Qualifications for a Music Industry Career


The music industry is broad in scope and encompasses retail, wholesale, manufacturing, importing, exporting, publishing, recording, repair and  rebuilding, tuning, and other businesses. Persons who are successful in the music industry have education and training in both music and business.

Many new businesses have grown out of recent developments in the world of computers. State-of-the-art products and services in the music industry are providing new, exciting, and profitable business opportunities. 

Personal Qualifications:Ability to work with people, Interest in music and business. Knowledge and Skills Required: Specialized skill and knowledge in one or more of the music industries; varies widely. 

Recommended Precollege Training:Completion of high school, or experience in one or more of the related music industries. 

Minimum College Training Required:College degrees not always required but recommended especially program in music/business,

Technical careers:at least 2-3 years training or externship is usually necessary.  The television and radio industries encompass a wide range of careers, including composition, scoring, production, editing, clearing copyrights, and licensing.

Career opportunities are available at television and radio stations, production houses, post-production facilities, and a host of related organizations involved in producing and distributing programming for television and radio.  Society is increasingly dependent on the media as a source for news, information, entertainment, cultural and performing arts, and leisure activities. The proliferation of cable networks has greatly expanded the number of outlets for video productions and the need for related personnel.

Television and radio are growth industries that offer many opportunities for those with appropriate backgrounds, technical skills and experience, and perseverance.  

Personal Qualifications:Musical talent, Interest in music and media, Ability to work with people, often under tight deadlines and intense pressure. 

Knowledge and Skills Required:Specialized skill and knowledge in one or more or the television/radio industries; varies widely. 

Recommended Precollege Training:Completion of high school, Experience in one or more of the related fields. 

Minimum College Training Required:College degrees not always required, but recommended; the equivalent training is necessary, especially in production-related areas.  Then, there is production music for TV, commercials, video games and more…This is arguably the most explosive part of the music industry. As record labels continue to fail do to piracy and slumping CD sales, more musicians are turning to writing music for television, movies and commercials. There are huge revenues to be made in this music career and royalties can be generated for life.

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