Profession music producer

Music producers are responsible for acquiring music to be published. They listen to demos of songs and determine whether they are good enough to be published. Music producers oversee the production of records. They manage the technical aspects of recording and editing.

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Personality Type

  • Artistic / Enterprising
  • Enterprising / Realistic
  • Artistic / Investigative

Knowledge

  • Musical theory

    The body of interrelated concepts that constitutes the theoretical background of music.

  • Musical genres

    Different musical styles and genres such as blues, jazz, reggae, rock, or indie.

  • Copyright legislation

    Legislation describing the protection of the rights of original authors over their work, and how others can use it.

  • Musical instruments

    The different musical instruments, their ranges, timbre, and possible combinations.

  • Financial jurisdiction

    Financial rules and procedures applicable to a certain location, whose regulatory bodies decide on its jurisdiction

Skills

  • Implement strategic planning

    Take action on the goals and procedures defined at a strategic level in order to mobilise resources and pursue the established strategies.

  • Manage staff

    Manage employees and subordinates, working in a team or individually, to maximise their performance and contribution. Schedule their work and activities, give instructions, motivate and direct the workers to meet the company objectives. Monitor and measure how an employee undertakes their responsibilities and how well these activities are executed. Identify areas for improvement and make suggestions to achieve this. Lead a group of people to help them achieve goals and maintain an effective working relationship among staff.

  • Assess financial viability

    Revise and analyse financial information and requirements of projects such as their budget appraisal, expected turnover, and risk assessment for determining the benefits and costs of the project. Assess if the agreement or project will redeem its investment, and whether the potential profit is worth the financial risk.

  • Liaise with financiers

    Liaise with people willing to finance the project. Negotiate deals and contracts.

  • Perform market research

    Gather, assess and represent data about target market and customers in order to facilitate strategic development and feasibility studies. Identify market trends.

  • Develop professional network

    Reach out to and meet up with people in a professional context. Find common ground and use your contacts for mutual benefit. Keep track of the people in your personal professional network and stay up to date on their activities.

  • Negotiate with artists

    Communicate and negotiate with artist and artist management about prices, terms and schedules.

  • Manage budgets

    Conduct cost estimates and budget planning. Monitor the budget, as well as costs and expenses. Forecast the budget development continuously. Report on the budget.

  • Identify music with commercial potential

    Identify if music has commercial potential or not by listening to demos. Make a decision based on your expertise and market trends.

Optional knowledge and skills

record multi-track sound marketing principles edit recorded sound supervise sales activities musical notation types of audiovisual formats manage sound quality supervise sound production audiovisual products audio editing software sales activities assess sound quality hire background musicians coordinate activities in audio recording studio convert different audiovisual formats use audio reproduction software operate an audio mixing console audiovisual equipment implement marketing strategies accounting techniques promote music plan marketing strategy