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Musician Job Description

Musicians are professional artists who spend their time writing, performing, and recording music. They can work independently, with a band, or as part of an orchestra. A musician needs to be skilled at the instrument that they’re hired to play. They also need to know how to read music, record it, and write it. The average day of a musician can vary greatly based on their schedule. They might spend a few weeks writing songs, then most of their time rehearsing them after that. Then the musician might record the songs and go out to play them at shows and performances.

Employers who hire musicians tend to look for skill above all else. So someone who wants to work in this role needs to be an expert at the instrument that they play. But other factors that can play a role in the job search include professionalism, education, and previous experience.

Musician Job Description Template

We’re searching for a skilled musician to add to our team. In this role, you will be responsible for helping us write, record, and perform music. Some of your tasks will include writing lyrics, and showing up on time for rehearsals, shows, and studio recording sessions. As a musician on our team, you should be a master of the instrument that you specialize in playing. You should also be able to read music and be comfortable with performing in a wide variety of musical styles. We’d prefer to hire someone who is able to play multiple instruments.

To be successful in this position, you will need to be highly creative. You will also need to be able to use that creativity to create memorable pieces of music alongside our broader team of musicians. You should also keep yourself up-to-date on the latest happenings in the music industry to ensure that you don’t miss any meaningful trends.

If you think that you would be a good fit for this job, then reach out to us with your resume to begin the application process. We look forward to reviewing it.

Musician Responsibilities:

  • Write, record, and perform musical medleys alongside other musicians
  • Show up on time for all rehearsals, recording sessions, and performances
  • Keep yourself up-to-date on the latest happenings in the industry
  • Maintain a strong social media presence to generate interest in your ensemble
  • Help us build a positive brand image by giving interviews and making radio appearances

Musician Requirements:

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Mastery of the instrument that you specialize in
  • Ability to read music
  • The ability to play multiple instruments is preferred
  • Willingness to travel to play shows at different venues
  • A high degree of creativity

Musician FAQ

What tasks does a musician complete?

A musician plays, records, and writes music. They might spend more or less time on each of these tasks as dictated by the job that they’re hired for. For example, someone who’s hired to play in an orchestra will spend more of their time on rehearsals and performances. Whereas someone in a band might spend more of their time recording new songs.

What should I include in my musician help-wanted ads?

When you create your help-wanted ads, we recommend following the format that we’ve used above. Begin with a few paragraphs that highlight the most important aspects of your open musician position. Then create bulleted lists to show applicants the detailed responsibilities and requirements of the job.

Can I use your musician job description template?

Absolutely! We don’t mind if you use any of our job description templates. But it is important to update them with some information that can set your position apart from others that musicians in your area may also be considering.

Frequently Asked Questions about hiring a Musician

What is the best way to find and hire a Musician near me?
Online job boards are the best place to find qualified Musician applicants. Employers posting their Musician job on Indeed get about 14 applications from that board on average.
Which job boards should I post on to find Musician applicants?
You should post to multiple job boards at once. The most successful job postings for a Musician are on Indeed – but on average, employers post to 13 boards at the same time, using tools like Workstream. Publishing to multiple job boards at once helps you get your first applicant in 3 hours on average, which is shorter than the national average for Musician positions.
What's the best way to communicate with applicants looking for a Musician role?
SMS has 82% open rates which is higher than phone call or Email. Text to hire today!
Is it OK to text Musician job applicants?
Hourly paid workers, such as Musicians are actually more engaged when texting about jobs. We have found that text messages are 198% better than email at getting an applicant's response. Have a look at Workstream, which automates the process of texting and uses a phone number specifically assigned to your job post so you don’t have to use your personal phone.
Can I use a different phone number to engage Musician applicants via text message?
Yes, tools such as Workstream provide custom phone numbers that allow employers to engage with applicants through their tool without having to use a personal or business cell phone.

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