What it takes:

  • Your job search arsenal (depending on your area of interest) includes a web portfolio, demo, resume, and business cards.
  • Performers: actively seek out as many performance opportunities as possible from day one.
  • Think big. Explore career directions your degree can take you.
  • Cross boundaries: AEMM and Music students can work together to increase your impact.
  • Document your work. Arrange for audio and/or video recordings of your work.
  • Get a website. Web Agent and Virb can help you promote yourself.
  • Network, network, network. Relationships will get you work, so get out and meet people.

At Columbia:

AEMMP Records - Student run record label through the AEMM department

Student Programming Board (Biggest Mouth Open Mic nights, “Write Ya Life” Music Conference)

Practice Space Reservations in The Music School

In Chicago:

CAR (Chicago Artist Resource)

National non-profit through to assist musicians and industry related individuals in need.  Often offering services such as free dental clinics.

Blogs and Information on the Web:

Lefsetz Letter
Industry Blog Written by an Entertainment Lawyer, Bob Lefestz.  Often redundant and long winded, but worth subscribing to see what Bob’s getting angry about.

Bob Baker:
Another industry vet that tweets regularly with links to insightful articles on exposing your music and the industry.

Mark Mulligan’s Music Industry Blog
Blog run by Music executive Mark Mulligan.   Also good for following the bigger industry.

Thorny Bleeder
Music Industry Blog and Podcast mostly looking at marketing and branding topics of entrepreneurship

Digital Music News

Linkedin Groups:

Music Industry Network
Music and Entertainment Professionals

Music Services and Platforms:

Post and share your music.  Join groups and find potential collaborators.  License your music with Creative Commons for fair use by others.

Upload your music solely with Creative Commons licensing to share or sell.

Creative Commons
Establish your own copyright licenses for the use and attribution of your music.


Monetize your music or post it for free.

License and sell your music to Amazon, Spotify, MOG, eMusic, etc.

Post your or your band’s profile, music, and available dates for venues across the US.

Online Job Boards

One of the few free job boards with regular posting for music industry related job openings all over the country.

Chicago Artist Resource Jobs
Not a wealth of postings, but they are all local opportunities.

ProMedia Job Board
Free Audio Related positions for all over the country.

Entertainment Careers
Paid job board, but it can be openly searched to see what kind of opportunities are available.