Is the Music Industry Singing Your Name?

So you love music, but what on earth are you going to do with a degree in music? Well, there are a lot more opportunities and options than you think, and many of them are right under your nose. Even if you are not specifically a major in “music” but you enjoy it as a hobby, there are still ways for you to combine your passions.

Music - an art for itself - Headphones and music notes / musical notation system

Perhaps you have decided to pursue a degree in music, you have spent countless hours in the Greenhill Center of the Arts, and now its graduation time, or close to it. There are many fields you could pursue with your degree that people often overlook. Maybe you have a passion for music, but for the law as well. You could consider becoming a Music Lawyer and protect rights of composers, artists, and copyrights. Perhaps you have a passion for media as well as music. The position of a Mix Engineer would be perfect.

Let’s say you have majored in some area of business, but you still play an instrument or like to spend your free time singing and just are not ready to let go of that interest. There are still plenty of opportunities for you.

  • Stage Design and Management
  • Tour/Road Management
  • Talent Scouting
  • Song Plugging

How do you get experience in these fields? Start off by working for the local campus radio station, volunteer for industry events, work in an audio equipment sales store to learn more about the technology, or organize song writing session with other students. Below are some websites that can help you with your music career search.

UW-Madison Music Career Services

Inside Jobs

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