Music Industry Jobs – What’s Out There?

Human beings are a complex amalgam of psychology, nature, desires, necessities, etc. They urge for activities that keep their soul working, alongside activities that can earn them money, to keep their body working. And both come together to make their life better by pursuing a career in the music industry.

The music industry, for certain people, joins the two worlds, providing for both the soul and the body. People join music industry for their hobby of singing, composing or writing and can earn a good living from it.Generally, masses limit their thought by thinking the music industry only needs a particular skill set. They think a stunning voice and great singing abilities are must for music related jobs. However, this is not so true. Music welcomes people with very diverse skills. There are plenty of jobs in Music industry to pursue. You don’t have to be a guitarist or working with a label to take a start. You can take-up job of Artist Manager, Music Promoter, Music Agent, Music Journalist, Record Producer or Cover Designer.

An Artist or Band Manager is the one who manages the artist/band; its activities, promotion, concerts, deals and all other day to day matters. Apart from music generation, he looks after every other aspect. For this job, you should have an organized personality, good interpersonal and negotiation skills and knowledge of overall industry.

A Music Promoter is basically a marketer. He promotes albums, concerts, record labels, clubs, videos, etc. Promoters work hard to select the most appropriate venue for the concert and arrange accommodation for band. They also look for sponsors to promote their subject through various strategies. To be a promoter, you need good marketing and negotiation abilities coupled with extensive PR.

Next is the job of a Music Agent. Music Agents basically deal with live music. They coordinate with music promoters, record labels or even directly with bands. They arrange live performances with huge audiences and coordinate the performance dates, finance, stage requirements, etc. They negotiate with promoters on venues, accommodation arrangements, etc. You should have good connections and management skills to be a successful agent.

A Music Journalist has the job of writing. They can specialize into writing reviews for music albums, videos, songs, lyrics, concerts and DVDs. They focus more deeply on just artists and bands, interviewing them and writing on their backgrounds. They may also just write about topics in the overall industry; its prospects, trends, history, advancements, etc. A Music Journalist should possess excellent writing skills, research skills and knowledge of industry.

Another fantastic job is that of Record Producer. These are high in demand and work with studios and/or bands and look after the sound with special focus on recording. They can add a part to the song, or just a sound that would enhance the whole effect while recording. Their experience, reputation and aesthetics make them highly paid people.

If you are a professional photographer or a graphic designer, you can make a good fortune here. You will be given designing tasks for album covers, banners, poster, t-shirts, website templates and stage designs. The list of jobs in music industry goes on and on. You can be a radio plugger, VJ, RJ, DJ, or even a music teacher. In short, it can be truly said that the music industry has careers for everyone.

The Gospel Music Industry Vs The Gospel Music Ministry

There are thousands of artists (Major and Independent) that are not only involved in the Industry of Gospel Music but also the Ministry of Gospel Music. I, like many of you, have one time or another, intertwined the two as one but they are different yet they can come together depending on the vision of the artist. The word “Industry” refers to the production of an economic good or service. (Wikipedia). It’s important to understand that the Gospel Music industry can involve ministry but ministry is not the focal point. The focal point is the marketing, distributing and selling of products for money. Without money, an industry would fall and that’s why so many artists and some major labels in the past have fallen because of the lack of financial resources due to various reasons. The Gospel Music Industry is comprised of major Corporations, small labels, mom and pop record stores,( which are vastly dying) promoters,media, marketers, publicists, radio personalities and churches.The industry is primarily ruled and influenced by major labels who have the necessary funding to reach the average Gospel Music buyer with their products and services. The labels products are their artists and the products they create(CD’s, DVD’s etc) and depending on the success of those products other residuals are created such as royalties, merchandise etc.

The Gospel Music Industry does not have to follow any moral or religious code nor do the artists they promote. They concentrate on making music that people want to hear. When major labels sign artists, they look at the talent and marketability of the artist. If lifestyles were a prerequisite to being signed by a label then there would be no labels because most of the artists that we know and love have lifestyles that wouldn’t measure up. There would be no industry. Just think, if you only bought products from corporations and artists with whom you knew were operating by biblical principals, how easy would it be for you to get what you wanted although it would be interesting to know how many corporate executes, who promote Gospel Music, actually know Jesus as their personal Savior. To the Gospel Music Industries credit, many songs, videos, songbooks and award shows have been beneficial to the everyday lives of Christians around the world. Gospel Music would not be where it is today if it weren’t for the Gospel Music Industry but let’s not spiritualize it folks. It is what it is. I’m in the industry and if I don’t make money, I can’t continue to make records and travel. Major planning and implementation makes major artists. Artists don’t do well just because their anointed. Their are people in our local churches who are anointed and if they had the right business model behind them they would be selling records too.

The Gospel Music Ministry is different. When one is in the ministry of Gospel Music, their primary focus is the salvation and uplifting of souls. Many artists, major or independent, when they step on stage their goal is to minister God’s music to the waiting audience or congregation. The ministry is not focused on money, although money is needed to survive, the ministering of music is essential to their mission in life. I would venture to say that most Gospel Artists make an attempt to minister Gods music every time they are offered an opportunity. However sometimes personal ambition and arrogance gets in the way. The Gospel Music Industry and Ministry can walk together if the artist desires it to be so. When you are sold out for God your integrity means more to you than money. You thrive off of ministry and you let the ministry drive your business and not vice versa. I hear some of you saying now, I would prefer ministry over industry well let me tell you that without an Industry you and I would not be exposed to the ministries of most of our wonderful Gospel Artists.