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There are many career choices available to you as a musician. The following is a list of inspirations.

Expressive Careers

  • Songwriter
  • Lyricist
  • Librettist
  • Composer
    • Show Music
    • Educational Materials
    • Children’s Music
    • Classical Music
    • Liturgical Music
    • Film
    • Video Game
    • Television
    • Advertising
      • Jingle writer
      • Advertising composer
  • Foley Artist
  • Arranger-Orchestrator
  • Music Editor
  • Music copyist/Transcriber

 

Performing Careers

  • Singer/Vocalist
    • Solo
    • Vocal Group
    • Background Vocalist
  • Instrumentalist
    • Soloist
    • Session Musician
    • Recording Group (a Band)
    • Floor Show Group
    • Dance Band
    • Cruise Ship Musician
    • Accompanist
    • Collaborative Pianist (Musician)
    • Street Performer/Busker
    • Wedding Musician
    • Military Bands
    • Pit Orchestra Musician

 

Church Music

  • Choir/Music Director (Worship Leader)
  • Cantor
  • Organist

 

Symphonies, Orchestras, Operas, Etc.

  • Conductor
  • Concertmaster/Concertmistress
  • Section Leader
  • Section Member
  • Opera Singer
  • Managing Director
  • Orchestra Manager
  • Business Manager
  • Director of Development
  • Director of Public Relations
  • Subscriptions and Ticket Service Director
  • Director of Educational Activities
  • Personnel Director
  • Orchestral Music Librarian

 

Teaching Careers

  • Studio Pedagogy (Private Teacher)
  • School Music Educator
    • Preschool
    • Elementary
    • Secondary
      • Band Director
      • Choir Director
  • Music Education Supervisor (Administration)
  • College/University Instructor (Professor)
    • Ethnomusicologist
    • Historian
    • Theory
    • Aural Skills
  • Opera Coach
  • Music Librarian
  • Music Therapist
  • Vocal Therapist
  • Performance Coach
  • Adjudicator
  • Clinician
  • Lecture/Speaker
    • Schools
    • Media
    • Cruise ships
    • Community

 

Recording

  • Record Producer
  • Recording Engineer & Mixer
  • Recording Studio Set-Up Worker
  • Mastering Engineer
  • Studio Owner
  • Recording Studio Manager
  • Production Assistant/Project Coordinator

 

The Record Business

  • Chief Operating Officer (Major Record Label)
  • President/General Manager
  • Chief Operating Officer
  • A & R Coordinator/Administrator/Talent Scout
  • Creative Service and Video
  • Marketing And Artist Development Director
  • Promotion Manager
  • Promotion Staffer
  • Director of Publicity and Media Relations
  • Staff Publicist
  • Relations and Development Representative
  • Talent Scout
  • Production Manager (Independent Label)
  • Consumer Researcher
  • Advertising Account Executive
  • Regional Sales Manager
  • Salesperson
  • Field Merchandiser
  • Campus Representative
  • Webmaster
  • Web Site Marketing Manager
  • Web Site Content Producer

 

Broadcasting/Film/Video Game Careers

  • Radio Broadcasting
  • Film/TV Broadcasting
  • Program Director
  • Music Director
    • Radio
    • Television
  • Disc Jockey (On-Air Personality)
  • Video Jockey
  • Music Video/Music Special Producer-Director
  • Video Game Scorer/Audio Programmer
  • Music Software Developer
  • Music Website (online) Programming
  • Streamers
  • Advertising Jingle Writer
  • Film, Television, and Advertising Licensing
  • Film Music Director
  • Director Creative Services (Production Coordinator)
  • Copyright Administration and Licensing
  • Music Supervisor
  • Music Editor

 

On The Road

  • Tour Coordinator
  • Road Manager
  • Tour Publicist
  • Production (Set and Lighting) Designer and Director
  • Sound Technician
  • Instrument Technician
  • Advance Person
  • Ticket Sales Manager/Agent
  • Rehearsal and Storage Facility Manager

 

Intermediaries / The Business End of the Industry

  • Artist Manager
  • Arts Administrator/Arts management
  • Personal Manager
  • Booking Agent
  • Talent Scout
  • Recruiter for Talent Agencies
  • Concert Promoter
  • Music Publisher
    • Chief Executive Officer
    • President
    • Vice President/General Manager
    • International Music Publishing
    • International Administration
    • Creative Services
    • Song Plugger
    • Library Manager
    • Tape Room Manager
  • Music Programmer (for events, clubs, restaurants)
  • Professional Manager
  • Business Manager
  • Royalty Analyst/Accountant
  • Executive Director, Music Industry Trade Association
  • Fund Raising
  • Grant Writer
  • Music Aggregator (Digital Music Aggregator)

 

Publicity and Advertising

  • Public Relations Counsellor
  • Public Relations Trainee
  • Publicist (Press Agent)
  • Assistant Publicist
  • Director or Fan Club President
  • Music Journalist
  • Advertising Account Executive, Music-Oriented Publication
  • Advertising Account Executive, Music-Oriented Web Site

 

Support Services for Recording Artists

  • Recording Artist Web Site Content Producer
  • Personal Assistant to Recording Artist

 

Arenas, Facilities, Halls, and Clubs

  • Concert Hall Manager
  • Concert Hall Marketing Director
  • Stage Manager
  • Resident Sound Technician
  • Nightclub Manager

 

Retail / Merchandizing

  • Instrument Company/music story
    • Owner
    • Manager
    • Sales Associate
  • Instrument Distributor
  • Advertising
  • Music App Developer
  • Product Demonstrator

 

Instrument Repair, Restoration, and Design

  • Musical Instrument Builder/Designer
  • Instrument Repair and Restoration Specialist
  • Piano Tuner-Technician
  • Piano Movers
  • Bow Rehairer and Restorer

 

Legal Services

  • Copyright researcher
  • Copyright Lawyer
  • Music Business or Entertainment Lawyer/Attorney
  • Paralegal

 

Miscellaneous Careers

  • Events Production, Management, Planning
  • Events Managing Director
    • e.g., Music Fest Vancouver
    • e.g., Vancouver International Jazz Festival
  • Organizations
    • National Association of Recording & Sciences (NARAS)
    • Country Music Association (CMA)
    • Many more . . .
  • Societies
    • Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN)
    • Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP)
    • A few more . . .
  • Unions
    • Vancouver Musicians’ Association (VMA)
    • American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA)
    • Many more . . .
  • Critic/Journalist/Editor/Blogger/Reviewer
  • Acoustician (Sound Engineering/Sound Design)
  • Music Consultant – TV, Film, Commercials
  • Music Curator
  • Community Music School Director
  • Summer Camp Music Director/Staff
  • Music Theatre
  • Wellness
    • Injury Prevention
    • Intervention