Many people want to work in the music industry but don't know how to become part of it. Becoming an apprentice is a way to gain experience for a music career. One-on-one training is available from many businesses to apprentices for a fee much lower than they would pay for a vocational or college education. Apprenticeships that can lead to employment in several agencies are available, and some apprenticeships prepare you for self-employment in the music industry.
When most people dream of a career in the music industry, they see themselves on stage in front of a cheering crowd by singing, playing an instrument or conducting an orchestra. Performing artists actually make up a small percentage of the music industry workforce, but apprenticeships are available for talented, dedicated people willing to start at the bottom and work their way up. According to Australia's Department of Training and Workforce Development, performing apprentice jobs that include developing and updating music industry knowledge, using instruments, equipment and electronic technology to music, testing sound equipment, mixing sound and using digital systems to edit sound can lead to being hired as studio or session musicians, backup musicians, vocalists, pianists or organists.
Production and Technology
Music performers need people to produce and technically engineer music videos and CDs, concert tours and other live performances. According to the Recording Connection Music Producing and Audio Engineering course curriculum, apprenticeships are available for music engineers, sound and lighting technicians, digital audio editors, sound mixers, music producers and production assistants, tour managers, tour coordinators and recording jobs.
Business and Industry
The music business needs many employees to market and promote music, handle financial transactions and deal with legal aspects. Apprentices can work as booking agents, music business agents or attorneys, royalty accountants, royalty analysts, speech therapists or voice therapists. Apprentices may do jobs including copy writing, marketing, sales, teaching, licensing, advertising or music licensing.
Publishing, Design and Repair
Every musician needs an instrument to play, and every instrument requires repair at one time or another. According to the State University Education Encyclopedia, apprentices can train to design and build a number of different instruments and learn to perform maintenance, restore, tune, diagnose and fix problems with musical instruments. Musicians also need a song to perform. Apprentices can write lyrics, compose music or work as a music editor, music publisher, or programmer in programs such as the University of Pennsylvania's Bassini Writing Apprenticeship.
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