4 Ways to Get a Job in the Music Industry

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Despite what some people may try to tell you, there's no magic bullet when it comes to getting a job in the music industry. In this day and age, the business is so large and complex, you may have trouble getting noticed. Your best shot at getting your foot in the door is to move to an area where the music industry is a major employer, like Los Angeles, New York City, or Nashville.

But if you're determined to make your mark in your hometown, in addition to hard work and hustle, there are a few ways you can increase your chances of being hired in the music business.

Here are a few suggestions.

1. Create A Job

Many people get their start in the music industry just by doing their own thing. Let's say you want to be a promoter. Don't wait around for a promotion company to hire you. Find some local musicians, arrange a few shows for them, do a good job promoting them, and make connections with other local musicians who want the same treatment.

From there, it's your choice if you want to keep doing the indie thing or if you want to parlay your experience into a good resume to send to a larger promotion company. And yes, this course of action can be repeated for just about any music career.

2. Be Flexible

So let's say in the above example, our promoter can't find any promotion work, and no one in town is playing any music he can convince people to buy a ticket to see. Maybe there's a record store that needs a product buyer for the genre of music you know the best.

That might be your "in."  While working at the record store, you will get to know label reps and people from the local music scene. 

If there's no record store in your town, try finding venues: clubs or concert halls where you could work the door, or tend bar. Music clubs are where the action really happens anyway, so any foot-in-the-door opportunity will introduce you to people you want to make connections with.


3. Get An Internship

Some large music companies make internships available only to college students, but don't think your chances are over if you're not hitting the books. You can find internships that are open to all applicants, of course, but another method that works especially well with indie music companies is to approach them and offer your services. Some companies may have never thought about hiring an intern and may let you come by and make some coffee and stuff some envelopes just to see what it is like. Work hard, pay attention, and this could be your big break.

4. Job Listings

Many music industry jobs are filled through word of mouth, but you can find out about job openings and how to apply on company websites.

Hard work and creativity are required to be successful in the music industry, which may be why those very traits are required to get a foot in the door. Make music industry contacts when you can, never be too proud to get any kind of music industry experience, and be a student of how the business works.

While it's no guarantee you'll land a job, taking these steps will only increase your chances of getting noticed by those who make hiring decisions. 

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