Music Career Resources and Tools
Build a Website
1) Tech-challenged: 1&1; Bandzoogle; SpaceCraft; SquareSpace
2) Tech-knowledgeable: WordPress.org; development tips: WPBeginner.com
Buy a domain name & hosting plan: 1&1. GoDaddy.com
Free web-building tutorials: W3Schools.com
3) Search engine optimization tips (free): The Beginner’s Guide to SEO
General Music Business Tools
MailChimp.com. Outstanding email newsletter service. Free for lists <2000.
TuneCore distributes your music to iTunes, Amazon, etc. You keep all royalties
Shopify Shopping Cart Software. Create an online store. Free trial.
Dropbox.com. Backup, sync, and share files. Free!
Eventbrite.com. Ticket and promote concerts and events.
Nimbit.com. “Complete direct-to-fan marketing, sales & distribution.”
ReverbNation.com. Tools for artists, managment, venues, labels, and fans.
BandCamp.com. “Sell your music and merch directly to your fans.”
SoundCloud.com. Share recordings and attract fans.
SongKick.com. Help fans track your appearances.
TopSpinMedia.com. Software for musicians.
BachTrack.com. Announce and discover classical events.
SongKick Tourbox. Post announcements about your performance dates.
Additional Career Tools
Resources for Grantseekers. Links to funding resources and grant writing tips.
Audacity. Free open-source software for audio recording and editing.
Low-cost CD/DVD replication: NationWide Disc | Oasis Disc
MusicalAmerica.com. Extensive directory of presenters and performers. Classical and jazz oriented; free and subscription offerings
Association of Performing Arts Presenters
Chamber Music America (classical & jazz)
National Association for Campus Activities
International Performing Arts for Youth
U.S. Regional Arts Organizations. Learn about programs and resources at state, regional & national arts agencies; research performance venues.
On Staff: A Practical Guide to Starting Your Career in a University Music Dept., by Donald Hamann, (Oxford, 2013).
From the Stage to the Studio: How Fine Musicians Become Great Teachers, by Watkins and Scott (Oxford, 2012).
Association of Teaching Artists. Information and links.
Business Tools for Teaching Artists. Contracts, invoices and more via TASC
Videos about the work of teaching artists, via the Weill Music Institute.
Additional Music Career Resources
Audition & Competition Strategies for Musicians. Info via MusiciansWay.com.
New Music USA. Learn about and fund new American concert music.
A Career in Music Therapy, from the American Music Therapy Association.
Job Listings for Musicians, Singers & Music Educators
Music Job Search Sites. Via the Peabody Conservatory.
Musical Chairs. Orchestral and admin. job listings.
League of American Orchestras. Administrative, conducting and other jobs.
MusicalAmerica.com. Arts administration and other jobs.
Bridge: Worldwide Music Connection. Useful database. Free trial.
See the For Singers page for more voice resources.
College, university, and conservatory music teaching job listings
HigherEdJobs.com | Chronicle of Higher Education
College Music Society (members only)
Higher Education Recruitment Consortium
Association Européenne des Conservatoires
Other Job & Internship Search Sites
New York Foundation for the Arts. Diverse arts jobs, internships, resources
U.S. Military Band Vacancies. Via the Peabody Conservatory
Church Music Job Search Sites. Indexed on the Peabody Conservatory website
Rhinegold Recruitment (UK & EU)
Career Advice and Guidance for Musicians
Music Career Articles published on The Musician’s Way Blog.
Guide to Careers in Music. Overview of 150+ types of music careers.
National Arts Marketing Project. A program of Americans for the Arts.
“How to play in someone else’s band,” by Danny Barnes. Sage advice!
Articles from MusicThinkTank.com:
“Make Better Marketing Plans with a SWOT Analysis,” by David Roberts (2013).
“How artists can profit from file sharing,” by Jim Grobecker (2011).
“6 case studies on successful online marketing,” by Jill Haverkamp (2011).
“How to post a perfect press kit on your website,” by Ariel Hyatt (2010).
Resume, bio, cover letter tips and resources:
Music Entrepreneurship and Career Center at the Peabody Institute
Institute for Music Leadership. Resources from the Eastman School of Music.
Bios That Inspire by Gerald Klickstein
Why do you need a bio? by Dan Kimpel.
Writing the Dreaded Cover Letter, by Katharine Brooks.
Music Industry Quizzes. From the Future of Music Coalition.
FracturedAtlas.org. Fiscal sponsorship, education, and more.
Books about Music Career Development & Entrepreneurship:
Beyond Talent: Creating a Successful Career in Music (2nd edition), by Angela Beeching (Oxford, 2010); classical & jazz oriented. Companion website.
The Musician’s Way, by Gerald Klickstein (Oxford, 2009; 12th printing, 2016). In-depth guidance to practice efficiently, work in groups, craft concert programs, and more.
Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity, by David Allen (Penguin, 2002). The now-classic guide; great for musicians and everyone else.
Legal Advice and Resources for Musicians
Legal Resources from ggartslaw.com
Copyright Term and the Public Domain in the US. A handy chart
Music business tips, advice, checklists. Via MusicCareers.com.au
Music Industry Quizzes from the Future of Music Coalition
Copyright information & links from the National Association for Music Ed
Copyright Made Simple. A basic introduction from the IMSLP
Fair use evaluator. Valuable insights into the U.S. Copyright Code
Fair use tips, via NAfME
The Teacher’s Guide to Music, Media, and Copyright Law, by James Frankel
(Hal Leonard, 2009)
Salary Information and Employment Statistics for Musicians
Occupational Employment and Wages: Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary, 2016. From the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Salary Calculator, from the National Association of Colleges and Employers.
Strategic National Arts Alumni Project. Salary data and much more.
Facts and Figures Concerning Music and Higher Education in the United States
From the College Music Society (revised Jan. 2015).
Tax and Bookkeeping Tips for Musicians
Tax Issues for Musicians (U.S. & Canada), courtesy of Howland Tax Service.
Bookkeeping for Artists, by Maggie Kruser.
Expense & income worksheets for musicians, from ArtsTaxInfo.com
Volunteer Opportunities for Musicians
Healing with Music. An article on The Musician’s Way Blog.
Musical Connections Resources. Free guidelines and principles for musicians and arts administrators doing community based work. Via CarnegieHall.org.
United We Serve (U.S.). Search for and post volunteer opportunities.
SupportMusic.com. Created by NAfME and NAMM.
Future of Music Coalition. “Education, research, and advocacy for musicians.”