The new generation of young musicians is quickly realizing the importance of entrepreneurship and self-promotion. In addition to practicing, performing and studying, successful musicians think creatively, know how to market themselves, capitalize on technology, can raise money for projects, develop networks, and talk intelligibly about their art.
One way in which we will promote these skills here at the School of Music and Dance is by hosting career seminars for our students. We plan to feature outstanding alumni and visiting artists who will talk about their career paths and offer insightful tips and strategies for succeeding in the music field.
We also plan to build and expand this page, adding useful resources and tips on life after music school.
Check out our interview with Marin Alsop, where she talks about building these important skills while in college and her advice for success.
A starting point for the curious is a book and a blog: The Savvy Musician gives you the tools to take control of your musical career. The author provides insights on important how-to’s, including: information on how to develop a career path, build your own brand, and create outstanding products. Read an excerpt here.
UO Presents: Interview with Marin Alsop on Vimeo.
Here are some useful resources and websites:
American Music Center
The American Music Center offers professional development resources for new music professionals, grant programs, and an enormous online music library.
ArtJob is the place to find comprehensive, up-to-date national listings of jobs, internships, fellowships and other employment opportunities in the arts.
Established in 2003, ArtistShare enables fans to show appreciation for their favorite artists in a unique way. Fans provide funding to the artists’ recording projects and in exchange receive access to the creative process.
Another useful book on making it work in the music world.
Bridge: Worldwide Music Connection
One of the biggest music job bulletins online. Use it to find jobs in music performance, teaching, and arts administration.
Chronicle of Higher Education
One of the premier sources for academic positions.
Computer Science and Music Technology Careers
Website discusses music today and advancements made in computer science.
Dilettante is an online classical music hub that supports classical musicians and connects listeners and musicians from around the world.
The mission of InstantEncore.com is to be the world’s leading resource for delivering and enjoying live classical music anywhere and anytime.
An excellent search engine for those seeking orchestral positions.
The New York Foundation for the Arts
National database of information on grants, awards, services, and publications for artists in all disciplines. Includes a link to jobs in the Arts.
The Orchestra Musician Forum. A valuable tool for music students considering an orchestral career.
4/4 School of Music
Portland based music school. Hires music teachers to teach students of all ages.
A resource for job listings, especially for academic jobs in the arts.
American Musicological Society
Targeted towards musicologists, but of wider interest.
American String Teachers Association
Great job listing site hosted by ASTA and the National School Orchestra Association; regular postings for string related positions. Click on "Other Services" and go to "Job Opportunities."
American Symphony Orchestra League
Great source of listings for orchestral administration listings.
Arts Presenters JobBank
Listing service for positions in all areas of arts presenting.
Good source for behind-the-scenes and administrative positions in theater and performing arts.
College Music Society
A consortium of college, conservatory, university, and independent musicians and scholars. Has a weekly music vacancy list for academic positions.
A booking website that connects you with event planners and other clients for private parties, weddings, corporate events etc.
Monthly resources designed for the professional musician. Also available in the library.
The National Association for Music Education is among the world's largest arts education organizations.
Offers opportunities for networking and mutual support to musicians and people in the industry.
A free, national musician referral service covering performers, music instructors, and bands.
Musical America Online Career Center
Searchable database of performing artist positions, including arts administration.
Oceanbound Entertainment Inc.
An international agency for musicians and entertainers specializing in cruise ship entertainment.
Find a teacher, post or update your resume.
Listing of jobs in the music business, mainly for recording, publishing, television, and other media companies.
The Magazine of the League of American Orchestras
Offers opportunities for teachers to provide music and voice instruction to students in cities across the United States.
Teaching Jobs Today
Postings of music jobs in the US.
The United States Army Field Band
Job opportunities in Concert Band, Soldiers' Chorus, Jazz Ambassadors, and Volunteers.
University of Oregon Music Library
HUMANITARIAN PROGRAMS FOR MUSICIANS
Abreu Fellows/ El Sistema USA
The Academy (NYC)
Community MusicWorks Fellowship (Providence, NY)
MusicianCorp (SF/Oakland Bay Area, Chicago, New Orleans, Seattle)
Musicians Without Borders
Teach for America
MORE ENTREPRENEURSHIP WEBSITES
Entrepreneur the Arts
Institute for Arts Entrepreneurship
Music Career Network (NETMCDO)
Richard Florida/The Creative Class
The Buzz Factor/Bob Baker