Music Industry

Published on September 28th, 2015 | by Alan Cross

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Dreaming of a Career in Music?

Dreaming of a career in music?

You love music, especially live performances and a career in the industry would be a dream come true. However, you can’t hold a tune, play an instrument or write a song.

Not to worry, opportunity still knocks! Have you ever thought about all the skilled people working behind the scenes at concerts and festivals? There are dozens of trades that support the music industry – heavy equipment operators transporting large equipment, general carpenters building the stages, electricians installing the lighting and electrical systems, truck and coach technicians maintaining tour buses, cooks preparing delicious food for the crew and talent, and many others.

Maybe one of these careers is for you. Imagine working backstage, meeting renowned musicians and being part of the success that goes into hosting some of the coolest gigs. Plus, these jobs pay well and allow you to develop skill sets that keep you in demand.

Want to know more? The Ontario College of Trades has launched a new campaign called Tune In, Trade Up, which highlights all the different skilled jobs involved in the music industry. While you’re there, check out the awesome video featuring footage from this summer’s WayHome and Boots and Hearts festivals – it showcases the people and the trades who make these events happen.

And be sure to keep visiting earnwhileyoulearn.ca/tunein for details on a new contest launching soon for your chance to win a backstage pass to one of Canada’s top acts.

Finally, don’t forget to follow the College on Twitter and Instagram @collegeoftrades so that you can stay plugged into music and the skilled trades. It’s a career option that is always in tune.

This post was sponsored by the Ontario College of Trades.





About the Author

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.


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