Music Careers

The Musician’s Way helps rising musicians develop professional goals and skills. The following resources expand on the concepts described in the text.

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.

PayPal for business. Accept credit card payments on your site.
Square. Accept in-person credit card payments via your mobile device.

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.

HarryFox.com. Buy mechanical licenses to record copyrighted music.
SoundExchange.com. Learn about and collect digital performance royalties.

Direct-to-Fan Platforms:
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.
BandPage.com.
BachTrack.com. Announce and discover classical events.
SongKick Tourbox. Post announcements about your performance dates.

Fanfunding Resources
Kickstarter.com
IndieGoGo.com
FracturedAtlas.org
RocketHub.com
The Musician’s Guide to Fan-Funding,” by Jonathan Ostrow
The Crowdfunding Quandary,” by Ariel Hyatt

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

Locate Presenters/Promoters/Resources
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.

SonicBids.com. “Helps bands get gigs and promoters book the right bands.”
How to Get Gigs on SonicBids,” by Simon Tam (May 2012)

Music Teacher Resources
MusicTeachersHelper.com. Create a site, schedule online, accept credit cards.
MusicAcademySuccess.com. Marty Fort’s industry-leading system.

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.

International Musician. Orchestra jobs in the US. By subscription.
muv.acVioWorld.com | Music-Job.com European orchestra vacancies.

Musical Chairs. Orchestral and admin. job listings.

League of American Orchestras. Administrative, conducting and other jobs.

MusicalAmerica.com. Arts administration and other jobs.

Orchestras Canada Job Board.

Bridge: Worldwide Music Connection. Useful database. Free trial.

Auditions Plus. Find voice auditions, competitions, YAPs, and more.
YapTracker
. Opera auditions & voice competitions. $55/year.

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
InsideHigherEd.com
Association Européenne des Conservatoires

K-12 music teaching jobs & openings in the US 
NAfME Job Listings

US State Education Agencies
TopSchoolJobs.org | K12Jobs.com
Teachers-Teachers.com | SchoolSpring.com
ASTA job opportunities

Other Job & Internship Search Sites 
New York Foundation for the Arts. Diverse arts jobs, internships, resources

Internships.com | YouTern.com

U.S. Military Band Vacancies. Via the Peabody Conservatory

Church Music Job Search Sites. Indexed on the Peabody Conservatory website

ProShip Entertainment. | Landau Music. Cruise ship gigs

OffstageJobs.com | Backstage.com. Jobs in musical theater and theme parks

Rhinegold Recruitment (UK & EU)

Indeed.com | SimplyHired.com | Glassdoor.com
Monster.com | CareerBuilder.com

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.

Other important music career resources:
ASCAP | BMI. Music career resources, tips, advice.

Music Industry Quizzes. From the Future of Music Coalition.

FracturedAtlas.org. Fiscal sponsorship, education, and more.

The DIY Musician Blog. From CDBaby.
The Disc Makers Blog, “for independent musicians.”

Hypebot.com. “The new music business.”
CyberPR Blog. Online marketing tips and guidance from Ariel Hyatt.

The Music Business Journal. From the Berklee College of Music.
Music Career Juice
. Articles, advice, tips from Peter Spellman.

How to Write a Press Release. Basic formatting info from PublicityInsider.com.
Sample Press Releases, via MusicalAmerica.com

Career Tools from MindTools.com. Broadly applicable.
Arts Journal. A digest of arts journalism.

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.

Tribes, by Seth Godin. How to build communities of followers.
How to Call Attention to Your Music, by Derek Sivers. A free 70-page ebook.

Legal Advice and Resources for Musicians

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. Legal services in the U.S., Canada, Australia
Lawyers for the Creative Arts. Pro-bono legal help in Chicago & Illinois

Legal Resources from ggartslaw.com

IP Legal Freebies Blog
Artists House Music Blog

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 Outlook Handbooks from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (2015): Musicians & Singers | Music Directors & Composers.

Occupational Employment and Wages: Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary, 2015. 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).

Musician Salary Info. Links compiled on the Peabody Conservatory website.
Salary Ranges for US Music Positions, via Berklee (2016).

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.

Corporation for National and Community Service (U.S.).

Youth Music (U.K.). Resources and links.
Volunteer Canada.

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