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Record Industry Careers
Careers in the Record Industry. Artist Discovery, Publicity, Development and More.
Director of A & R
Alternate Titles: A&R Director, A&R Manager, A&R Executive, A&R
Job Description: The Director of A&R finds new artists, matches them with musical collaborators, and oversees the musical direction of the label.
Salary: $27,000 to $175,000+
A & R Coordinator
Alternate Titles: A&R Representative, A&R Rep, A&R Staffer
Job Description: A&R Coordinators find fresh talent for a label and oversee the completion of new albums.
Salary: $27,000 to $85,000+
A & R Administrator
Alternate Titles: A&R Administration Representative
Job Description: Negotiates terms to secure rights to songs, masters tracks, delivers songs to DSPs, and ensures projects are under budget.
Salary: $27,000 to $65,000+
Alternate Titles: GM, Label Manager
Job Description: General Managers are the decisionmakers at a label, overseeing aspects of an album’s creation such as marketing, budgeting, distribution, and promotional shoots.
Salary: $38,000 to $200,000+
Alternate Titles: Radio Promotion Manager, Record Promoter, Radio Promoter, Director of Radio Promotions
Job Description: Promotion Managers serve as the head of the radio promotions department and are in charge of netting radio airplay for the label’s artists.
Salary: $27,000 to $95,000+
Alternate Titles: Record Promoter, Radio Promoter
Job Description: Works to get radio airplay for a label’s artists and sets up any on-air performances or promotional giveaways.
Salary: $27,000 to $65,000+
Director of Publicity
Alternate Titles: PR Director, Publicity Director, Director of Publicity and Press Relations
Job Description: Oversees the Publicity Department at record labels and is responsible for formulating and managing publicity campaigns.
Salary: $35,000 to $100,000+
Alternate Titles: Press Agent, Flack Agent
Job Description: Work to make sure artists and record labels are represented positively to the general public. Also arranges press kits, campaigns, and more.
Salary: $25,000 to $200,000+
Artist Relations and Development Representative
Alternate Titles: Artist Relations, Development Staffer, Artist Development Rep, Product Development
Job Description: Artist Relations and Development Representatives work with artists to cultivate and develop their careers, both artistically and financially.
Salary: $25,000 to $65,000+
Album Cover Designer
Alternate Titles: Record Designer, Cover Artist/Illustrator, Graphic Artist
Job Description:Album Cover Designers create cover art and layout for LPs and CDs based off an artist or label’s design ideas.
Salary: Varies widely, can go up to $150,000+
Alternate Titles: Licensing Consultant, Music Licensing Coordinator
Job Description: Licensing Representatives pitch music in their catalog for use in film, TV, commercials, movie trailers, and video games.
Salary: $20,000 to $60,000
Sales and Marketing Manager
Alternate Titles: Marketing Manager
Job Description: Oversees all aspects of marketing albums, including publicity and radio promotions. Also works with digital and physical distributors to ensure songs and albums are available for purchase.
Salary: $35,000 to $85,000+
Alternate Titles: Marketing & Promotions Coordinator
Job Description: A Marketing Coordinator handles tour, retail, and digital marketing opportunities for a record label and its artists.
Salary: $38,725 to $61,000
Music Marketing Representative
Alternate Titles: Marketing Rep, Marketer, Marketing Staffer
Job Description: Implements surveys for specific market analysis, and briefs radio stations and trade magazines on record sales.
Salary: $27,000 to $50,000+
Alternate Titles: Market Analyst, Market Researcher
Job Description: Surveys consumer methods of purchasing, while analyzing and formulating consumer purchasing strategies.
Salary: $25,000 to $47,000+
Record Industry Advertising Account Executive
Alternate Titles: Account Representative
Job Description: Implements record label advertising campaigns.
Salary: $31,000 to $65,000+
Record Company Salesperson
Alternate Titles: Sales Representative, Sales Rep
Job Description: Work to sell the label’s albums and merchandise.
Salary: $30,000 to $50,000+
Alternate Titles: Merchandising Representative, Field Representative
Job Description: Distributes merchandise and promotions to retailers and wholesale departments.
Salary: $27,000 to $42,000+
Alternate Titles: None
Job Description: Learns the ropes at a music business organization through administrative support and assistance on projects.
Salary: $0 to $3,000+ (Credits)
Alternate Titles: College Marketing Representative, College Representative, Campus Rep
Job Description: Promotes a label’s artists through social media, online marketing campaigns, and organizing campus-area events.
Salary: $2,000 to $7,000+
Social Media Manager
Alternate Titles: Community Manager
Job Description: Social Media Managers write and schedule content for an artist or music company’s social pages. They also interact with fans and provide customer service on the social sites they manage.
Salary: $40,000 to $70,000
Music Web Designer
Alternate Titles: Front End Developer, Web Developer, Web Admin, Webmaster
Job Description: Web Designers use their creative skills to design the look and feel of websites for record labels and artists.
Salary: $28,000 to $150,000+
Website Marketing Manager
Alternate Titles: Internet Marketing Director, Website Marketer, Internet Advertising Representative
Job Description: Establishes a presence on the internet, markets and promotes the label and its artists, maintains and develops web campaigns, creates partnerships on the web, maintains publicity and press.
Salary: $24,000 to $55,000+