Music Agents and Scouts

Music Agent Scooter Braun

An agent is a salesperson who sells artistic talent. Music agents act as the representatives for musical performers such as musicians, singers, orchestras, bands, and other musical groups, promoting their talent and managing legal contractual business. Music scouts search for musical talent at clubs, concert halls, and other music venues. Approximately 13,230 agents and business managers of artists, performers, and athletes are employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Promote music talent to record companies, advertising firms, film and television studios, and other organizations; manage the careers of talent
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Best opportunities are in Los Angeles, New York City, and Nashville, and other cities with a strong music scene
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Business
  • Music
  • Speech
Experience Internship
Personality Traits
  • Enterprising
  • Organized
  • Outgoing
  • Business Management
  • Interpersonal
  • Performance
  • Music
  • and Acting
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Head of Talent Agency
  • Music Agent and Scout
  • Assistant to Agent