Executive Music Producer

Take charge of all production aspects in the creation of musical recording.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$45,000 – $112,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Executive Music Producers do?

An Executive Music Producer in the music industry holds the business and creative control over the production of a track – or an entire album. As an Executive Music Producer, you’re the Designer, and you create the frame for what’s being presented to the listener. You’re ultimately who is behind the success or failure of a track.

If you work independently or at a small label, you’ll be the boss and control everything from band selection to promotion budget. These responsibilities might include song writing, orchestration, sound engineering, vocal arrangements, recording locations, hiring of Musicians, liner content, cover art, music distribution, and marketing plans.

If you take the big-label Executive Music Producer route, then you will be in charge of the budget, scheduling, and securing Recording Artists. The smaller details, such as implementing your ideas, will be passed off to other staff.

Either way, you’ll be in instrumental in creating music that you (and everyone else) love.

Should I be an Executive Music Producer?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.

  • How to Become an
    Executive Music Producer

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