Music Leadership Careers
Oberlin students are uniquely prepared to become future leaders in the music industry through their skills and training.
Our students explore art leadership topics from multiple professions by engaging directly with professionals in the music industry through visiting lectures, workshops, and summer internships while building their own professional portfolio.
Leadership skills will be in demand whatever your destination in the music industry – concert hall, jazz venue, museum, music festival, gallery space, recording studio, nonprofit organization, for-profit company, or your own business. There is a wide variety of opportunities and employers in this sector, and there is plenty of room for you to create your own initiative.
Roles and areas of interest could include:
- Executive director
- Artistic director
- Education and community engagement
- Content creator
- Music publisher
Orchestral job postings:
Opera auditions and vocal competitions:
Church and sacred music job postings:
- Yale Institute of Sacred Music
- American Guild of Organists
- National Association of Pastoral Musicians
Cruise ship jobs:
Audio engineering and acoustics job listings:
Arts administration jobs and internships:
- College Music Society (membership required)
- Chronicle of Higher Education
Examples of discipline-specific job listings:
Vacancy and research listings at European higher education institutions:
- Jazz Education Network (JEN)
Competitions and music festivals:
International arts and culture journals:
Examples of region-specific artist resources:
Services, programs, and technology solutions:
Professional development resources:
Legal resources for artists:
Tax resources and articles for artists:
- Freelance Tax and Finance
- 6 Tips for Preparing Documentation (Fractured Atlas)
- Musicians Guide to Reaching Organizational Nirvana in the New Year (New Music Box)
- Tax Issues for Musicians (Howland Tax Service)
Non-resident tax preparation for international students and scholars:
Connect with alumni through OberLink, Oberlin's student-alumni networking platform. Join the Career Community for Music Leadership to take part in conversations and learn about opportunities in your field.
Music Leadership Jobs & Internships
Below is a sampling of jobs and internships currently posted for Obies. Log in to Handshake to explore all of the available opportunities.