Career Opportunities in the Music Industry

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This popular, indepth guide has been thoroughly revised to reflect vital job information, such as salary ranges, and the latest trends and changes in this diverse industry. Extensive appendixes provide current information on professional organizations, periodicals, schools, associations, and relevant publications. Readers will find more than 80 jobs profiled, from the recording business to music retailing, symphonies to operas, education to churches. Positions profiled include: Record Producer, Program Director, ...
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Overview

This popular, indepth guide has been thoroughly revised to reflect vital job information, such as salary ranges, and the latest trends and changes in this diverse industry. Extensive appendixes provide current information on professional organizations, periodicals, schools, associations, and relevant publications. Readers will find more than 80 jobs profiled, from the recording business to music retailing, symphonies to operas, education to churches. Positions profiled include: Record Producer, Program Director, Disc Jockey, Video Jockey, Music Shop Manager, Piano TunerTechnician, Orchestra Manager, Opera Singer, Elementary School Music Teacher, Music Librarian, and Choir Director.
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Library Journal
Even more useful than Josquin des Pres and Mark Landsman's Creative Careers in Music (LJ 8/00), this title emulates more traditional reference works in arrangement and content--quite successfully, as evidenced by its numerous editions. Organized into 12 general employment sections and covering over 80 jobs in the music field, this book offers standardized information on such diverse careers as orchestra manager, songwriter, tour coordinator, cantor, and karaoke singer (!). The headings within each entry include position description, salaries, employment prospects, advancement prospects, education and training, experience/skills/ personality traits, unions/associations, and tips for entry. In addition, Field, owner of a public relations and management firm and author of other "Career Opportunities" titles, provides a handy "career ladder" for each entry that shows how one's career may progress. Eleven appendixes also enable the interested user to find colleges, schools, workshops, and seminars. Books and periodicals are recommended for further research, and a handy glossary is included to help familiarize potential industry entrants with basic terminology. Well written and with no verbiage, this is the title to purchase if a library can only afford one career book in this area.--David M. Turkalo, Suffolk Univ. Law Sch. Lib., Boston Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
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In its third edition, this affordable guide to careers in the music industry provides updated information on 86 skilled and unskilled jobs for college, music school, and high school graduates. The jobs explored involve conducting, record producing, concert promoting, marketing, and disc jockeying, among other skills. Occupational titles within 12 thematic sections vary from music journalist, recording engineer, and business manager to tour coordinator and instrument repair and restoration specialist. The guide is organized along the lines of Barbara Sims-Bell's Career Opportunities in the Food and Beverage Industry (LJ 6/15/94), by the same publisher. Each two-page entry is introduced by a "career profile" and a "career ladder" containing ready-reference data with description; salary ranges; employment and advancement prospects; education and training; desirable experience, skills, and personality traits; best geographical location; unions and associations; and tips for entry. This work, which is arranged in no apparent order, would have been more accessible if alphabetized first by chapter and then by occupation. Useful appendixes include listings of college and university degree programs in music; related books and periodicals; and major industry players and organizations with names, addresses, and telephone numbers. For career collections.-Marilyn Rosenthal, Nassau Community Coll. Lib., Garden City, N.Y.
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YAWhile there are many excellent professional guides available such as the Occupational Outlook Handbook (U.S. Dept. of Labor) and the Encyclopedia of Career and Vocational Guidance (Ferguson, 1993), they don't provide much information on music-related careers. This revised edition covers 86 of them divided into 12 categories. It offers two-page profiles similar to other career encyclopedias, covering position description, duties, salary range, employment and advancement prospects, best geographical location for position, prerequisites, unions/associations, tips for entry, etc. A useful and up-to-date starting point for anyone interested in exploring this field.
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This guide profiles careers in the music industry under categories including business, symphonies, education, recording, radio and television, retail and wholesale, publicity, church music, and instrument repair and design. Profiles describe positions and summarize duties and prerequisites, with information on salaries, employment and advancement, and education. Appendices list educational programs in the US, scholarships, associations, record companies, distributors, publishers, and publicity firms. Includes a glossary. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816030484
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/1996
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 8.44 (w) x 11.04 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Table of Contents

How to Use This Book v
Acknowledgments vii
Table of Organization viii
Introduction ix
Recording and the Record Business
A & R Coordinator 2
A & R Administrator 4
Promotion Manager 6
Promotion Staffer 8
Director of Publicity 10
Staff Publicist 13
Artist Relations and Development Representative 16
Marketing Representative 18
Consumer Researcher 20
Advertising Account Executive 22
Regional Sales Manager 24
Salesperson 26
Field Merchandiser 28
Intern 30
Campus Representative 32
Arranger 34
Record Producer 36
Recording Engineer 38
Recording Studio Set-Up Worker 41
Orchestrator 43
Copyist 45
Webmaster 47
Website Marketing Manager 50
Website Content Producer 53
Radio and Television
Program Director 56
Music Director 58
Disc Jockey 60
Video Jockey 62
On the Road
Tour Coordinator 66
Road Manager 68
Tour Publicist 70
Sound Technician 72
Advance Person 74
Music Retailing and Wholesaling
Music Shop Manager 78
Music Shop Salesperson 80
Record Shop (or Department) Manager 82
Record Store Clerk 84
Instrument Sales Representative 86
Rack Jobber 88
The Business End of the Industry
Personal Manager 92
Booking Agent 95
Concert Promoter 98
Music Publisher 100
Professional Manager 103
Business Manager 105
Instrument Repair, Restoration, and Design
Musical Instrument Builder/Designer 108
Instrument Repair and Restoration Specialist 110
Piano Tuner-Technician 112
Bow Rehairer and Restorer 114
Publicity
Public Relations Counselor 118
Public Relations Trainee 121
Publicist 123
Assistant Publicist 126
Music Journalist 128
Symphonies, Orchestras, Operas, Etc.
Conductor 132
Concertmaster/Concertmistress 134
Section Leader 136
Section Member 138
Opera Singer 140
Managing Director 142
Orchestra Manager 144
Business Manager 146
Director of Development 148
Director of Public Relations 150
Subscriptions and Ticket Service Director 152
Director of Educational Activities 154
Personnel Director 156
Orchestral Music Librarian 158
Arenas, Facilities, Halls, and Clubs
Concert Hall Manager 162
Stage Manager 164
Resident Sound Technician 166
Nightclub Manager 168
Education
Music Supervisor 172
College, Conservatory, or University Music Educator 174
Secondary School Music Teacher 176
Elementary School Music Teacher 178
Private Instrument Teacher 180
Music Therapist 182
Music Librarian 184
Talent and Writing
Recording Group 188
Floor Show Group 190
Dance Band 192
Session Musician 194
Background Vocalist 196
Songwriter 199
Church Music
Choir Director 204
Cantor 206
Organist 208
Appendixes
I. Degree and Nondegree Programs 212
A. Four-Year Colleges and Universities That Offer Majors Related to the Music Industry 212
B. Two-Year Colleges That Offer Degrees in Music Management 216
C. Colleges and Universities That Offer Degrees in Arts Management and Administration 217
D. Colleges and Universities That Offer Degrees in Music Therapy 221
E. Colleges and Universities That Offer Degrees in Music Education 224
F. Colleges and Universities That Offer Degrees in Public Relations 247
G. Workshops, Seminars, Etc. 253
II. Unions and Associations 256
III. Record Companies 265
IV. Record Distributors 274
V. Booking Agencies 277
VI. Music Publishers 282
VII. Rights Societies 287
A. Recording Rights Societies 287
B. Performing Rights Societies 287
VIII. Public Relations and Publicity Firms 289
IX. Entertainment Industry Attorneys and Law Firms 291
Glossary 294
Bibliography 298
Index 307
About the Author 310
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