Backstage Jobs – Search for behind-the-scenes jobs in the live entertainment industry. While Independent A&R is a multi-tasking occupation, and there is overlap (as there is in practically every occupation in the music industry), and you do get paid on a commission basis, you are only engaged to handle the resulting business activities stemming from the commercial use of of your clients’ music and talents; not to do hand-holding or talent development.
Networking platforms such myMusicCircle will provide virtual chat, emailing and resource exchange facilities and these significantly cut down on the costs of communication and travelling and the fact that the internet has made the music industry more lucrative cannot be gainsaid.
Unlike a degree from a technical school, yours will be as useful as you make it. We know that puts a burden on you but it also opens the world up as to what you can do. You’re smart to be considering this as a sophomore, while there’s still plenty of time to explore opportunities through summer jobs (check out what you can do at Stanford Jazz and other places on the Summer Camps & Music Programs page), internships, study abroad, and tons of networking.
The first is to manage the operations of Colston Hall, Bristol’s largest concert venue, where people have been enjoying music since 1867; developing a diverse musical programme, leading a major capital refurbishment programme and securing its commercial success.
Peter Mousaferiadis is a creative and music director, conductor, and producer and has directed large scale intercultural concerts and ceremonies throughout Australia, China, the Philippines and Malaysia for clients including the United Nations, Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions, United Religious Initiative, and produced Victoria’s Australia Day Concert (2004 to 2013).