World Introvert Day Jan 2nd 2024 👆🏼

For any budding creative thinking of going freelance, and they are extremely passionate about music, naturally, thought turns to what careers are sustainable in music. Even if you don’t have a natural ability to sound like Jimi Hendrix or Rachmaninoff doesn’t preclude you from the many other options out there. The fact is, if you’ve got a passion for music, there is an approach for you.

A&R Representative

Short for “artist and repertoire”. If you have your finger firmly on the pulse, then you could work towards scouting for talent for a record company. If you really want to go down this route, it’s advisable that you get a degree in communications or PR, as there is a lot of the business side to contend with.

Legal Representation

If you have a background in law, and you find it to be thoroughly uninspiring, there are many ways of getting into music law. Because performers and concert promoters need the expertise to represent them, entertainment lawyers can look over contracts, arrange deals, and liaise with the artists directly to ensure that they escape from veritable hot water. On the other hand, if you have a background in accountancy, this is just as important, especially as financial managers need to keep a close eye on numerous aspects of the budget.

Starting Your Own Record Label

Some like to be on the peripheries of the music industry, and others want to be involved in every single aspect. Arguably, running your own record label requires so many financial and business-oriented components, not to mention dealing with the artists directly, starting your own record label can be the perfect way to cover all bases. A lot of people start their own record label so they can put the music they love out there, but when we have a passion for the music industry, we have to remember there are some aspects that we greatly underestimate. It’s not all about the high life and the music! We’ve got to put in the work that underpins all of this.

Technician

Touring professionals like sound technicians, special effects operators, or musical instrument technicians are generally considered to be part of the “roadie” category. The life of a roadie is a very unsociable one, which has a lot of traveling, but if you like the idea of the open road, and working late nights to ensure that the shows go off with a bang, this could be the option for you.

And let’s not forget the other areas that can provide us with a musical outlet, not just journalists or music writers, but music therapy is a very creative career that’s very popular in artistic sectors. On the other hand, if you have a passion for live music and you want to see more of it, you may consider setting up your own music festival. And while anyone that’s seen the Fyre documentary may think twice, it’s certainly an option for those that are interested in the business side of things. Ultimately, there are many options within the music industry; it’s not just about the musicians themselves!