Many people will be aware of the top musicians and bands in the music industry, although this tends to be only the tip of the iceberg as far a careers in the profession are concerned. There are a variety of opportunities available for those looking at careers in music, and the following are some of the options to consider for those with an interest in entering the industry.
A & R Coordinator
All record labels need bands and singers and the main role of the A&R Coordinator is to find new acts which can be signed to a contract. This can be done in a variety of ways from listening to demos or watching videos sent in by singers, to visiting clubs, bars and musical showcase events to watch new talent perform live. They can also look to established acts at other labels whose contracts are coming to an end, or can sound them out about leaving their existing label. However, looking for new acts to sign is not the only role for the A&R Coordinator, and they can also be responsible for finding songs for the acts at their record company who don’t write their own material, and may also play a part in finding producers for the acts to record the music.
A Recording Engineer works in a studio, and is the person responsible for managing the sound board and other equipment. They will typically liaise with the act and the producer to gain an understanding of how they want a particular song to sound, and will have overall control of setting up the equipment to achieve this during the recording process. Typically producing a final song will take more than one recording, and the recording engineer has the job of mixing, working with and adjusting the recordings to produce the finished song in the manner in which the artist and producer are looking for.
Recording Studio Receptionist
Working as a recording studio receptionist is one of the good entry level careers in music. The job can have a range of responsibilities, including administration duties such as dealing with the studio correspondence and fielding the phone calls. A studio receptionist can also be responsible for scheduling and coordinating the bookings for the facility, as well as greeting and showing around the musicians, producers and record company executives that visit. It can be a good way to gain an understanding of the technical side of producing music for those that are willing to learn, with this being the reason why it is considered a good entry level position.
Record Company Marketing Representative
A marketing representative at a record company is the member of staff with responsibility for getting the acts and their music noticed, with the aim of getting the public to buy their records. This typically involves putting together campaigns and strategies which can involve displays in record stores, getting the music played on radio stations and arranging publicity events with the band or singer. They are also responsible for keeping in contact with stores in their area of operation to ensure they have enough products to cope with demand, and may also collect sales reports to identify how well a particular recording is doing.
Many bands and singers will play live tours, especially when they become successful enough to draw in the crowds. A road manager is the person responsible for getting the act, their equipment and any other requirements to a particular location on time to successfully perform a concert. This involves the transportation of the act to rehearsals, concerts and media events, the transportation and setting up of sound and lighting equipment, and liaising with the concert promoters and venue managers. They are also responsible for dealing with any problems which may crop up along the way to ensure the tour remains on track and is successfully completed.
A music producer is the individual that works with an act to record songs in the studio. They are typically responsible for all aspects of the recording process from finding a studio, to arranging adequate studio time and working with the recording engineer to ensure that the sound a band or singer is aiming for is achieved. A music producer typically works closely with an act through the recording process to ensure that this is successfully completed. Typically they will need to have musical knowledge as well as the technical knowledge of the recording process to enable them to liaise with studio personnel to get the sound their act is looking for. Their role is one of the more important careers in music in terms of producing finished songs and albums.
Disc Jockeys typically work for local and national radio stations, presenting shows to the listening public. They generally need to have engaging personalities to capture the attention of listeners, and can have an important role in the music industry in terms of introducing the public to new acts and music. They will typically work with a music director to choose the records for their show, and those that are most successful can become stars in their own right, with many also hosting events at clubs and bars.
The music industry encompasses many different professions and this includes options for musicians and non-musicians. Some of the options available are shown above, and for anyone looking to enter the industry, these are some of the careers in music to consider.