Music management jobs are some of the toughest gigs to find in the entertainment business. That’s because most music management companies come in two flavors – very, very big, and very, very small. Hunting for music management jobs at large companies often involves heavy competition along with grunt work as an intern. Music management jobs at smaller agencies might be easier to come by, but require long hours and offer low pay.
Music management jobs are rarely advertised online or in the newspaper, since so many eager applicants send resumes and cover letters directly to established companies. In most cases, recent college graduates applying for music management jobs find themselves working in the mailroom of a large company. It sounds like a cliché, but it’s true. At the same time, many influential Hollywood and Nashville executives used these entry level music management jobs to understand the inner workings of their employers.
Other music management jobs exist, especially at smaller companies outside the industry hubs of New York, London, Nashville, and Los Angeles. Small music management agencies, usually consisting of one or two managers and a team of support staff, occasionally offer music management jobs to apprentices. These jobs usually pop up when a client’s career takes off a little ahead of schedule, and the music management agency must choose whether to grow into a larger firm or allow their client to step up to a bigger company.
There is a third route to finding music management jobs, however. You can always create your own music management job by working directly with an artist that you admire. You can start by helping them grow and lead an effective street team. You’ll gain the satisfaction of watching an artist succeed while building the specific experience you need to start your own music management business or apply for any of the open music management jobs on the market.
Many of the most influential music managers of all time never held any music management jobs before working with their first few clients. You can learn more about creating a lasting music management career by reading some free sample chapters of my book, Music Management for the Rest of Us.
Joe Taylor Jr.