“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” That is a quote from Confucius. There’s a reason why the title of this article used the term “career” and not “job.” A job is a place where people go just to get a paycheck. A career, on the other hand, is something that allow people to live their passion or dream. Performing in a career doesn't feel like work.
But what if the dream includes working with music or anything pertaining to the music business? One doesn't have to be a musician, songwriter, record producer, or record label executive to work in this field. Videographers, graphic designers, law students, fitness trainers, and any other common workers that benefit music companies and musicians are accepted. Below is a list of 3 ways to find a position in such industry.
Idea #1 – Sign up on a résumé website
Some web visitors browse through résumé sites that list employment opportunities such as monster.com, indeed.com, and simplyhired.com. Among these job listings are companies and venues operating within the entertainment and media industries. For example, those who reside in Cleveland, Ohio can fill out an application on indeed.com and work for Radio One, a company that owns some of the radio stations in the city. Other opportunities can be found on the Linkedin.com social network.
But there are résumé sites designed specifically for the music industry. A&R, account managers, administrative assistants, assistant directors, bookers, musicologists, composers, audio engineers, songwriters, dancers, videographers, financial accountants, and dozens of other occupations are welcomed on music-jobs.com (Americans should visit us.music-jobs.com) and musicgigs.org. These two sites list up-to-date music job openings.
Idea #2 – Move to music-flourishing cities
There are several US cities that are music industry friendly. Many job candidates are not fortunate to live in these areas, but the right amount of drive to succeed and the cash reserve to support their lifestyle in a foreign city may compel them to reside elsewhere. However, it is needed to say that this decision isn't necessary for everybody, and living in one of the cities listed below does not guarantee the desired success.
Here is the list of the most music friendly cities in the U.S. (as noted on the Billboard site):
- Atlanta, Georgia
- Austin, Texas
- Charlotte, North Carolina
- Chicago, Illinois
- Los Angeles, California
- Memphis, Tennessee
- Nashville, Tennessee
- New Orleans, Louisiana
- New York, New York
- Seattle, Washington
Idea #3 – Become an Independent Contractor
The popular alternative to getting a job is for someone to be their own boss. There are countless books and articles written on the subject of becoming an entrepreneur. The requisites for a great business are passion, a well written business plan, and having a marketing plan. Subcontractors can use The Company Corporation or Legal Zoom, to name a few, as their business agent, someone who can file required business documents on behalf of business owners. Entrepreneurs can easily find customers on elance.com and odesk.com.
Musicians and recording artists who need assistance in developing their music and marketing campaign can visit Hot Bird Music, an artist development website designed for independent artists, songwriters, composers, and small record label owners.