Music Producers

Music Producer T-Bone Burnett

Music producers are responsible for the overall production of commercially recorded music. They work closely with recording artists and audio recording engineers to ensure everything runs smoothly and according to plan during a recording session. They monitor and control the technical aspects of a session, such as microphone placement, tracks used, sound and effects, musician needs, and anything else that influences the quality of the recorded music, as well as see to other needs of the musicians and recording engineers. They review prospective new artists, maintain ties with contracted artists, and may negotiate contract and recording arrangements. They also work on the final mixing and editing of the recording.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Responsible for the overall production of commercially recorded music
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Best opportunities are in Los Angeles and New York, but jobs are available throughout the country
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
School Subjects
  • Business
  • Music
  • Theater/Dance
Experience Internship; several year's experience
Personality Traits
  • Creative
  • Enterprising
  • Organized
  • Business Management
  • Leadership
  • Performance
  • Music
  • and Acting
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Decline
Career Ladder
  • Artist & Repertoire Executive or Award-Winning Producer
  • Music Producer
  • Music Production Assistant