The Industry

Are you looking for music internships or entry-level music jobs? Music comforts us when we’re sad, entertains us while we’re commuting to work, and keeps us engaged in films and podcasts. While talented performers are the face of the music industry, educators, musical technicians, and an influential music business are the invisible force that creates the music industry we know.

To succeed as a musician or singer, a person must be talented and persistent. Two out of five musicians are self-employed and many only find part-time or intermittent work. Some of them write, record, and perform their own music in concert halls, clubs, and arenas. Others work for religious organizations and performing arts companies.

The Internship

Music internships allow you to learn the ropes from more experienced professionals. In a summer music internship, you could perform alongside professional musicians, adjust lighting for a show, or create marketing materials for a tour. Like most industries, the music business has become largely digitized, so be sure to use the opportunity during your music studio internship to get familiar with everything from digital audio tools like GarageBand or ProTools to common office software packages including Microsoft Word and Excel.

Depending on your interests, you can find recording studio internships with record labels, radio stations, and recording studios. At the end of your internship, you’ll have relevant experience to help you decide if a career in music is the right choice for you.

The Career Options

There are four primary career paths in Music. You could be a performer or something related like a backup singer, choreographer, or conductor. You could try a technical career such as writing, recording, editing, or composing. You could pursue a music education and be a music teacher, music or voice therapist, or a music critic. Or you could go the business route and be a talent scout, promotions manager, personal manager, booking agent, concert promoter, tour manager, concert hall manager, music director, or record producer.

To become a performer, you will need to spend many years honing your skills, and earn a bachelor’s degree for a performance career in classical music or opera. To be a music educator, you’ll typically need a bachelor’s degree and a teaching license. To join the business side of the music industry, you’ll need a bachelor’s degree in business or a related field. For technical jobs, you’ll need to invest time in developing your skills in and outside of the classroom.

You’ll discover many music job and internship opportunities in cities such as Los Angeles, Nashville, and New York where there’s a lot of music entertainment.

The Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in the Music and Singer field is projected to grow by 3% over the next decade, which is lower than average, though the growth rate by music profession varies. For example, employment for Broadcast and Sound Engineering Technicians is predicted to grow by 7%.

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