As the musical job market expands now is the time to learn or develop relevant skills


For many years the music industry seemed to be locked down pretty tight, with thousands fighting over the rare opportunities that were made public. Meanwhile music graduates tended to filter off into other disciplines of work on the back of transferable skills, and all but the most determined or incredibly lucky musicians, who refused to simply ‘enjoy playing music as a hobby’.

The good news is that in recent times things have changed dramatically.

Triggers for new musical opportunities

The world of modern music is no longer owned and tightly controlled by a limited number of music moguls and big name recording studios.

Prompted perhaps by factors such as the switch from accessing music on vinyl to digital downloads, the abundance of music sharing sites and online video platforms, a revival of interest in classical music,  and the popularity of TV shows where ordinary people have the chance to carve out a career as a singer.

Whatever the reasons behind it there’s no denying that the expanding number of opportunities in the business makes this the perfect time for those who have the drive and interest to either develop or to expand their musical skills and pursue a career in the wonderful world of music.

Typical music industry or music related job opportunities

These include:

  •         Songwriter
  •         Composer
  •         Conductor
  •         Music producer
  •         Music teacher
  •         Music therapist
  •         Backing singer
  •         Theatre production singer
  •         Session singer
  •         DJ (radio or club)
  •         Record producer
  •         Booking agent
  •         Talent scout/booker
  •         Vocalist
  •         Music producer
  •         Music director
  •         Orchestra player
  •         Program director
  •         Record label developer/owner
  •         Wedding singer
  •         Voice artist (singing on commercials, or subbing your voice for an actor on film who can’t sing.)
  •         Street artist

Plus don’t forget the jobs that are still music-centred but use additional skills, such as

  •         Sales assistant in a music shop
  •         Lawyer or accountant in the music industry
  •         Production crew member/roadie
  •         TV production team roles on music channels
  •         Instrument repair work
  •         Music festival staff member or organizer
  •         Voice coach
  •         Private tutor (Teaching people to play instruments)
  •         Journalist or writer on the music scene
  •         Marketing and promotion work for music related businesses and clients
  •         Social media platform work related to clubs, or the general music scene
  •         Life coaching musicians and those in the wider industry
  •         Sound engineer

There are endless opportunities these days to pursue work, or develop a career, which makes use of, and the most out of your passion for music or your musical ability. Don’t  stop to put limits on what you believe is possible, instead explore the options and set realistic goals to help you reach for the opportunities you feel most drawn to.

After all, somebody has to fill these roles so why shouldn’t it be you?

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