What jobs are out there for out there for Musicians?

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  1. JeffBro

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    What type of jobs are there for Musicians?

    What gigs are the best to stay away from?

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    Disclosure and some advice maybe:

    I'm a pretty good cover singer/guitar player, for a variety of older ( baby-boomer era) acoustic or electric music- but am terrible at getting the business, booking.

    Regardless of the approach ( online, social media, in person marketing) I don't have tenacity/ edge and dedication to actually ' work it' to get gigs.

    But I play with others that do, and are good at getting business at the establishment in our area that have/ want live music. They will either deal directly with a venue or hookup with a booking agency ( which can be frustrating, but you may not have a choice)


    Where I live, in Northern Virginia
    ( which is large and very diverse, a few different ways)
    there, are:
    restaurants and bars
    Brewpubs and Wineries
    Some rock clubs ( that really want original music)
    Nursing homes/Retirement Communities

    With my age, and music ( old and old) we do well at Wineries, brewpubs, and nursing homes. Vs. Bars or rock clubs
    People hear the variety of music, played not too loudly, and we ' keep the gig!'

    So a good combination of salesmanship, a good product ( the music!) to deliver, and what the venue wants.
     
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    Many musicians, even symphony players, teach.
     
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    Busking. Seriously. I was walking home after work a couple years ago when I heard the distinct sound of a sax player blowing through Giants Steps. Dude was playing it fast too- must have been around 180 or 190 bpms.
    He was standing on some steps in Union Square with a hat out. I gave him all the cash in my wallet.

    Anyway, if you're short on work, it's good performance practice and maybe someone (with cash in their wallet) will dig what you're playing
     
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    When your kid wants to go to college and major in music show him this thread and as many others like it as you can find. He wants to be a teacher? Maybe in New York. But steer him to a state school. For what it’s worth, I’ve never seen a “What jobs are out there for engineers?” thread anywhere. And I was never unemployed in that field. Don’t get me wrong. I love music and I love playing. But in 1968 when I declared my major, not choosing music was a wise choice.
     
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    Buddy Of mine got in the studio business. Made more helping car and hamburger ad tunes. He got out. Another bud plays bass in NYC with many bands local studio and touring.
     
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    Every professional classical musician I've known (quite a few) have had secondary jobs, even when they played in a symphony orchestra. Many were teachers (either music or general education) a couple were instrument repair/builders, some were in medical fields. My younger brother, a professional cellist, is a Pediatrician.
    I've never known one to be a plumber or electrician, but I wouldn't be surprised if there was one. ;)
     
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    Pizza delivery. Pays better than luthiery, probably.
     
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    Depending on the situation of course. A lot of the musicians around these parts are self employed as a carpenter, electrician, mechanic or plumber.. etc. Being self employed offers a ton of flexibility on schedule. I think it’s always a good idea to learn a trade and have a solid back up plan. During the pandemic a lot of the musicians made a killing on home projects, people where spending money to landscape, make repairs, upfit, etc.

    In my case I have music as my back up plan. I play drums, guitar and sing. Like to think I do all 3 well enough to get paid good money to do it. I work with heavy equipment during the day. I’m in product support so my schedule is pretty flexible as well. Obviously if you’re able to go to college and end up with minimal debt maybe an engineer, lawyer or doctor etc makes sense. In my case I had to go to work or borrow a ton of money for an education. I didn’t think it was worth it, my goal is to go thru college one day when I can afford to pay up front for it.
     
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    I'm sure most serious musicians would be careful not to do any work where there hands/fingers might get damaged...:rolleyes:

    you're right, not many bricklayers playing concertos on Violin....:lol:
     
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    I consider busking essential for anyone playing any kind of roots music. I think if a person is trying to play americana, folk, blues, jazz, old time, etc., and they've never busked anywhere, they may as well have never left the bedroom.
     
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    If you want to be heavy you play music for free, period, that's the rule.



    However, at odd intervals you might be lucky enough to get paid. At even more odd intervals you might get paid very well. Yet if you add up the thousands of hours not getting paid? You still likely got paid ****.

    On the off chance you simply stumble into record contract stardom? That's cool, but don't go into it with that attitude.

    You play music for free.
     
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    Funny my daughter -who is far better at music then me-went to Berklee college of music for a summer program when she was in high school. I thought she would come back gung ho but she came back and said "too hard to make it" Now she is a nursing major. Here's a song I wrote about money in music a few days ago.
     
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