We want to make it easier for you to access music industry opportunities. Though this comes in many forms, we are here to help you make the first steps. Whether it means reaching out in search for a specific job, a simple introduction with hopes of a future job, or just to make contact for positive collaborations, here is a list of places you should put on your radar. Many of them are Chicago-based (like us!) but some of them are not, and some of them have far reaches across the world.

Venues

If you’re trying to get close to the industry, there are many routes to take. Interning, serving, or bartending are great ways to get your foot in the door if you’re looking to get behind the scenes at venues. Taking part time jobs at these places can help you get your name affiliated with the music scene, and see what goes on in preparation for a show.

The Beat Kitchen

Bottom Lounge  

Chop Shop

Empty Bottle

The Hideout

House Of Blues

Lincoln Hall/Schubas Tavern

The Metro/ Park West

The Promontory

Sleeping Village

Thalia Hall

Co-Prosperity Sphere

Labels and Studios

Labels are constantly looking for interns. Sometimes this is not ideal but if you’re in the beginning of your career, internships are a good way to get yourself noticed and become comfortable doing hands-on work. You can also apply to do freelance work for labels, which often includes searching for new talent, show or band promotion, music reviews, and more. Though the companies in this category range in size, it doesn’t hurt to shoot the smaller ones an email. Introduce yourself, don’t be shy about your passions, you never know who might have a position for you or who they can connect you with. As for the bigger ones, looking on their careers link on their website is also a great start. 

Record Labels

Bloodshot Records

Downtown Records

Equal Vision Records

Fueled by Ramen

Secretly Canadian

Polyvinyl

Paradigm Talent Agency

Private Stock 

Need More? Here’s a A Longer List

Studios

Fort Knox

Gravity Studios

Honeyjam Records

Music Garage

Superior Street

Treehouse Records

Radio/Video Production

Some people say radio’s dead- we don’t. Working at a radio station can provide you with a wide range of business skills. Most colleges have radio stations that host a wide range of content. This variability can help you figure out how to most successfully hone in on your passion in the industry.

Similarly, video-based sites are also on the rise these days as organizations provide stripped down studio time for budding artists. Though these may seem like simple productions when you are watching them, people behind the scenes greatly contribute to making it what it is. The amount of elements to this can also help you figure out where you might find your strengths in production.  

Audiotree

DePaul Radio

iHeartMedia, Inc.

JBTV

WFMT

WGN

WLUW

WXRT

Organizations/Charities

Volunteering with charities or music-affiliated organizations is an important angle that is often overlooked in the industry. Tabling at events can help you meet people who might have hands in a different side of the industry which might hold your passions more closely. Sometimes we don’t have the money for an event, even if we have the time. Volunteering for an organization can get yourself into a show while also helping a foundation for a worthwhile cause.

Hope For The Day

Headcount

Intonation Music

Global Music Project

Our Music My Body

The People’s Music School

Foundations of Music

Global Citizen

High Concepts Lab

AMFM Life

Push Beats

Open Beats

Publications

Submitting your articles, photos, or interviews to smaller publications is a great way to build your resume. Freelance writing doesn’t always pay, but it encourages your work, builds discipline and increases comfort in the publishing process. Publications constantly have open calls for work and always need to grow content so submitting can never hurt. Contact some places directly in order to put your name and style on their radar.

Anchr Mag

Hooligan Mag

Listen to the Ladies

Music Business Worldwide

Pwr Magazine

Substream

Noisey

Alternative Press

Vibe Up Magazine

Consequence of Sound

Chicago Haze