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Music Industry Touring Careers

There's nothing more thrilling than traveling from city-to-city to give an audience the time of their lives. Discover the many behind-the-scenes roles that bring live music to a stage near you.
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Sound technician working on the mixing console in large concert arena

Sound Technician

Sets up and uses soundboard and other sound equipment during concerts or performances, ensuring that levels are correct and the sound mix is right. Learn More Avg. Salary: $41,129 Salary Range: $25K - $69K Alt Titles: Resident Sound Technician, Audio Technician, Sound Engineer, Live Sound Engineer, FOH Engineer
Roadie watching the band from backstage

Roadie

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. Learn More Avg. Salary: $34,242 Salary Range: $23K - $51K Alt Titles: None
Production manager checking out band's setup on outdoor concert stage

Production Manager

Production Managers are responsible for all technical production elements of a live show, including sound, lighting, and staging. Learn More Avg. Salary: $70,773 Salary Range: $47K - $103K Alt Titles: PM, Concert Production Manager
Musical gear in flight boxes on outdoor concert stage

Stage Manager

A Stage Manager makes sure the day-to-day operations of a concert hall or other musical venue run smoothly. Learn More Avg. Salary: $54,000 Salary Range: $29K - $67K Alt Titles: None
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Tour Manager

A Tour Manager manages transportation, scheduling, and the financial aspects of an artist’s time on the road. Learn More Avg. Salary: $54,317 Salary Range: $46K - $71K Alt Titles: Road Manager, Concert Tour Manager
Tour Coordinator watching a live concert from the back of the room

Tour Coordinator

Manages financial aspects of touring, including budgeting, reconciling show settlements, and negotiating band, crew, and vendor deals. Learn More Avg. Salary: $37,407 Salary Range: $26K - $45K Alt Titles: Tour Director
Tour publicist closing a deal on the phone in her office

Tour Publicist

Tour Publicists work to secure regional interviews, show previews and concert reviews for every stop on an artist’s tour. Learn More Avg. Salary: $47,139 Salary Range: $35K - $64K Alt Titles: Publicist
Advance Person checking the tour schedule in his office

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
Male Tour Bus Driver standing outside a coach bus

Tour Bus Driver

Tour Bus Drivers drive bands across the country while on tour. Learn More Avg. Salary: $27,755 Salary Range: $20K - $39K Alt Titles: Tour Driver, Entertainer Coach Driver
Guitar Technician tuning up guitar in closeup shot

Guitar Technician

Guitar Technicians set up and maintain all stringed instruments while a band is on tour. Learn More Avg. Salary: $52,167 Salary Range: $35K-$79K Alt Titles: Instrument Tech, Backline, usic Tech
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Lighting Technician

Lighting Technicians rig lights, set up equipment and create onstage lighting effects to complement a performer’s live show. Learn More Avg. Salary: $58,280 Salary Range: $50K-$68K Alt Titles: Lighting Tech, Electrical Lighting Technician
Tattooed Booking Agent in eyeglasses looking at laptop screen while working in modern working space

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 on his laptop at a bar

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
Festival Director with festival attendees at outdoor concert

Festival Director

Festival Directors manage the behind-the-scenes logistics of the festival by working with vendors, city officials and on-site staff. Learn More Avg. Salary: $151,104 Salary Range: $149K-$153 Alt Titles: Festival Producer
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