Financial/Artistic Balance

Find a balance between musical fulfillment and financial security.

Gigging and Sideline Work

This helpful gig and freelance handbook covers important details related to getting gigs, marketing yourself, gig contracts, and record keeping:

pdf Successful Gigging and Freelancing

Many career musicians seek part-time employment in other fields to supplement their income.

See also these resources:

pdf Sideline Job Resources

And here are some frequently musician-friendly part time jobs:

pdf Sideline Work


Salaries and Financial Resources

Average faculty salaries: Annual survey by the American Association of University Professors.
The Chronicle of Higher Education (April, 2011).

The Orchestra Compensation Reports
Concertmasters, Music Directors, Music Executives

Average Orchestra Administrator Salaries

Music Careers in Dollars and Cents
Includes music positions in performance, education, writing, business, audio tech, therapy, emerging paths.
(Prepared by the Career Development Center, Berklee College of Music, 2012)

Music Teacher Salary

Finding ways to make you money work for your music is an important skill for any musician. Resources for financial and other assistance for musicians seeking a financial/artistic balance are in the PDF below.

pdf Financial Resources for Musicians

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Personal Finance Apps

Here are some apps to better manage your own finances so that your money can better serve your creative vision.

pdf Personal Finance Apps

Career Transition

Thinking about pursuing work outside of music full time? These resources will help provide perspective and inform your decision as you move forward. Includes experiences of other musicians, career transition  advice, and back to school resources.

pdf Career Transition

Careers Office

The Careers offices at both Eastman and the University of Rochester are available to help both alumni and current students. See their websites for information about advising sessions and other resources.

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