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10 Jobs In The Music Industry That Actually Pay

So you know you’ve wanted a job in the music industry, but your dreams of making a billion dollars as the front man of a rock band isn’t quite panning out? Check out some alternative careers in the music industry that actually pay.

1. Music Therapist

A music therapists uses music as a tool to heal those who have trouble communicating otherwise. The therapist provides a treatment that may consist of creating, singing, moving to music or performing music for the client to sooth and as a form of treatment.

2. Music Journalist

You may be a stellar guitarist or singer, but playing shows night after night for little pay doesn’t pay the bills. If you also have a knack for writing, being a music journalist may be your calling. Stay on top of fresh news, media topics and cutting edge information that will keep your audience’s attention with your knack for writing within the music industry.

3. Music Blogger

This goes right along the lines of music journalist pairing your love for music and talent for writing. Music bloggers are experienced writers with knowledge of online platforms, trending news in the music industry and creating digital content to drive traffic to websites leading online sales for companies in the industry.

4. A&R Representative

A&R is the abbreviation for Artists and Repertoire. This department of a record label or music industry company is in charge of scouting for talented individuals and developing recording artists. The A&R Rep usually is a middle man between artist and larger record label or other industry contacts helping lead the way once a relationship has been established.

5. Music Critic

A music critic is in charge of coming up with an opinion based on a musical performance, recording, act or anything to do with the music industry. Often after coming up with this opinion the critic is also presenting a review of their opinion.

6. Music Director

The main person in charge of organizing the department of music at a school, university or of an ensemble or institution. You may also be in charge of music at a radio station, or the main contact for an active recording artist.

7. Studio Manager

Organizes the daily to dos at a recording studio.  The studio manager is the point of contact for the music manager who is putting together the studio time for the artist, maintaining the integrity of the studio and it’s employees and making sure everything is professionally done at the studio.

8. Instrument Repair/Technician

Repairing instruments for musicians. This job can also take you on the road with popular touring artists to make sure each instrument is in perfect working condition between shows and between sets.

9. Ethnomusicologist

An ethnomusicologist studies music and how it relates to cultures. This is the study of how music affects it’s audience on a cultural level, the how, why, when and where.

10. Private Music Teacher

Pass along your skills as a musician to someone who would love to learn your specific instrument. Teaching private music lessons is a great way to make some freelance income and have more control of your own schedule. You choose how many students you choose to take on, and can come up with your own style that you specialize in. Want to focus on writing pop songs? Why not? Is classical piano your thing? Go for it.

About the Author:

Kati O'Toole has been the Head of Production at for 10 years. StudioPros is the leading online recording studio. She leads a team of world class session musicians, engineers and producers to help independent artists get their music professional produced.

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