music sector

Career in Music sector

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Music is a vehicle of communication that can create and transmit ideas, and generate emotions and feelings. One of the best talents to be blessed with is the inborn ability to sing or play a music instrument. But, translating this talent into commercial success is a long hard road. The attraction is the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Successful performers in the music industry are the cynosure of all eyes.

Industry prospects

The music industry is booming on the back of the surge in television channels, film production, theater performances, radio channels, advertisement industry, demand from educational institutions for teaching music, etc.. The film industry itself creates a tremendous demand for music. Remember, that the Indian film industry produces more films than the USA and Japan combined. Remember that every Indian film is replete with music. Thus, it comes as no surprise that there is growing demand for professionals from the music industry


To seek admission to a Certificate Course, a Diploma Course or an Undergraduate Course, the candidate should have passed the Higher Secondary Certificate or 10+2 examination or any equivalent examination. The Certificate Courses are of 1 year duration, the Diploma Courses of 2 years duration, the Graduate Courses of 3 years duration and the Post Graduate Courses of 2 years duration.

Course Content

The course content includes the history of music, composition of music, voice modulation, music theory, music interpretation, etc.

Courses Available
i. Certificate Course in Music;
ii. Certificate Course in Music and Dance;
iii. Certificate Course in Music Appreciation & Dance;
iv. Diploma in Music;
v. Diploma in Tabla;
vi. Diploma in Sitar;
vii. Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) Music;
viii. Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts / Music / Dance / Drama);
ix. Bachelor of Arts (Tabla);
x. Bachelor of Fine Arts (Tabla);
xi. Bachelor of Arts (Music);
xii. Bachelor of Fine Arts (Sitar)
xiii. Master of Arts (Music);
xiv. Master of Philosophy (Music);
xv. Ph. D (Music)

Leading institutes and colleges

i. SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai;
ii. Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata;
iii. M. S. University, Baroda;
iv. University of Delhi, New Delhi;
v. Rukminidevi College of Fine Arts, Chennai;
vi. Kala Academy’s Goa College of Music;
vii. Faculty of Music and Fine Arts, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi;
viii. Indira Sangeet Vishwavidyalaya, Khairaghar, Maharashtra;
ix. Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, New Delhi;
x. Sangeet Bhavan, Vishwa Bharati, Gujarat;
xi. Ganesh Natyalaya, New Delhi;
xii. Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra, College of Music & Dance, New Delhi;
xiii. Shri Krishnadevaraya University, Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh;
xiv. Akhil Bhartiya Gandharv Mahavidyalaya Mandal, Miraj, Maharashtra;
xv. University of Kolkata, Kolkata

Job profile

The music industry has niches for many different types of employment.
i. Composer;
ii. Songwriter;
iii. Music Critic or Music Journalist;
iv. Disc Jockey Radio Jockey / Video Jockey;
v. Music Arranger;
vi. Music Producer;
vii. Music Therapist;
viii. Music Teacher;
ix. Vocal or Instrumental Performer;
x. Artiste Manager / Public Relations

The choice of a specific field in which to build a career would depend largely upon individual interest and capability. A career in music is gradually finding acceptance as a mainstream activity.

Employability Skills

i. Passion for music (35%);
ii. Creativity and Adaptability (20%);
iii. Open mind with ability to accept criticism (10%);
iv. Appetite for sheer hard work, dedication, determination and patience (20%);
v. Talent, ambition and self-confidence (15%)

Prospective Employers

The field of music has wide ranging scope for employment. The explosion of the Information, Communications and Entertainment sector has opened up attractive vistas for those who have in the music industry. Music channels and general entertainment channels have multiplied on television in the last decade. Every advertisement that appears has a jingle that is the output of the music sector.

Leading Employers

The major employers in this area are:
i. All India Radio and private FM music channels;
ii. Television channels;
iii. Film, advertisement, etc production houses;
iv. Educational Institutions and Kala Kendras;
v. Government of India and State Governments for Departments of Culture;
vi. Hospitals (for music therapists);
vii. Newspapers, journals, magazines (for music critics)

Apart from commercial employment, there is also ample scope for self-employment as a music teacher (vocal or instrumental) by either organizing private tuition classes at home or starting a private music school. One more option is to freelance as a performer on individual contract basis.

Compensation Packages

There is no reliable data about the earnings in the music industry. But, it is known that the first few years in the industry are difficult ;until the day of the breakthrough. The general public reacts to every successful performer as if he were an overnight success. But there is always years and years of hard work put in before that day. The industry is competitive but success could lead to the kind of lifestyle of which you have only dreamed. The music industry professionals who achieve even average success live a fairly lavish lifestyle.

Pluses and minuses

Pluses  An opportunity to live your dreams;
Success means recognition and an enhanced social status;
Earning can be quite lucrative once you are recognized

Minuses  It takes many years of hard work to reach anywhere near success;
Talent is not always recognized and that can make the career frustrating;
Recording studios,, etc. often call for performances at odd hours.

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