Careers in Music

Careers in Music

Our internship network is growing all the time

Contemporary Music Careers List
Contemporary Music Careers List

Thanks to the help of our Career Services center and the fact that Santa Fe is the second-largest art market in the US. The Career Services staff spends their time developing new connections to make sure that you get hands-on experience before you leave campus – and that means working in the industry. Internship work comes in a lot of different shapes and sizes. You can find work in venues including music festivals, broadcasting companies, recording studios, marketing companies, music education centers, and booking and scheduling offices. You could be working with musical groups, or on promotional videos, audio sound work, youth media projects, audio storytelling, and more. Just tell us what your passion is: we can help you make it a reality.

Our alumni do amazing things: whether it’s cutting an album and touring nationally and internationally with a band, creating scores and soundtracks for television and film, competing at festivals like South By Southwest, or going on to stellar graduate programs around the country. Our alumni get nominated for Grammies, win Independent Music Awards, compete on “The Voice,” hear their music on MTV, work with stars as vocal coaches, and so much more – and you’re going to join their ranks.

Music Production and Contemporary Music Careers List:

  • Instrumentalist, Vocalist, On-Air Personality or other performance musician
  • Recording Engineer / Sound Engineer
  • Audio Technician / Sound Technician/ Production Mixer
  • Boom Operator
  • Music Producer / Audio Post Production
  • Audio Engineer
  • Music Video Producer
  • Vocal Artist / Recording Artist
  • Talent Manager / Booking Manager
  • Music Promoter / Concert Promoter
  • Music Publicist
  • Music Business Manager
  • Music Teacher / Music Instructor
  • Private Music Instructor / Instrument Teacher
  • Voice-over Artist
  • Music Composer / Music Arranger
  • Music Publisher
  • Music Librarian
  • Stage Manager
  • Music Licensing Administrator / Copyright & Royalty Administrator

Where to get a Job in the Music Industry:

  • Conservatories / Studios
  • Orchestras: Philharmonic, Symphony, and Chamber
  • Armed Forces Bands and Orchestras
  • Small Ensembles / Local / Regional Bands
  • Rock or Jazz Groups
  • Dance Bands
  • Concert Soloists
  • Clubs and Restaurants
  • Opera / Ballet Companies
  • Musical Theatres / Theatre Groups
  • Radio, Television, and Motion Picture Industries
  • Cruise Lines / Amusement Parks
  • Record / Production Companies
  • Music Publishers
  • Broadway
  • Virtual Reality Sound Environments: Internet Sites, Software Creators, Game Designers, App Designers

Visiting Artists: Contemporary Music

Every year, the Contemporary Music department brings in professionals and musicians from across the industry. Here’s a sampling of individuals who have visited in the past few years, and worked directly with music students:

  • Alan Munde (Recording artist, banjo player)
  • Biggi Vinkeloe - Desert Sweets Trio (Composer, performer, flute, Alto Saxophone, has performed internationally with diverse musical groups)
  • Brian Allen
  • Dino J.A. Deane (multi-instrumentalist, sound designer, conductor)
  • Elliott Rogers
  • God-Des and She (Hip-hop/pop/soul duo, currently performing internationally)
  • Kate Reid (singer, songwriter, activist)
  • Ozomatli (seven piece band, known for their vocal activism and variety of musical styles, including: salsa, jazz, funk, reggae, rap)
  • Public Enemy (hip hop group, four certified gold or platinum albums, known for activism within African American community)
  • Sean Tyrrell (Irish musician, recording artist)
  • Thollem McDonas (pianist, improviser, composer, singer-songwriter, touring performer, musical educator)
  • The H@T
  • Roshan Bhartiya (Indian musician, sitar player, music educator specializing in classical Indian music)
  • Al Faaet
  • Wind Up Birds
  • Steve Smith and the Hard Road Trio (southwestern bluegrass group, regularly tours the country)