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Music Industry Jobs Overview The music industry has undergone a great deal of change in the last two decades, largely ...

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Music Industry Jobs Overview

The music industry has undergone a great deal of change in the last two decades, largely down to the amount of recorded music which is now available through streaming services. Historically, the music industry generated income through physical sales of records and CDs, but the trend is now much more orientated toward digital sales. Live music still produces a large proportion of the industry's income, including touring rock and pop acts as well as classical performances. According to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, the industry still generates some £90 billion a year globally.

Music Industry Jobs Education Requirements

As a performer, no formal education is required, but a qualification in a creative pursuit, such as dance can help. For classical music industry jobs, a minimum of a degree level course will be expected. Within the marketing side of the music industry, which makes up a great part of it, promotions and tours managers often need a diploma in business studies or marketing to get a start. Record label jobs can be diverse, as these companies require a wide range of talent and expertise.

Music Industry Jobs Market

The market in the music industry is very varied with anything from music therapists to musical arrangers being required at any one time. Although the sector has gone through many changes recently, new jobs in music industry niches are springing up, such as consultants specialising in music for the video games industry or roles at music streaming sites.

Music Industry Jobs Salary Information

According to the National Careers Service, starting salaries can be low for music industry jobs, but they soon rise for high flyers. Expect £12 to £16k in your first years, depending on your other professional experience and your location. Running a department or heading up a division within a major music company, such as a record label, could mean attracting a salary of about £60k, or more, per annum. However, it is worth bearing in mind that many music promoters in the industry work for a percentage of profits generated rather than on a salary basis. In the public sector, there are many music teacher jobs that will pay similarly to other teaching positions.

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