The Music Business:

For all those who want to start a career in the music industry

Germany is the fourth largest music market in the world and recorded growth of 2.2%. Musicians and music teachers are not the only people in the music industry - the majority are people in more than 10,000 companies. They organise concerts and festivals, produce singles, albums or sounds for advertising clips, market and promote bands or write about new artists for magazines and radio programmes. The music industry is divided into four main areas: live entertainment, recorded music, publishing and management. You can find an overview of the different job profiles here.

The top 10 music markets 2022, Source: FPI Global Music Report 2023

Turning your music hobby into a career: What many consider to be a dream job is in fact a lucrative business. The turnover of the German music industry in 2021 was 6.1 billion euros. However, the music industry also suffered considerably from the coronavirus pandemic. The live entertainment industry in particular continues to be plagued by fewer tickets sold than before and repeatedly cancelled shows. Nevertheless, the market was already able to recover somewhat in 2022 and stable growth is forecast for the coming years. The music industry is the right place for you if you are creative, innovative and open to a dynamic and lively industry that is always in tune with the times.

The sales revenue of the German music industry 2021/2022 in bn euros, Source: Monitoringbericht Kultur- und Kreativwirtschaft 2022

There are various ways to enter the music industry. You can learn directly at the company with a traditional vocational training programme and combine this with theoretical knowledge at vocational school. You can find an overview of various apprenticeships here. A (dual) degree programme is also possible. Based on your interests, you have the opportunity to specialize early in a field that aligns with your future. You can find an overview of study options here. Would you first like to gain an insight into the industry itself and work opportunities? Then perhaps an internship is the right path for you. You can find current jobs and internships here. The industry also thrives on newcomers and career changers as well as adaptable professionals who keep up to date with training and further education.