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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: 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+
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+
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+
Website Content Producer
Alternate Titles: Website Content Editor, Website Copywriter
Job Description: Produces content for the record label and artist’s website, writes articles and updates site events.
Salary: $24,000 to $75,000+