This is how long it takes a listener to know if they like a song or decide to move on to the next one in their playlist.
When looking for a stable job, the same story is repeated. It takes 7.4 seconds for a recruiter to decide whether your resume as a musician moves to the next phase of the hiring process.
That’s why your music resume can’t be like any other CV for any other job. With this guide, you will learn how to make your CV adapted to the music sector to get a job. Let the show begin.
Example of Musical Curriculum
Jesús García Iniesta
Ctra. de Siles, 61
698 235 029
Guitar teacher, oriented to urban styles such as jazz, blues, and rock, with more than 6 years of professional experience in the music sector and more than 8 years dedicated to my training as a musician and sound technician. During my years as a guitarist, I have had the pleasure of collaborating with musicians from all over the country and from different parts of Latin America.
Tritoma SL, Plasencia
October 2016 – Present time
- Training of musicians for Jazz, Blues, and Rock at intermediate and beginner levels.
- Conducting individual and group classes for 30 people per academic year.
- Conducting classes online.
- Preparation of students for live concerts.
- More than 10 of my students are professionally engaged in music.
- More than 80% of my students went to the next level.
Assistant Music Producer
Estudio Reno, Huelva
June 2014 – September 2018
- Collaboration in the recording and editing of more than 50 musical projects.
- Care of equipment and musical instruments.
Communication and planning recording sessions.
- 500,000 total views of the projects I collaborated on.
Electric guitar studies
Francisco Escudero Conservatory, San Sebastián
September 2008 – June 2014
Superior Degree in Audiovisuals and Shows
IES Usandizaga, San Sebastián
September 2006 – June 2008
- Knowledge of guitar applied to urban music.
- Passion for teaching.
- Effective communication.
- Sound knowledge.
- Guitar repair.
- Youtube channel: Guitar and Jazz (2,000 subscribers)
- Possibility of immediate incorporation.
This is how you make a curriculum vitae of a musician that can project your most professional facet as No other candidate for the position.
You may have experience as a musician. You may not have much. Do not worry. We are going to see step by step how to do something like the previous example but adapted to your professional context. Let’s get started.
Choose a Format and Template for your Music Resume
The template of your CV will be as important as the cover of a disc. Even musicians need to take care of the visual aspect, in addition to the sound:
- The most common structure for most professions is usually the reverse-chronological one. However, if you have an unstable trajectory within this sector, you can opt for a functional structure or a combined one.
- You can use a more creative and original design, but don’t overdo it with the use of icons, graphics, or too eccentric fonts.
- Save your CV in PDF and Word format. Depending on the company you contact, they will ask for one or the other.
- As if it were a 3 minute and 30-second song, try to keep your resume no longer than the size of a page. Although if you have experience in the world of music that is really relevant to the position, feel free to add a second sheet.
You may not be famous (at the moment). In this case, it will be difficult for others to recognize you just by the image. You will need to tell them who you are and how to contact you. The data that you must indicate are:
- Full name.
- Mobile number.
If you have an online portfolio, you can add the link to this or other data that may be of interest, such as the profile of LinkedIn or another social network in which you show your skills as a music professional. Read our article about the contact information in the CV.
Profile or Professional Objective
The extract will be the equivalent to the biography you can have as a musician on Spotify, only without extending it in your personal life. This should be focused on the most relevant characteristics of you as an art professional.
If you have a broad and solid career as a music professional, your CV can start with a Professional profile in which you show your responsibilities and most important and relevant achievements for the position you are looking for.
If, on the contrary, you do not have much work experience in the world of music, you can create an extract focused on your academic training or your professional goals within music: where do you want to go, why do you contact them, what you can contribute to the institution.
Since each job offer is different, you will need to modify your statement for each one you want to present. If you need more information on how to make an extract, see our guides on the professional profile and professional objectives.
The most important part is the CV of any professional. The single of your application. When presenting your experience, try to comply with the following points:
- Start with your most recent position and continue with the others chronologically.
- In each experience, try to include the following:
- The technical name of your position.
- Name of the company you worked for.
- Start and end dates.
- List of no more than 6 points about your most important responsibilities and achievements.
- Try to provide quantifiable information so that the recruiters get an idea of where you are capable of going.
- Focus your responsibilities and achievements on what the institution looks for in you as a professional.
- If you don’t have work experience, try to include your own projects, as a freelance or as a freelancer, internships, volunteering, blogs in which you write, audiovisual projects, etc.
Pro Tip: Not all your experience has to be necessary inside the world of music. If, for example, you are looking for a job as a music teacher, having been a teacher for other types of subjects could help to show your teaching skills.
If you want to go into more detail about the experience section, Check out our guide on how to expose work experience.
You may not have studied at the School of Rock by Jack Black. In any case, you may have academic music training or related to the world of sound or making shows. All of this can be highly relevant to your musician’s CV.
If, on the other hand, you do not have much work experience, you can add between 4 and 6 points in your academic titles explaining what you learned in them and the most outstanding and relevant achievements for the job offer.
Pro Tip: If your academic training as a musician is more important and relevant than your professional experience, you can alter the order of the sections and place your education above the trajectory work.
Skills and Skills
It may seem like a less important section. But keep in mind that not many musicians have the skills and knowledge necessary to carry out their responsibilities effectively.
Examples of skills in a music resume
- Advanced knowledge of flamenco music.
- Teaching skills.
- Advanced knowledge in sound and recording.
- Repair of instruments.
- Effective communication.
- Communication with children.
- Pleasant treatment.
According to an Info jobs report on the Spanish labor market, the ability to adapt to change is one of the skills most valued by companies today. Keep in mind that, after the appearance of Covid-19, your responsibilities may be affected.
Before copying these examples as if you were multinational plagiarizing songs by little-known artists, find out about the job offer and about the philosophy and ethics of the institution to put your most outstanding skills and adapted to what they are looking for in you as a music professional.
Do you want to know more about soft and hard skills? Read our guide on Skills and Skills in the Curriculum.
In some cases, your language level may be important to practice as a music professional. You may have to collaborate with international musicians or give music classes to foreigners.
When including your level of languages, do not put the typical “middle English” in your CV as a musician. Instead, try to use the measures of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages:
- A1 – Beginner
- A2 – Elementary
- B1 – Basic intermediate
- B2 – Intermediate
- C1 – Advanced intermediate
- C2 – Professional
In this way, your linguistic knowledge will have greater credibility and it will be easier for human resources managers to know your exact level.
You finish the concert and the audience asks you for one more to put the finishing touch on your performance. In the same way, you should have prepared a section with additional information that completes your application with details that you have not been able to include in other sections of your curriculum vitae as a musician. These are some of the details you can add:
- Recorded albums.
- Collaborations with important artists.
- Performances at events.
- Collaboration in renowned studios.
- Links to your own projects on YouTube, Instagram, Spotify, etc.
- Link to your online Portfolio.
- Additional courses.
- Availability of incorporation.
Include your Cover Letter and a Portfolio
As a musician looking for a job, you will have to communicate perfectly in the language of music, also in the written language through a cover letter. This is of fundamental importance when it comes to personalizing your candidacy and differentiating yourself from other candidates for the position. In it, you will be able to expose details of your career and projects that you have not been able to explain in your curriculum vitae as a musician.
A cover letter for a musician should follow the following planning:
- You should use a cover letter with a design similar to that of your musical resume template.
- Again, your cover letter should have a size between one-half and one-sided maximum.
- Use polite and correct language without abusing formalities.
- Explain clearly and briefly how you can contribute to their successes.
- Finish your cover letter by raising the idea of an interview or conversation (in person or remotely) plus a simple and cordial farewell.
Pro Tip: If you see that you do not get any response to your application, write a short email or make a short call requesting some information about the situation of the l selection process. In this way, you will show a greater interest in the position than most candidates.
If music is the soundtrack of life, your resume will be the script so that the selectors know the name and information about each song. Only by taking into account every detail will you be able to continue developing in one of the most beautiful and self-sacrificing professions in our world.
Show must go on.