Music Business

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Area

Thank you to staff at Belmont University Career Services for creating this resource. Its format varies slightly from other titles in the series.

  • Music publishing/Administration
  • Accounting/Finance/Royalty management
  • Business management
  • A&R (Artists and Repertoire)/Talent scouting
  • Song plugging
  • Songwriting
  • Radio/Concert promotions
  • Radio
  • Artist management/Development
  • Digital marketing/New media/Social media
  • Marketing

  • Merchandise design/Production/Sales
  • Tour management/Road management
  • Venue management
  • Booking
  • Publicity/Styling
  • Public relations/Media relations
  • Event planning/ Sponsorships/Festivals
  • Personal/Executive assistance
  • Copyright management
  • Entertainment law

  • Music licensing
  • Music supervision
  • Recording studio management
  • Audio engineering
  • Audio/Sound design
  • Broadcast audio
  • Music journalism/Film and TV writer
  • Record/Video/TV production
  • Stage design and management
  • Lighting design

Employers

  • Music publishing firms
  • Business management firms
  • Booking agencies
  • Performance rights organizations
  • Record labels
  • Artist management firms
  • Licensing firms
  • Professional sports teams

  • Event management firms
  • Corporate marketing/advertising agencies
  • Entertainment venues
  • Talent agencies
  • Radio/TV stations
  • Entertainment law firms
  • Entertainment magazines
  • Nonprofit organizations

  • Theatres (e.g., Broadway, off-Broadway, local)
  • Music studios
  • Audio equipment manufacturers/dealers
  • TV and film production studios
  • Video game designers/producers
  • Independent/Freelance work

Strategies

  • Volunteer for industry events and non-profit benefits.
  • Complete and excel in entertainment internships.
  • Work for a campus or local radio station.
  • Manage a local band/artist.
  • Gain experience by working at a local venue.
  • Take courses in marketing, accounting, finance, communications, entrepreneurship, public relations, management, and others related to entertainment.
  • Increase digital marketing and technology skills by taking additional courses in graphic design and web design.
  • Promote campus events online through digital marketing and social media.
  • Produce a local band or artist’s record.
  • Engage with booking agencies through talent buying for campus concerts.
  • Get involved with campus student activity boards or student unions.
  • Work in an audio equipment rental/sales store to learn more about equipment and maintaining it.
  • Conduct informational interviews with people in jobs of interest, and build a strong network of contacts.
  • Organize songwriting sessions with other students.
  • Join local entertainment organizations.
  • Acquire sales experience inside or outside of the industry.
  • Find sponsors for campus events or benefits.
  • Write blogs/articles/press releases for school publications, events, and student organizations.