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Working As a Music Producer

  • Getting Information
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $51,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Music Producer Do

Producers and directors create motion pictures, television shows, live theater, commercials, and other performing arts productions. They interpret a writer’s script to entertain or inform an audience.

Duties

Producers and directors typically do the following:

  • Select scripts or topics for a film, show, commercial, or play
  • Audition and select cast members and the film or stage crew
  • Approve the design and financial aspects of a production
  • Oversee the production process, including performances, lighting, and choreography
  • Oversee the postproduction process, including editing, special effects, music selection, and a performance’s overall tone
  • Ensure that a project stays on schedule and within budget
  • Promote finished works or productions through interviews, advertisements, and film festivals

Large productions often have associate, assistant, and line producers who share responsibilities. For example, on a large movie set an executive producer is in charge of the entire production, and a line producer runs the day-to-day operations. A TV show may employ several assistant producers to whom the head or executive producer gives certain duties, such as supervising the costume and makeup team.

Similarly, large productions usually employ several assistant directors, who help the director with tasks such as making set changes or notifying the performers when it is their time to go onstage. The specific responsibilities of assistant producers or directors vary with the size and type of production they work on.

Producers make the business and financial decisions for a motion picture, TV show, commercial, or stage production. They raise money for the project and hire the director and crew. The crew may include set and costume designers, film and video editors, a musical director, a choreographer, and other workers. Some producers may assist in the selection of cast members. Producers set the budget and approve any major changes to the project. They make sure that the production is completed on time, and they are ultimately responsible for the final product.

Directors are responsible for the creative decisions of a production. They select cast members, conduct rehearsals, and direct the work of the cast and crew. During rehearsals, they work with the actors to help them more accurately portray their characters. For nonfiction video, such as documentaries or live broadcasts, directors choose topics or subjects to film. They investigate the topic and may interview relevant participants or experts on camera. Directors also work with cinematographers and other crew members to ensure the final product matches the overall vision.

Directors work with set designers, costume designers, location scouts, and art directors to build a project’s set. During a film’s postproduction phase, they work closely with film editors and music supervisors to make sure that the final product comes out the way the producer and director envisioned. Stage directors, unlike television or film directors who document their product with cameras, make sure the cast and crew give a consistently strong live performance. For more information, see the profiles on actors, writers and authors, film and video editors and camera operators, dancers and choreographers, and multimedia artists and animators.

Although directors are in charge of the creative aspects of a show, they ultimately answer to producers. Some directors also share producing duties for their own films.

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How To Become A Music Producer

Most producers and directors have a bachelor’s degree and several years of work experience in an occupation related to motion picture, TV, or theater production, such as an actor, film and video editor, or cinematographer.

Education

Producers and directors usually have a bachelor’s degree. Many students study film or cinema at colleges and universities. In these programs, students learn about film history, editing, screenwriting, cinematography, and the filmmaking process. Others major in writing, acting, journalism, or communication. Some producers earn a degree in business, arts management, or nonprofit management.

Many stage directors complete a degree in theater and some go on to receive a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree. Classes may include directing, playwriting, set design, and acting. As of May 2015, the National Association of Schools of Theatre accredited more than 180 programs in theater arts.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Producers and directors might start out working in a theatrical management office as a business or company manager. In television or film, they might start out as an assistant or another low-profile studio job.

Advancement

As a producer’s or director’s reputation grows, he or she may work on larger projects that attract more attention or publicity.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Producers and directors must coordinate the work of many different people to finish a production on time and within budget.

Creativity. Because a script can be interpreted in different ways, directors must decide how they want to interpret it and then how to represent the script’s ideas on the screen or stage.

Leadership skills. A director instructs actors and helps them portray their characters in a believable manner. They also supervise the crew, who are responsible for the behind the scenes work.

Time-management skills. Producers must find and hire the best director and crew for the production. They make sure that all involved do their jobs effectively, keeping within a production schedule and a budget.

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Music Producer Career Paths

Music Producer
Composer Director Of Music Director
Founder And Chief Executive Officer
7 Yearsyrs
Composer Director Of Music Program Director
Chief Executive Officer
8 Yearsyrs
Composer Director Of Music Art Director
Communications Director
6 Yearsyrs
Producer Executive Producer
Senior Producer
7 Yearsyrs
Producer Production Manager Project Manager
Product Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Producer Production Manager Senior Project Manager
Director Of Project Management
12 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Project Manager Product Manager
Senior Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Account Manager Marketing Manager
Product Marketing Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Account Manager Product Manager
Product Management Director
12 Yearsyrs
Video Editor Owner Director
Director Of Strategy
11 Yearsyrs
Video Editor Manager Marketing Manager
Digital Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Video Editor Manager Product Manager
Product Director
11 Yearsyrs
Manager Production Manager
Vice President Of Production
8 Yearsyrs
Supervisor Owner Creative Director
Digital Director
9 Yearsyrs
Supervisor Director Creative Director
Content Director
7 Yearsyrs
Owner Owner And Founder Social Media Manager
Manager Of Digital Media
5 Yearsyrs
Artist Editor Content Manager
Web Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Artist Social Media Manager Manager Of Digital Media
Digital Media Director
7 Yearsyrs
Artist Editor Executive Producer
Head Of Business Development
7 Yearsyrs
Executive Producer Senior Editor Content Manager
Digital Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Yearly Salary
$51,000
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$30,000
Min 10%
$51,000
Median 50%
$51,000
Median 50%
$51,000
Median 50%
$51,000
Median 50%
$51,000
Median 50%
$51,000
Median 50%
$51,000
Median 50%
$86,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Apple
Highest Paying City
Cupertino, CA
Highest Paying State
New York
Avg Experience Level
3.8 years
How much does a Music Producer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Music Producer in the United States is $51,128 per year or $25 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $30,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $86,000.

Real Music Producer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Broadway Producer-Musical Theatre RCM-Media New York, NY Mar 17, 2015 $150,000
Broadway Producer-Musical Theatre RCM-Media New York, NY Sep 01, 2012 $150,000
Broadway Producer-Musical Theatre RCM-Media New York, NY Sep 01, 2010 $150,000
Broadway Producer-Musical Tehatre RCM-Media New York, NY Mar 15, 2010 $146,000
Broadway Producer-Musical Theatre RCM-Media New York, NY Sep 01, 2010 $146,000
Music Producer Dalosa, Inc. CA Apr 29, 2016 $135,096
Chinese Music Producer, East Asia Cultural Specialist Pro Unlimited, Inc. Cupertino, CA Aug 04, 2015 $87,360
Music Producer Anomaly Partners LLC New York, NY Sep 02, 2015 $80,000
Music Producer Test-DOL Atlanta New York, NY Jun 10, 2011 $75,000 -
$90,000
Music Producer No Shame LLC New York, NY Oct 01, 2010 $70,000
Integrated Producer, Music Crispin Porter & Bogusky, LLC Santa Monica, CA Aug 23, 2013 $60,000
Junior Integrated Producer, Music Crispin Porter & Bogusky, LLC Santa Monica, CA Aug 23, 2013 $60,000
Integrated Music Producer Crispin Porter & Bogusky, LLC Santa Monica, CA May 04, 2012 $60,000
Music Producer & Audio Engineering Director Karmaloop, LLC D/B/A Karmalooptv.com and Karmaloop Boston, MA Sep 28, 2011 $51,480
Music Producer Spencer Music & Entertainment, LLC Miami, FL Sep 17, 2015 $45,664
Music Producer Lennar Corporation Miami, FL Sep 15, 2015 $45,510 -
$50,000
Music/Audio Producer Audio and Music Factory, LLC Grand Prairie, TX Sep 28, 2016 $45,000
Music Producer Sonido Music and Antro Post Inc. Miami, FL Oct 01, 2015 $44,662
Music Producer Sonido Antro Music and Audio Post, Inc. Miami, FL Oct 26, 2015 $44,662
Junior Integrated Producer, Music Crispin Porter & Bogusky, LLC Santa Monica, CA Oct 01, 2010 $42,000
Music Producer Mark Saunders New York, NY Sep 15, 2010 $42,000
Music Producer and Sound Engineer Igloo Music Corporation Burbank, CA Sep 30, 2013 $39,277

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Top Skills for A Music Producer

  1. Local Artists
  2. Audio Equipment
  3. Music Production
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Marketed local artists and various products to walk-in and regular clients on a daily basis.
  • Inspected and tested sample phonograph records, using optical instruments and audio equipment.
  • Managed music production company's day-to-day operations.
  • Interact well with others to ensure that everyone involved with a track or album shares a vision for success.
  • Specialize in audio/video productions for a wide variety of artist and record labels.

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Top 10 Best States for Music Producers

  1. New York
  2. California
  3. Utah
  4. Mississippi
  5. North Dakota
  6. Rhode Island
  7. Missouri
  8. Nevada
  9. Nebraska
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Music Producer Demographics

Gender

Male

76.0%

Unknown

15.4%

Female

8.5%
Ethnicity

White

57.7%

Hispanic or Latino

19.2%

Black or African American

11.8%

Asian

7.4%

Unknown

4.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

42.7%

French

13.5%

German

7.9%

Mandarin

4.5%

Portuguese

4.5%

Korean

3.4%

Italian

3.4%

Chinese

3.4%

Russian

2.2%

Japanese

2.2%

Hebrew

2.2%

Swedish

1.1%

Turkish

1.1%

Hindi

1.1%

Dutch

1.1%

Danish

1.1%

Georgian

1.1%

Norwegian

1.1%

Cantonese

1.1%

Albanian

1.1%
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Music Producer Education

Schools

Full Sail University

27.9%

Berklee College of Music

19.2%

Musicians Institute

5.8%

New York University

5.4%

Los Angeles Film School - Hollywood

3.8%

Los Angeles Recording School

3.8%

University of California - Los Angeles

3.8%

Academy of Art University

2.9%

Belmont University

2.5%

Columbia College Chicago

2.5%

Temple University

2.5%

Miami Dade College

2.5%

Art Institute of Atlanta

2.5%

University of Miami

2.5%

Middle Tennessee State University

2.1%

New York City College of Technology of the City University of New York

2.1%

Georgia State University

2.1%

University of Washington

2.1%

University of Massachusetts Amherst

2.1%

Institute of Audio Research

2.1%
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Majors

Music

33.9%

Business

9.5%

Communication

6.9%

Engineering

5.7%

Entertainment Business

5.5%

Photography

4.3%

Computer Science

4.1%

Audiovisual Communications Technologies

3.7%

Graphic Design

3.6%

General Education, Specific Areas

3.5%

Psychology

2.5%

Fine Arts

2.4%

Marketing

2.4%

English

2.3%

Digital Media

1.9%

Liberal Arts

1.9%

Electrical Engineering

1.6%

Education

1.6%

Political Science

1.5%

Writing

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

40.9%

Other

31.9%

Associate

10.0%

Masters

7.8%

Certificate

5.4%

Diploma

2.2%

Doctorate

1.4%

License

0.4%
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