Career Options

careers in the music industry

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Graduates from the MMS Courses leave the School qualified to move into a range of careers without the need for further study. A major BBC presence just a mile down the road from the MIDI School in Salford Quays’ Media City stimulates the creative industries in the area and attract a huge range of media-related companies such as advertising, multimedia design, music, and of course, television and radio opportunities.

“Mediacity:uk is home to 1,150 creative and related businesses, 1,500 trainee posts per year and employment opportunities for 15,500 people”

The music industry today covers a wide spectrum, from the few long established worldwide ‘majors’ such as the Universal Music Group, to a host of locally situated ‘independents’. More and more people have taken control of their futures in today’s music industry, which is characterised by self employment or freelance contract work. Courses at MMS teach the importance of personal attributes such as communication skills, self motivation, problem solving, and responsibility. Links with the Manchester City Music Network ensure that students have invaluable free support from this unique organisation’s advisors as they move into their professional careers.

Broader benefits of training in the high tech MMS environment are the transferable skills that come with this territory. I.T. – computers and the internet hold central roles across the multi media industries of TV, film, radio, live music venues, theatres, design and production companies.

Prospective students are invited to come and view the facilities and speak with a course co-ordinator. To make an appointment please contact the School during office hours or via email.

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Music Industry Salary Guide

Mixing Engineer

Mixing engineers, more commonly known as sound or audio engineers, use audio processors and editing equipment to mix and polish audio recordings to a finished stage. Mixes will then be passed over to a mastering house. They should be able to effectively communicate with the artist to attain a satisfactory final product.

Mixing Engineer

MUSIC INDUSTRY mixing engineer

Record Producer

Record Producers organise all aspects of recording music. Many operate in the traditional way of working with performers in a recording studio with the assistance of a sound engineer and a recording engineer. Others use their own equipment to try out ideas but use a commercial recording studio for the final recording.

Record Producer

music record producer

Remixer

Record labels will approach Producers to create different styles of a song to break into new markets or raise awareness of a new artist, or DJs may require different mixes for radio or live uses. Work as a Remixer will almost certainly be ‘on spec’, which means that you will be offered short-term individual projects for a set fee each time.

Remixer

Music remixer

Professional DJ

DJs play and mix records to encourage people to dance or to keep an atmosphere at a club or festival. Either in one style or a mixture of styles. They’ll also add drum machines or synths to their set or enhance their set by creating their own mixes using short samples of music or loops.

DJ

Professional Dj

Ghost Writer

Often when a record company wants to market an inexperienced musician or producer an experienced ghostwriter may be discreetly brought in to help. A ghostwriter writes lyrics and/or melody in the style of the credited musician / producer, with little input from them.

Ghost Writer

Ghost Writer

Recording Engineer

Recording Engineers run the recording session with oversight from the producer. They may also be responsible for setting up equipment in the studio prior to the session, and discussing with the producer or musical act what they want the end product to sound like.

Recording Engineer

Recording Engineer

Live Sound Engineer

This Engineer’s primary responsibility is to operate the soundboard during a live performance. The Live Sound Engineer is also involved in soundcheck and the placement of equipment in preparation for a live performance.

Live Sound Engineer

Live sound engineer

Assistant Engineer

The Assistant Engineer works in the recording studio and is responsible for assisting the recording engineer with set up, recording tracks, and mixing. He works as directed by the recording engineer.

Assistant Recording Engineer

Recording Engineer

Mastering Engineer

This Engineer is responsible for taking the final mixes of recordings that have been sent by a studio, band or artist for finishing touches and processing such as EQ (equalisation), compression, and maximisation.

Mastering Engineer

studio mastering-engineers

Foley Artist

A Foley artist reproduces everyday sound effects that are added and edited  into film in post production to create and enhance a realistic audio experience.

Foley Artist

Foley Artist

On Location Recordist

The Recordist is responsible for recording all sound on set or on location. Knowledge of microphone and recording equipment and techniques is essential.

On Location Recordist

On location recordist

Artist Manager

An Artist Manager works on behalf of groups or artists to promote the artists’ careers and run their business affairs including liasing with labels etc.

Artist Manager

Artist manager

Broadcast Engineer

Broadcast engineers work in a range of locations and situations. They may carry out studio, set work or post production operations. They could also be involved in outside broadcast where sound and images are relayed back to a studio or straight to a network.

Broadcast Engineer

Broadcast Engineer

Music Journalist

Music Journalists mainly write about music and the music business. Some music journalists work exclusively in reviews such as releases and shows. Other journalists tend to do more in depth pieces about musicians or genres by doing interviews and cover the people behind the music.

Music Journalist

Music Journalist

Concert Promoter

A Concert Promoter is in charge of putting together concerts. Promoters need to find the money required to promote a concert by either raising money or investing his or her own, so in their early days seldom make a large profit. Once established however this can be a lucrative field.

Concert Promoter

Concert Promoter

Prod Audio Supervisor

This role requires flexibility to work both in the studio and on outside broadcasts for TV. A major part is mixing sound, so understanding of the technicalities of music is essential.

Post Production Supervisor

Post Production Supervisor

A&R Representative

A&R is responsible for scouting new talent, signing it to a label and then overseeing all aspects of the process that leads up to the delivery of all finished recordings.

A&R Representative

A&R Representative

Booking Agent

A Booking Agent is responsible for booking live performances including gigs, tours and radio and TV performances for artists, bands, DJs, choirs, orchestras and other musical ensembles.

Booking Agent

Booking Agent

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