How to Find a Music Production Job?
Here are some tips to fight the weak job outlook for music production majors and land music production work:
1. Create a powerful resume that brings into focus your music production skills and achievements. Be sure to always include a cover letter with your resume when you send it to potential employers. Try creative ways to draw the attention of the employer to your application. For example, add your photo of you working in a studio to your cover letter e-mail signature.
2. Work with a music producer or a studio as a volunteer, and get as much practical experience as you can. If you impress the producer with your work, he may offer you a job or recommend you to potential positions within his contact network.
TIP: Use the directory at sites like the Association of Music Producers and All Music Industry Contacts to get the contact info of pros and companies in the business of music production, and see if they can take you aboard.
3. Record concert bands in your area. Offer to do the work for free to gain experience and exposure.
4. Join professional associations like The National Association of Record Industry Professionals (NARIP). A membership in such associations is an avenue for you to network. Remember, networking is a key to success to find a music producer job.
5. Create a website with details of your music production talent, training and accomplishments. Include a portfolio of your work. Promote your site.
6. Work as a sound engineer or in a position that requires music talent. It’s a strategy to earn steady income and wait for the music production projects to come your way.
7. Explore freelance music production opportunities. This route lets you work in a different area for job security, and also allows you to pursue your passion. Advertise your music production services at sites like Craiglist.com.