Although many people dream of becoming a multi-platinum selling musician, this goal is not usually the most realistic one. Luckily for those who want to work in the music industry, a handful of jobs can ensure that you live like a rockstar even if you are behind the scenes. College graduates who have an associate's or bachelor's degrees in music-related studies will more likely be hired for entry-level positions in the music industry, and work their way up to some of the highest-paying jobs in the field.
Music producers get paid a lot of money because they are basically in charge of the entire music recording process. Also known as recording engineers, this job entails not only recording and mixing the albums, but also editing and mastering. Other duties include identifying and mentoring new artists, helping choose songs to record, preparing artists for tours and the music lifestyle, and supervising bookings. Music producers need an in-depth knowledge of the industry, market, analogue and digital technology, instruments and sound structure, as well as to have an ear for what the next hot artist or sound will be. A music production degree is not a necessity, but it helps. Certain degrees that can be used include music, sound or audio engineering. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of 2009, the median salary for producers ranges from £55,900 to over a £65,000. The salary ranges depending on who you are producing, how often and how good you are at the job.
Live Event Sound Engineer
Live sound engineers manage sound from the instrumentals to vocals, whether it is a solo musicians or a large band. Duties include operating sound control panels, lighting systems, stage systems, sound systems and almost all elements of production, especially during live events. It is key to have a wide range of knowledge as well, such as electrical engineering, sound production or even fine arts. Most often, a degree is required. According to the U.S. Bureau of Statistics, in 2009, the median salary was a little more than £34,450 per year.
The position of a manager is one of a lot of responsibility but also common sense, intuition and a wide knowledge of the music industry. Managing artists takes patience and collaboration, as the artist's career can be in your hands at times. Managers need to attract artists and take care of tasks that clients can't do themselves, whether it is scheduling travel and tours or negotiating contracts. It is beneficial to have a degree in some sort of managerial field, business administration or music management. The salary of a manager ranges greatly, depending on who you are managing and how good you are at the job. The median salary can range from £32,500 to several hundred thousand. Income is mainly earned as a commission percentage from the artist's career.
Lawyers are often known for making top dollar, and in the music industry, this is especially true. You can study to become a lawyer specific to the music industry under entertainment law for contracts that are broken or under negotiation, publishing and song rights, royalties and sampling, to name a few. Music attorneys can be used by almost anyone in the industry, including musicians, record companies, producers, music agencies and publishing companies. The median salary is in the triple digits for successful music attorneys, but the downside is that the training time to become a well-respected lawyer is almost a decade.