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Career Resources

Advice on Music Careers

DePaul Career Center - General career advice
2112 - Chicago's first business incubator focused on development of entrepreneurs in music, film/video and creative industry-focused technologies
Chicago Artist Coalition - Previously known as Chicago Artist Resource, this platform hosts job and performance opportunities
Navigating Music Careers - Rice University's Shepard School of Music offers a variety of resources
Bulletproof Musician
Future of Music Coalition - Education, research and advocacy for musicians
Music Career Articles and Resources by Gerald Klickstein
Guide to Careers in Music - info about 150+ careers in music
Startup Musician An honest and humorous blog by a LA freelancer.
Teaching Artist Guild - resources for musicians in the teaching artist community

Arts & Entrepreneurship

U.S. Small Business Adminstartion - Independent federal agency to aid, counsel, assist and protect small business interests. Free counseling is available!
Astrid Baumgardner, arts career coaching and training - Resources for career goal and financial planning, and strategies to identify your strengths to create your own success.
Bob Baker "The Buzz Factor" provides tips and resources on music marketing. Highly recommended!
Music Marketing Blog |
Freelancing & Media Resources - Eastman School of Music - Institute for Music Leadership
Lessons from a Street-Wise Professor by Ray Ricker
The Musician's Way: A Guide to Practice, Performance and Wellness by Gerald Klickstein
Butts in the Seats
The Singer's Audition and Career Handbook (Pre-Order) - For Vocalists

Auditions & Jobs

DePaul Handshake - a "LinkedIn" type network for members of the DePaul community. Set up a profile, use keyword searches. Many local job opportunities are posted.
YapTracker - for vocalists
Bridge: Worldwide Music Connection Please visit this page for information on free access for current DePaul students.


Bridge: Worldwide Music Connection - DePaul has an institutional subscription for all current students
YapTracker - for vocalists
Summer Music Festivals​

American Institute of Musical Studies, Austria

Apple Hill Center, NH

Aria International Summer Academy, MA

Aspen Music Festival, CO

Aston Magna Festival, MA

Atlantic Music Festival, ME

Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival, MA

Banff Center for the Arts, Canada

Bard Music Festival, NY

Baroque Performance Institute, OH

Berkshire Choral Festival, MA

Blossom Music Festival, OH

Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, MI (many faculty and staff positions open each year)

Bowdoin International Music Festival, ME

Brevard Music Festival, NC

Britten-Pears School, England

Canada's National Arts Centre Summer Music Institute, ON

Castleton Festival, VA

Centrum Summer Workshops, WA

Chautauqua Institution, NY

Colorado College Summer Music Festival

Conductor's Institute, SC

Credo Chamber Music, OH

Curtis Summerfest, PA

Domaine Forget, Quebec

Eastern Music Festival, NC

Euro Music Festival Leipzig

Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, AK

France Festivals (in French)


Gold Coast Chamber Music Festival, CA

Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, VT

Heifetz International Music Institute, VA

Hot Springs Music Festival, AR

InterHarmony International Music Festival

Interlochen Arts Festival, MI

International Music Institute and Festival, MD

Killington Music Festival, VT

Lake George Music Festival, NY

Lake Placid Institute, NY

Manchester Music Festival, VT

Mannes Summer Programs, NY

Marrowstone Music Festival, WA

Meadowmount School of Music, NY

Mozarteum University of Salzburg, Austria

Music Academy of the West, CA

Music Academy International, Italy

Music at Menlo, CA

National Orchestral Institute, MD

National Youth Orchestra of the USA

New Hampshire Music Festival, NH

Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, CT

Opera in the Ozarks, AR

Orford Arts Centre, Canada

Pacific Music Festival, Japan

Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy, Canada

Philadelphia International Music Festival, PA

Pierre Monteux School, ME

Pine Mountain Music Festival, MI

Ravinia Festival, IL

Rocky Ridge Music Center, CO

Round Top Internation Festival-Institute, TX

Sarasota Music Festival, FL

Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Germany

Sewanee Summer Music Festival,TN

Sitka Summer Music Festival, AK


Summer Brass Institute and Festival, CA

Summit Music Festival, NY

Tanglewood Music Center, MA

Taos School of Music, NM

Texas Music Festival, TX

Tuckamore Festival, Canada

University of North Carolina School of the Arts, NC

Vancouver Symphony Orchestral Institute at Whistler, Canada

Walden School Creative Musicians Retreat, NH

Wintergreen Summer Music Academy, VA

Yellow Barn Music School and Festival, VT



Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE)
Fractured Atlas fiscal sponsorship for individuals/ensembles
ArtistShare is for artists to connect directly with fans and share perks and exclusive access in exchange for financial support
Kickstarter, IndieGoGo, and Feed the Muse are crowd sourcing platforms

Instrument Repair

​Flute Asylum - Woodwind - Chicago, IL
Mclaughlin Violins - Strings - Chicago, IL
Dana Hofer Brass Repair, Inc. - Brass - Des Plaines, IL
Cutting Edge Repair (Claire Cutting) - Reed Instruments - Evanston, IL
PM Woodwind Repair - Woodwind - Evanston, IL
John K. Becker Company - Strings - Chicago, IL
SMR Double Basses - Double Bass - Evanston, IL
M.E. Brune, Luthier - Strings - Evanston, IL
Cassandra Strings - Strings - Evanston, IL
Third Coast Guitar - Guitar - Chicago, IL
Carl Becker & Son, Ltd. - Strings - Chicago, IL
A 440 Violin Shop - Strings - Chicago, IL
Mark Nagy Instrument Repair - Brass/Woodwinds - Chicago, IL

Legal Issues

ASCAP - Performing Rights Organization (P.R.O.) How artists receive royalties.
- Performing Rights Organization (P.R.O.)
How artists receive royalties.
Harry Fox Agency
- music licensing--use this site if you need to request the rights to record a song
Music Dealers - a music licensing company based in Chicago. Upload public domain or original music to be placed in television, movies, commericals, etc.
U.S. Copyright Office
- Learn about copyright laws
Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts - free and discounted legal advice

LinkedIn Learning: Free Online Software Training

For unlimited free access to a vast online library of instructional videos covering the latest software, creative, and business skills. Taught by accomplished teachers and recognized industry experts, LinkedIn Learning is a high-quality resource for students, faculty, and staff looking to develop skills in Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, Grant writing, Google Analytics, Mac & Windows, SPSS, Tableau, databases, web design, social media, photography, audio & video, design, animation, business, and a wide range of other topics. You must enter your Campus Connect credentials to access the free subscription.

Orchestral Opportunities

Civic Orchestra of Chicago - training orchestra of the Chicago Symphony
League of American Orchestras
Musical Chairs - overseas and U.S. auditions
International Musician - the musician's union newspaper


Local Recording Studios
Fullerton Recording
Music Garage
IV Labs Chicago

Online Music Distribution
Bandcamp - sell digital downloads from personalized webite
CD Baby - sell your CD online and distribute your music to iTunes, Amazon, etc.
Disc Makers - press and package your CD
IndieBible - directory of resources for independent musicians
ReverbNation - digital distribution and other tools

Salary & Negotiation

DePaul Career Center - Salary & Negotiation Advice
​Glassdoor - Free Salary Calculator
SalaryExpert - Free Salary Calculator - Guide to Salary Calculators - Providing Salary History to Employers - Providing Salary History to Employers - Negotiation Strategies

Teaching Artist Resources

Booth, Eric. The Music Teaching Artist's Bible: Becoming a Virtuoso Educator. Oxford University Press. 2009.
Jaffe, Nick. Becca Barniskis, Barbara Hackett Cox. Teaching Artist Handbook: Volume 1: Tools, Techniques, and Ideas to Help Any Artist Teach. 2013.
Rajan, Rekha S. Integrating the Performing Arts in Grades K-5. 2012.

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