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.
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.
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.
Need More? Here’s a A Longer List
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.
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.
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.