Tech, Lighting Engineer, Sound Engineer, FOH Engineer, Monitor Engineer

Job Description: Roadie is the catch-all term for any touring professional in the live music industry. Among other duties, their work may involve engineering sound, programming stage lighting, and tuning guitars.

Salary: $80 to $400 per show

Become a Roadie

Sound Technician

Sound Technician

Alternate Titles: Resident Sound Technician, Audio Technician, Sound Engineer, Live Sound Engineer, Sound Person, FOH Engineer

Job Description: Sets up and uses soundboard and other sound equipment during concerts or performances, ensuring that levels are correct and the sound mix is right.

Salary: $60,000 to $120,000+

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Guitar Technician

Guitar Technician

Alternate Titles: Instrument Tech, Backline, Music Tech

Job Description: Guitar Technicians set up and maintain all stringed instruments while a band is on tour.

Salary: $150 to $700 a show

Become a Guitar Technician

Lighting Technician

Lighting Technician

Alternate Titles: Lighting Tech, Electrical Lighting Technician

Job Description: Lighting Technicians rig lights, set up equipment and create onstage lighting effects to complement a performer’s live show.

Salary: $5000 to $1,000 per week

Become a Lighting Technician

Advance Person

Advance Person

Alternate Titles: Advance Agent

Job Description: 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 materials.

Salary: $25,000 to $48,000

Become an Advance Person

Tour Bus Driver

Tour Bus Driver

Alternate Titles: Tour Driver, Entertainer Coach Driver

Job Description: Tour Bus Drivers drive bands across the country while on tour.

Salary: $30,000 to $80,000+

Become a Tour Bus Driver

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