A career in music offers a wide variety of different roles – from flexible freelance roles to permanent employment contracts. There are highly creative roles, as well as roles which draw more on communication, business skills, accuracy and technical skills. UK Music’s Careers website is a good place to start. Some of the more popular roles available are listed below:
Jobs in Music
- Music publisher – use the UK Music Publishers Association to find out more. Popular graduate schemes and internships include those with Universal Music UK and Warner Music UK.
- Concert promoter – expect to setup advertising campaigns, be responsible for initial start-up funds, organise talent, maximize ticket sales and attract talent to venues. If you are working with radio formats, you may be expected to generate press and audience buzz that corresponds with major music releases.
- Licensing and merchandising – Licensing managers typically work for record labels that handle the licenses for multiple different artists. They find companies that might be interested in using a particular artist’s work and then convince the company that the work is a good fit for the project in question. The licensing manager is also responsible for negotiating the contract and collecting the fees for use of the song.
- Recording engineer, mixer or producer – these technical roles usually require further training and practical experience working as an assistant. Assistant engineers spend all their time in the studio alongside the main recording engineer, available if the engineer needs last-minute adjustments in the studio or help working with the client.
- A&R (Artist & Repertoire) specialist – responsible for scouting new talent, signing it to a label and then overseeing all aspects of the process that leads up to the delivery of all finished recordings.
- Music therapy – usually requires further training and qualifications. Useful guides available on the Prospects website and National Careers Service.
- Music industry lawyer – read our Solicitor or Barrister webpage.
- Music marketing / PR specialist – see our occupational information on Advertising, Marketing and PR for more careers advice.