How to Become a Music Producer

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Becoming a music producer involves gaining an understanding of both composing music and working in the music industry. In the past, a music producer was also referred to as a record producer, because most music was sold on vinyl records. Today, however, music producers may be involved in creating digital music, as well as DVDs and CDs. The Bureau of Labor and Statistics estimates that the rate of job growth for both musicians and music directors, such as music producers, will be about 10 percent by the year 2020.[1]


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Education Varies
Starting pay $21,720[2]
Median pay $45,970[2]
10 yr growth Average: 10%[1]
Related professions Composer, singer
Author Selena Robinson
 

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Music Producer Job Overview

A music producer is involved in almost every part of the recording process. Depending on the type of song, a producer may be asked to help write the lyrics or music, play the backing music, or add background vocals to the track. Producers may also write their own songs for artists to record. A major part of a music producer's job is to help artists gain exposure. As a result, they may be involved in marketing and distribution of the finished album.[3]

Music Producer Education

Some record companies may require that music producers have completed a certain level of higher education, such as a bachelor's degree or master's degree. Those who attend music producer degree programs generally learn how to write and compose music, as well as how to operate recording equipment. The majority of music producers must also learn how to play a musical instrument, which they can do while obtaining a degree in Music.[4]

Becoming a Music Producer Without School

However, for those who prefer not to go to college, it is possible to become a music producer without school. Since producers need to operate engineering equipment, they must spend a lot of time in the recording studio learning how to use standard production devices, including soundboards and mixers. This may require volunteering to work in a studio for free or as an intern.[5]

Music Producer Training

Most of the important training for a music producer involves gaining an "ear" for music. To do this, an aspiring producer must listen to music as much as possible, particularly the genre with which he or she wants to work. New producers should also spend a lot of time creating their own music, which they can give out to new artists. Gaining name recognition can help a new music producer make connections with notable artists and executives in the industry.[6]

Getting Started as a Music Producer

Recording producer explains how to get started in the industry


Also See: How To Become a Background Vocalist, How to Become a Session Musician, How to Become a Singer, How to Become a Music Writer, How to Become a Composer

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 http://www.bls.gov/ooh/entertainment-and-sports/music-directors-and-composers.htm#tab-1
  2. 2.0 2.1 http://www.bls.gov/ooh/entertainment-and-sports/music-directors-and-composers.htm#tab-5
  3. http://degreedirectory.org/articles/Music_Producer_Become_a_Music_Producer_in_5_Steps.html
  4. http://www.recordingconnection.com/reference-library/recording-entrepreneurs/how-to-become-a-music-producer/
  5. http://musicgoat.com/5-steps-to-becoming-a-music-producer#sthash.5t8yNpRZ.H2LNajAc.dpbs
  6. http://blog.dubspot.com/becoming-a-music-producer-part-1-what-does-it-mean/