We’ve decided to discontinue the jobs board here at MusicianWages.com. I wanted to tell you why.
We’ve had the jobs board, in one form or another, on MusicianWages.com since the beginning. At first it was fed by RSS feeds from Craigslist and other jobs that listed musician jobs. But the quality of jobs varied greatly. Sometimes real gigs would pop up – but often the feeds listed crappy no-pay jobs that we would never recommend that our readers should ever seriously consider.
So last year we upgraded that portion of our site to a fancy new jobs board. We invited employers to post to the board and brought together all of the stakeholders that we could think of. For many months I personally hand-curated the jobs that we listed on the board – which was a lot of work and eventually I became too busy to continue.
We had some employers come to use the site, including Proship, who would often post available cruise ship musician jobs. Also, Geraldine Boyer-Cussac curated a list of music director jobs on the board for a long time (that list has moved to this link now). We also had some independent employers come to the site looking to hire musicians.
But with the exception of those outliers, the quality of the gigs that found their way to the jobs board has been remarkably low. We’ve often thought that the quality would improve as traffic grew – but traffic has grown and grown and the quality of jobs has never really changed.
We’ve decided that it’s time for us to throw in the towel and admit this truth to ourselves: the best musician jobs are not posted online.
I work on a Broadway show. The other musicians in my pit are incredible. We have the trombone player for the Rolling Stones, the trumpeter for Paul Simon, Frank Sinatra’s guitar player, our percussionist worked with Ron Carter, Bill Evans, k.d. lang, Luther Vandross – and dozens of others. It’s incredible to play with these guys – they are the absolute best of the best.
You know what? These guys don’t look for gigs on internet jobs boards. And neither did I when I got my gig.
So, then, I can’t in good conscience recommend that you do it either.
There are some gigs that you can find online. Church gigs, cover band gigs, military gigs. You can find those in pockets of the internet. And some of them are cool gigs. I’m not discounting that.
But the best jobs – the jobs that you can build a career out of – seem to reveal themselves in their own ways. As my wise friend Cameron says, “The hard part isn’t really finding the gig, the hard part is getting to the level where those gigs become available to you.”
Perhaps the truth is that you can’t find the best musician jobs. Maybe they find you.
So we’re dropping the jobs board. A traditional jobs board is just not how our industry works, and I suspect it never will. We want to bring the highest quality content to our readers, and the jobs board just wasn’t up to our standards.
So how to you get a gig? We have lots of advice about that. Just about everything we’re written on this site (400+ articles) is about how to find work. Click on the blog archives and take a look around, you are sure to find something.
Here’s a list of 10 articles that I recommend you could start with, and you’ll find many more like this:
- Getting Started As a Musician
- Getting Started As a Musician Part 2
- How to Find Work As a Gigging Musician
- How to Get a Musician Job at Disney World
- How to Get a Job as a Pianist
- How to Get a Cruise Ship Musician Job
- How Do I Get a Job After Music School?
- How I Became a Broadway Musician
- A Guide To Being a Successful Sideman
- How to Actually Make $50,000 a Year as a Musician
Thanks for reading!