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