Music offers many career possibilities


Sarah Lion

Josi and Lily Lion perform in Livingston Park in Manchester.

While at first glance jobs for music lovers may seem limited, there are many possibilities.

Performing within itself has many subfields. Some include joining a professional orchestra or band, accompanying solo artists, or playing as a soloist. 

Behind-the-scenes opportunities, which are essential for the success of music people enjoy listening to, include being a music producer, recording engineer or artist manager, according to a Berklee Online post, “Top 10 Careers in the Music Business (and How Much Money You Can Make).”

These jobs all have the potential to create a high income.

The main role of a producer is to handle the details necessary to helping musicians record and produce their art. They also interact with other people to get the best sound possible for their client.

Recording engineers work to record music so it sounds its best by editing it and using the most fitting microphones.

Artist managers are needed by the majority of today’s beloved artists to share their music with the wider public. Managers are in charge of connecting musicians with opportunities, often leading artists to fame.

People interested in teaching also have a role in the music world. Music teachers could deliver public lessons in a school, or private lessons in the community. Whether someone is interested in working with kindergarteners or college students or students in between, all possibilities are available.

Another music career option is composition. If you are interested in classical music, perhaps composing for orchestras is right for you. If you are interested in video games or the tunes played during advertisements, you might create that type of music. 

In regards to income, the span of earnings ranges greatly. As with most jobs, earnings can increase over time and with experience. For example, an established music producer might reach over $1,000,000. 

Professions that help artists with logistics often collect a percentage of their earnings. Therefore, their income is determined on the success of the artist.