See also Auditioning and Business of Music
Musical Vacancies – online vacancy management (muv.ac) – “A revolutionary new job platform for musicians, orchestras and ensembles.”
New England Conservatory Career Services Center – “offers professional development resources for all musicians.” Available to non-NEC students and institutions for an annual subscription fee. Their service Bridge: Worldwide Music Connection “provides 24-hr online access to a wide variety of opportunities in music.”
Director of the NECCSC Angela Myles Beeching has written a terrific book on developing a career as a musician, entitled Beyond Talent: Creating a Successful Career in Music – run, don’t walk, to get your copy.
A similar and complementary book is The Savvy Musician by David Cutler. Ditto!
Careers in Music – descriptions of music-related careers of all kinds: composing, arranging, film scoring, management, music ed, recording, music therapy, performance, and more. Also links to career resources and music-related associations.
Kickstarter – “A new way to fund & follow creativity.” “…a new form of commerce and patronage.” Kickstarter is a place to support creative projects of all kinds or to start a project and ask for support from others. A great idea for the arts in the 21st century!
Considering a Career in Music? – A series of articles on the subject by The Elison Institute
Navigating Music Careers (Rice University) – a series of brief video “lessons” on music career topics, such as teaching, freelancing, chamber music, orchestra, opera, auditioning, mental training, recording, staying healthy/preventing injuries.
College Music Society – The CMS maintains the MVL (Music Vacancy List), the top source of teaching jobs in higher education in North America. You must be a member of CMS to access the MVL.
HigherEd Jobs – “Now listing 18,970 jobs at 2,090 Institutions” Categories: Administrative, Faculty, Executive. Also listed by location and by Type (community college, 4-year institutions, part-time/adjunct).
Scholarly Hires – higher ed positions. Music positions are categorized by Instrument, Composition, and Theory
Academic Keys – like HigherEd Jobs; listings of all kinds of jobs in higher education institutions
Academic Coach – “Earnest exhortations and random tidbits for dessertating grad students, post-doctoral job hunters and tenure-track faculty”. See also the related commercial site, Successful Academic (academic consultant)
Chronicle of Higher Education Careers – listings in many areas, including music
Music Jobs – Listings (links) by the William and Gayle Cook Music Library of Indiana University. Needs updating. Not to be confused with….
MusicJobs.com – “Your daily link with the music industry”. Menu items: Find a Job; Forum; Blog; Employer Directory; Find People
Find a Gig – lots of links of various types.
IHS Performance Job Listings – The International Horn Society also maintains listings of orchestra jobs for horn.
Jobline – IHS posting of graduate assistantships and teaching positions.
Symphony Auditions: Getting Invited to the Audition – Part I, by Doug Yeo, Bass trombonist of the Boston S.O. Good article on how to apply for an orchestra job. See also Part II; Before the Audition, Audition Day, While on Stage, Between Rounds, Section Playing, If You Get Cut, Final Thoughts.
Online information on current classical music jobs for all instruments: symphony and opera auditions (worldwide), plus competitions, instruments, masterclasses, conservatoires (i.e. schools of music).
MusData – directory for symphony orchestras (currently 125 of them in the database) and musicians
Music Placement – Jobs – Indiana University – information on open positions for all music specialities
Music Career Development Network – Resources
MENC Career Guide for Music Education
Go Tour – resources for music tours
“Need a Job? Help Wanted at the NY Philharmonic” – NYT article on openings in major symphony orchestras
Becoming an Orchestral Musician: A Guide for Aspiring Professionals – book by Richard Davis
Five Essentials of a Music Career Success – article by Peter Spellman
Artists House Music – “Helping musicians and musicians create sustainable careers”
Oceanbound Entertainment – cruise ship gigs. See also Proship Entertainment
The Chicago Reading Orchestra – a professional development orchestra. Learn orchestral repertoire in a supportive environment.
IWBC – The International Women‘s Brass Conference web site has an Employment page.
Faculty recruitment – web site of a faculty recruitment firm
New Auditions – orchestral vacancies in the Netherlands. You can sign up for a free newsletter. Links to all the orchestras, chamber groups, wind bands, ballet orchestras and more.
My Auditions – a very useful site with content related to employment; you have to register, however, to receive the information (free; donations accepted). You can set up job alerts for orchestral jobs and teaching jobs, and there is a free monthly newsletter.
Playing Horn in the Big Apple – Article on Osmun’s web site by Jeffrey Lang on freelancing in New York City.
Classical Music Home Page – CMH offers international job listings, music web reference (Grove Online, Naxos music library, et al.), “diary service”, tickets, self-publishing, musician’s organizer, and news and events. Coming: CMH musician’s directory, personal homepage, store, classified.
“Musicians add second careers to their repertoires,” article in the L.A. Times.
“When it comes to careers, musicians learn to improvise” – article in USA Today
The Career Encouragement Blog – “Daily encouragement for your career journey”
Great Jobs for Music Majors – book by Jan Goldberg
16 Ways to Make Yourself Unfireable – this is an article for people who work in business, but it’s good advice for everyone
CoolWorks – no, this site doesn’t have anything to do with horn or music jobs. But if you’re looking for a summer (or year-round) outdoor job in camps, national and state parks, resorts, Antarctica, Alaska, zoos, etc. this is the place to come first.