You are the person who is responsible for organising and managing a music event, from a pub gig or club night up to a festival. You may be working on your own, or for larger events you will be working as part of a team. Excellent organisation and communication skills are essential, together with the ability to manage multiple tasks, from funding, licensing and health and safety through to booking acts, ticketing and marketing and promotion. Events is an exciting area, but one which can involve long hours with regular evening and weekend shifts. A lot of event promoters are self-employed, but there are paid jobs working for larger companies, organisations and local authorities.
You are the person responsible for running a premises where music is the main business. This could be small or large venue, a recording studio or a rehearsal facility. You will need to be able to manage all aspects of the operation from estates and licensing through to marketing and promotion and dealing with clients and artists. You will need great organisation and communication skills and be prepared to work evenings and weekends.
Record Label Manager/Employee
You are responsible for running a record label or for working within the offices of a larger label. The recording industry has changed significantly in the last ten years and the move to digital has meant that it is easier to set up small independent labels which can showcase new talent. Labels don’t need the high levels of investment they once relied on, as artists are generally expected to have already developed commercial product and there is no need for expensive pressing and distribution. You will need to be passionate about music with a good head for business.
You are responsible for managing one or more artists, organising all aspects of their professional career. This may include brokering and managing record deals, arranging tours, dealing with promoters and making sure all earnings are paid. You will need to have excellent organisation and communication skills, together with the ability to manage multiple tasks. You may also need a lot of patience, depending on how temperamental your artists are!
You are responsible for organising all the logistics on national and international tours. This may include liaising with artists, promoters and venues, organising transport, accommodation and catering and managing all the support staff, such as sound crews, wardrobe and make-up. Again, you will need to have excellent organisation and communication skills, together with the ability to manage multiple tasks. Work may be sporadic and will involve unsociable hours and a lot of travel away from home.
You are the person who licenses original music and then collects royalty income from that music. Music is consumed in many ways from direct purchases and streaming, through to the use of music in adverts, apps, games and films. All of these uses generate royalty income for the songwriter. The publisher is there to promote the use of its licensed music and to ensure all monies are collected. It’s largely a desk-based job and most music publishers are based in London.
You are selling musical products, whether that is musical instruments or vinyl and CDs. Your business may be located in a physical shop, but it will also need an online store where you can sell across the internet. Retail is a very competitive business and large retailers can often undercut on price. However, there is room for independent retailers who can offer something a bit different. Think about how you can offer customer service and unique features.