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How to Find a Job in the Music Industry?

Finding a job in the music industry can be tough, but with the right approach, you can make it happen. Here are some tips to help you get started.

Looking for a job in the music industry? Look no further than this article. We've got the inside scoop on how to get your foot in the door, including tips on networking, gaining experience, building your skills, and more. From internships to online job boards, we'll help you navigate the competitive world of music industry jobs and find the right opportunity for you. So whether you're an aspiring performer or want to work behind the scenes, read on for valuable insights and advice.
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Know What You Want

This advice is not bullshit. Before you start your job search, it’s important to know what type of job you’re looking for. Do you want to be a performer, work in artist management, or focus on production? Understanding your goals and interests will help you narrow your search and focus on the opportunities that are most relevant to you. Remember, it's easier to get where you want to go, if you know where you want to be.

Network, Network, Network

Networking is key in this industry, but there's no need to be a nepo baby to start building a network. You can attend free industry events and conferences, connect with people on social media, and reach out to friends and acquaintances who work in the field. A quick search on Instagram or LinkedIN can reveal peers or contacts who work in companies you want to work for. Don't be afraid to send them a message to set up an informational interview or simply ask about their career and role. The more people you know, the more opportunities you’ll have to learn about job openings and make valuable connections.

Seek Experience. If You Can't Find It, Create It

Experience is often the key to getting your foot in the door in the music industry. Look for internships that can provide you with hands-on experience and help you build your skills and a portfolio. If you want to be an artist manager, seek out opportunities to be a manager assistant or an internship at a music magazine or label. Even if the job isn’t exactly what you want, it can be a valuable stepping stone to something bigger.

If internships have not been easy to reach, then think about how you can create your experience? Sometimes, a hands-on project that reflects your abilities can be as valuable as a resume. Let's say you want to be an artist photographer. There's gotta be at least a few rising artists in your city who could use portraits, or maybe they're trying to film a music video. Reach out, introduce yourself, and ask how you can be part of their projects. Everyone in the industry is always looking to stay up to date, so there's a chance someone could take notice of your work.

Never Stop Learning

This is a hard pill to swallow, but graduating college doesn't mean a short step to your dream job. There are plenty of way to continue building on your skills aside from doing an internship. Take classes or workshops in music production, marketing, or other relevant areas to stay up-to-date and competitive in the job market. If these are not accessible, Youtube and TikTok have a large network of professionals who are willing to give advice and information for free.

Be Persistent, but Be Professional

The music industry can be competitive, so it’s important to be persistent and keep at it even if you face rejection or setbacks. Keep networking, building your skills, and applying for jobs. With time and effort, you’ll find the right opportunity. Just make sure that you handle all communication respectfully. Whether you're working with a rising artist or a senior music manager, always be professional in how you handle feedback and rejection. You never know who could present you with your next opportunity.

Use LinkedIN Wisely

There are many online job boards that are specifically focused on the music industry, but the best thing about LinkedIN is that it allows you to connect with the people that are hiring for the roles you want. A good tip is to go into your dream company and search for available positions (these are updated weekly for large companies!). Often times, the person hiring for the role will be listed on the application. Don't be afraid to reach out to them to let them know you applied. When seeking out coveted positions, being memorable can go a long way.

Be Adaptable and Open to Different Paths

The music industry is constantly evolving, and the path to your dream career may not always be straightforward. Be open to exploring different paths, roles, and opportunities, and be willing to take risks and try new things. Everyone loves someone who can do multiple things and isn't boxed into a single experience. With hard work, determination, and a bit of luck, you can find the right job and build a successful career in the music industry.


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