You are so musically gifted, you could make Kurt Cobain cry. Yet you don't get shortlisted, and you don't know why.

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You live in a world that is crippled with competition.

No matter how many gigs you land or shows you play at, your ideal musician job is just not within reach.....and you don't seem to know why.

There is no dearth of musicians in this world, and the need to make your mark is at an all-time high.

Your resume can make all the difference.

But the need of the hour is to write an ATS-targeted music resume. An average resume won't do.

For all you know, this is why you're not getting shortlisted!

But don't worry, we are here to help you write an ATS-targeted musician resume from scratch.

Here's a summary of our 2019 Music Resume Guide:

  • Use crisp one-liner points to document your roles & responsibilities and group similar points under unique subheadings: this will enhance the visibility and effectiveness of your resume
  • Endorse the key highlights of your career in each one-liner point by marking them in bold to direct the recruiter's attention to your key achievements
  • Don't create a generic resume for all your target jobs. Customize each resume as per your target profile
  • Write a music resume summary if you have vibrant professional exposure of over 3 years and a music resume objective if you have work experience of 0 - 3 years

That's not all.

By the end of this guide, you will become self-sufficient in composing music resumes from scratch and you will learn:

  • How to correctly frame your music resume
  • How to write an ATS-targeted musician resume
  • How to make your musician resume look more professional
  • How to enhance the readability of your resume

. . . . all so you can land your dream job as a musician!

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Use Hiration's Online Resume Builder to write a perfectly composed music resume from scratch.

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This will help you curate a music resume that will be just as graceful and heavenly as the hit song Hallelujah.

In this blog, we will cover the following topics:

Music Resume Sample

Before we begin, here’s our music resume sample demonstrating what a perfectly composed musician resume should ideally look like:

Award-winning Oboist with ~5 years of experience leading an orchestra and steering fundraising initiatives. Well-versed in formulating curriculum for students and aspiring musicians. Proficient in delivering and performing at various stages and art festivals. Dexterous in improvising to renowned symphonies and directing the orchestra as a substitute maestro.
  • Artist Collaboration
  • Team Incubation & Recruitment
  • Music Curriculum Design
  • Fundraising
  • Genre Adaptability
  • Networking & Relationship Management
  • Student Engagement
  • Event Management
  • Soundtrack Composition
  • Music Production
  • Primary: Oboe
  • Secondary: Cello, Guitar, Violin, Harmonica
  • Advanced Oboe Certification | NuDemy | '10
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
    • Associated with the Four Season Orchestra as an Oboist and a back-up Cellist
    Recruitment & Fundraising
    • Leading the musicians in the absence of the maestro to ensure that the practice schedule is followed
    • Recruited 10+ musicians in a span of 6 months to increase the strength of the team to 25%
    • Involved in fundraising activities as part of the "Western Music Revival" campaign to secure $5000 in funding
    • Assisted the maestro in finalizing symphonies to present during the opening weekend
    Key Achievements
    • Represented the orchestra at the Venice Music Festival and bagged the "Emerging Oboist of the Year" award
    • Promoted to primary oboist within a span of 3 months
    • Declared recipient of the 'Beethoven's Sonata Oboist' Award twice
      Networking & Relationship Management
      • Created networks & relationships and secured 25+ gigs for the students
      Curriculum Design & Student Engagement
      • Designed curriculum and activities for 100+ students and incorporated metronome in the learning for 50+ students
      • Successfully taught oboe, cello, violin, guitar, harmonica and percussion to 100+ students
      Music Competitions & Event Management
      • Collaborated with other art teachers and senior students to direct a Christmas musical
      • Prepared the students for 3 talent shows that led to a student securing 2nd position in a cello competition
      • Opened for the "The Last Shadow Puppets" at the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago in '16
      • Performed at the Sultans of the Notes Jazz Festival in '13
      • Represented the jazz band "Fly by the Pentatonic" at the Battle of the Bands and secured 3rd position
      • Played at the "Venezia Music Festival" with Pantera Orchestra
      INTERNSHIPS
        • Interned with the Music Director for the soundtrack of 2 movies under the banner of Magma Productions
        EDUCATION
          • Awarded the Holliger Scholarship for an impeccable performance

          Music Resume Job Description

          What do musicians do?

          Not one particular thing.

          A musician’s area of expertise may differ depending from musician to musician.

          While some specialize in the bass, some specialize in playing the light guitar, or the violin, or the cello, or the harmonica - and the list goes on and on.

          A musician’s life is vivacious and alive. It has the promise of showmanship embedded in their DNA.

          A musician may begin their career performing at gigs, and if they become famous enough, they may go on to live the dream life of selling their solo albums worldwide!

          The life of a musician is one that is smeared with the thrill and love for music.

          Like most unconventional professions, the life of a musician is a gamble. So if you are keen on starting a music career, you should be ready to pursue your passion and see it all the way through – even if it means sacrificing your youth to live this dream!

          If the prospect of breathing and living in music excites you, then read on!

          We are determined to get you your dream musician job!!

          Before we begin, get your resume professionally reviewed by our AI-powered Resume Review Service to get a detailed report on your existing resume within seconds!

          Music Salary: How much money do you make as a musician?

          According to the salary figures quoted on various websites, musicians make an average of:

          • Payscale: A musician or singer makes approximately $14 - 116 per hour
          • Ziprecruiter: A professional musician makes $19k - 88k per year
          • Glassdoor: A musician makes $30k - 71.9k per year

          What is a Music Resume & why do you need it?

          A music resume is a resume for musicians. In this case, it's a profile-specific resume for you.

          Your music resume is your digital professional identity. It is the first point of communication between you and the recruiter.

          If the hiring manager likes your musician resume, you get shortlisted. If they don't, you don't get shortlisted.

          But while we say this, we are not talking about just any average music resume. We're sure you have one already and perhaps that is the reason why you're not landing the job of your dreams too!

          Your goal here is to engineer an ATS-targeted music resume i.e. one which is curated in compliance with the ATS system.

          When you curate an ATS-targeted musician resume, it gets positively parsed by the ATS system. This means that your music industry resume has a higher chance of getting shortlisted.

          A couple of tricks and tips goes into the making of this shortlist-ready, ATS-targeted resume.

          And here's the best part:

          You'll learn all about it in this blog!

          In the meanwhile, feel free to use our Online Resume Builder. It is designed to get your musician resume parsed by any Applicant Tracking System (ATS) in the world!

          Music Resume Sections

          When it comes to curating the perfect musician resume, you need to compose the sections that we have mentioned below:

          • Header
          • Personal Information
          • Profile Title
          • Summary/Objective
          • Key Skills
          • Key Instruments
          • Professional Experience
          • Key Performance
          • Education
          • Certifications (if any)
          • Additional Information (if any)

          In the meanwhile, read Hiration's 2019 Guide to sections in a resume for a richer and more detailed explanation on resume sections.

          How to write a Music Resume

          Just like a chord progression, formatting your resume needs to follow a pattern.

          To compose a music resume that is just as striking as your music performances, follow the 3 stages of resume writing that we have mentioned below:

          • First Stage of Resume Writing: Master Musician Resume
          • Second Stage of Resume Writing: First Draft of Music Resume
          • Third Stage of Resume Writing: Final Draft of Musical Resume

          Master Music Resume

          You will not end up with a masterpiece of a resume in the first try. Not everyone can be Eric Clapton or Jimmy Page.

          That is why the first stage of resume writing i.e. the master music resume is important. This is the most crucial in writing a stellar music resume as it acts as a foundation on which you build your music resume.

          As part of this stage, you have to store all your career-related information - relevant or not.

          Compiling all your information in one place helps in the following ways:

          • Resume-writing in the present timeline: Having all your resources in one source means that you don't have to explicitly look for information. All you have to do is single out the relevant information of your work life that is relevant to your target profile, and boom! Your impeccable musician resume is good to go!

          • Resume-update in the future: The second best advantage of composing a master music resume is its utility in helping you curate your musician resume in the future. With the plethora of information, it becomes easy to update your resume in the future as you have all the resources you need with you - all in one place!!

          First Draft of Music Resume

          Composing the first draft of your musician resume is the second stage of resume-writing. All you have to do is compose the following sections as part of this stage:

          • Header
          • Personal Information
          • Profile Title
          • Summary/Objective
          • Key Performance
          • Education
          • Certifications (if any)
          • Additional Information (if any)

          Final Draft of Music Resume

          The final stage of composing your music resume includes writing the final draft.

          The final draft of your musician resume includes two things:

          • Compose the key skills section: This section is to be composed at the second-last after compiling the rest of your musical resume. Why? Because it is easy to pick the highlights of your career and replicate it in this section.

          • Compose the summary/objective section: Whether you write a music resume summary or a music resume objective depends on the number of work experience you have to your name. We will discuss this in detail in the summary and objective section of this blog. So stay tuned!

          Music Resume: Professional Experience

          The professional experience section of your musician resume is the heart and soul of your music resume.

          This section is to your music resume what your music performance is to your music career.

          If you can manipulate this section, you will be able to get a better shot at getting shortlisted for the music job of your dreams!

          Here's what you can do to perfection this section:

          • Use the STAR Format
          • Use one-liner points to talk about your roles & responsibilities
          • Use bucketing & bolding

          Before we discuss these in detail, head over to Hiration's Blog on how to compose the work experience in your resume straight away!

          It is a more detailed and comprehensive guide on composing the professional experience section.

          Here's a music resume sample showcasing what an ideal professional experience section of your musician resume should ideally look like:

          music-resume-professional-experience

          STAR Format

          Use the STAR format to structure each one-liner point in your musician resume. This helps you effectively curate your resume and makes it attractive to the recruiter.

          Before we discuss this, here's what the STAR in the STAR format stands for:

          • S stands for Situation. It discusses the situation that you are assigned a certain task in
          • T stands for Task. Here-in, you describe the task/activity that you were assigned in a certain situation to attain a specific goal
          • A stands for Action. This is the part where you describe the action that you undertook to meet the task that you were assigned
          • R stands for Result. Here, you describe the result of your actions by talking about your accomplishments in the form of performance figures

          Framing points in your Music Resume

          When it comes to composing your music resume, there are two things that you should know:

          • Do not use paragraphs
          • Use one-liner points

          Given below are two examples demonstrating why you should do this:

          Example 1

          "As part of my roles & responsibilities as a music teacher in Western Classical Academy, I was responsible for a range of tasks that were not limited to teaching music to students. The highlight of my career was when I prepared students for 3+ talent shows and one secured the 2nd position in a cello competition: a landmark achievement as the academy did not have a single star performer in the field of a cello before I joined the academy as a music instructor. Other responsibilities include curriculum design for over 100 students and collaborating with other teachers to put together 3 musicals in a year. The main areas of my expertise included teaching oboe, cello, violin, guitar, harmonica, and percussion to a total of 10 batches of students with 50 students in each batch".

          Example 2

          • Administered the design of a study curriculum with a focus on metronome for 100+ students
          • Taught oboe, cello, violin, guitar, harmonica, and percussion to 5+ batches
          • Collaborated with 5+ art teachers and senior students to direct 3+ musicals annually
          • Prepared students for 3+ talent shows leading to a student securing the 2nd position in a cello competition

          Framing Points: Analysis

          The key takeaways from the above 2 examples are listed below:

          • Example 1 and 2 are saying the same thing. While example 1 does so in approximately 10 lines, example 2 can communicate the same message in 4 crisp one-liner points
          • Example 1 is hard to read as it is bulky and does not have any line breaks. This is the biggest disadvantage of composing this section in paragraphs - it distracts the recruiter from reading your resume in its entirety
          • On the contrary, example 2 has an advantage over example 1 as it is reader-friendly. This encourages the recruiter to quickly skim through your music resume
          • Example 2 makes your musician resume easy to read, and easier to comprehend. This ensures that at least your resume is doing the bare minimum of getting the recruiter to go through your resume completely. This might not happen if you use paragraphs
          • Hence, you should use points instead of paragraphs to compose the professional experience section of your music resume

          Bucketing & Bolding in your Music Resume

          Bucketing & Bolding is to points, what ying is to yang. Both complement each other and should be used in sync with each other.

          Bucketing means grouping similar points together under one unique subheading, whereas bolding means highlighting some words to accentuate it.

          When you frame points, all it does is enhance the readability of your musician resume. When you use bucketing & bolding alongside points, it makes your resume look more professional and effective.

          Here are two examples to demonstrate this:

          Example 1:

          • Administered the design of a study curriculum with a focus on metronome for 100+ students
          • Taught oboe, cello, violin, guitar, harmonica, and percussion to 5+ batches
          • Collaborated with 5+ art teachers and senior students to direct 3+ musicals annually
          • Prepared students for 3+ talent shows leading to a student securing the 2nd position in a cello competition

          Example 2

          Student Engagement & Curriculum Design

          • Administered the design of a study curriculum with focus on metronome for **100+ students **
          • Taught oboe, cello, violin, guitar, harmonica, and percussion to 5+ batches

          Event Management & Music Competitions

          • Collaborated with 5+ art teachers and senior students to direct 3+ musicals annualy
            Prepared students for 3+ talent shows leading to a student securing the 2nd position in a cello competition

          Bucketing & Bolding:Analysis

          • Example 1 uses points while example 2 uses bucketing & bolding alongside points
          • Using bucketing & bolding makes your resume more organized and effective.
          • Because you have meticulously grouped your resume and highlighted the important aspects in bold, it makes it 10x easier for the recruiter to get a sense of your key achievements under each point without having to manually go through the entire point
          • This method of bucketing & bolding is thus seen as a highly effective way of composing a resume. Using this method makes your resume stand out. Moreover, this method is also seen favorably by the ATS system that we talked about earlier in this blog
          • Hence, you should use bucketing & bolding alongside points to compose your resume

          Music Resume: Header

          Your music resume header is the thing that goes on the top-most part of your resume.

          It is here that you should write your real full name. Doing this sees to it that your musician resume has an individual identity and life of its very own.

          Hiration Pro Tip: Never write "Resume" or "CV" as your resume header. You should strictly avoid this as it is implicit in your resume that it is a resume.

          Moreover, writing your name as your resume header comes with the added advantage of not being lost or mixed up or misplaced in a pile of resumes that crowd the recruiter's system.

          Here are some tips on how to curate this section:

          • Write your real full name as your resume header
          • Position it on the top-most part of your musician resume
          • Write your resume header in the font size of 16-20 font size
          • If you have a middle name, write your first name, followed by the first initial of your middle name in capital letters, followed by your last name
          • Eg: Michael Joseph Jackson should be written as "Michael J. Jackson"

          Read more about resume headers on Hiration’s 2019 Guide To Writing The Perfect Resume Header to learn how to compose the perfect header for your musician resume.

          If this seems like too much work, try Hiration's Online Resume Builder for ready-made design templates to curate your music resume without the hassle of having to manually arrange the size of each component of your resume.

          Given below is a music resume sample showcasing the perfect resume header for your musician resume:

          music-resume-header

          Music Resume: Personal Information

          To write a perfect resume that is just as impeccable and soulful as the last musical note you composed, it is essential that you perfect each section.

          This includes the personal information section. You need to perfect it too, and here's every reason why:

          The personal information is an often-overlooked section. This shouldn't be the case as this section carries with it vital contact details using which a recruiter gets in touch with you.

          Hiration Pro Tip: Compose this section with 100% accuracy as even the most minor mistake in composing this section might keep an interested recruiter from getting in touch with you.

          The personal information section consists of 3 things:

          • Updated Mobile Number
          • Professional Email ID
          • Location

          Feel free to read more about perfecting this section on Hiration's 2019 Guide to composing your contact information to get a better sense of how to perfect this section.

          Here's our music resume sample showcasing what an ideally composed personal information section should ideally look like:

          music-resume-personal-information-1

          Updated Mobile Number

          As a rule of thumb, you should mention only that contact number in your music resume on which you are available 24X7.

          Mentioned below are the top things you should remember when composing this section:

          • Use your country’s ISD code as a prefix before your phone number
          • Put a plus sign (+) before the ISD code
          • Write your updated mobile number after the ISD code
          • Eg: +1 65432 31981

          E-mail Address

          Your email ID is one of the most important parts of your contact information. It is the official and most-preferred mode of professional communication.

          Any employer who is interested in hiring you will necessarily prefer connecting with you over e-mails vis-a-vis mobile phone.

          This is why you should correctly compose your email address in your music resume.

          One spelling mistake can push you a whole lifetime away from getting the musician job of your dreams.

          The trick here is to write your professional email ID as professionally and as accurately as you possibly can.

          Hiration Pro Tip: Do not write jazzy names like michael.the.pop.king@xyz.com as your email ID. Instead, use michael.jackson@xyz.com as your professional email ID.

          Correct format: your-full-name@xyz.com.

          Location

          Mentioned below are the top guidelines that you should follow when composing the location in your resume.

          • In resume-writing language, location means your current city of residence
          • You do not need to mention irrelevant details of your location like your house address, street name/number, or locality name in your musician resume
          • Mention your city and state name if you are looking for a job in the same country. if you are looking for opportunities abroad, a brief mention of your city and country name is enough

          Music Resume: Profile Title

          What is a profile title but a statement of your latest professional standing?

          It reflects your latest job title, which goes on to tell the recruiter what your level of seniority in your chosen industry is.

          Here are a few rules & regulations that you should follow to compose the perfect profile title:

          • It is the second-largest text in your resume after the resume header
          • Compose your profile title in the size range of 14-16 font size
          • Do not exaggerate your job title in your musician resume

          In the meanwhile, get your existing musician resume professionally reviewed by our resume experts at Hiration.

          While you're at it, keep an eye out on the left bottom corner of this page for our AI-powered Resume Review Service.

          Take a look at our music resume sample below to learn what an ideal profile title should look like:

          music-resume-profile-title

          Music Resume: Education

          While relevant work experience is almost always preferred over a candidate's educational background, sometimes holding a degree from a renowned institution can help boost your chances of a shortlist.

          This is where the education section comes in.

          The education section of your music resume should include the following details:

          • Name of the school/university you have attended
          • Name of the courses you have pursued
          • The location of your school/university
          • Date of enrollment and graduation from each course (in month and year format)

          Arrange these points in the below-mentioned format:

          {Name of the school/university} | {Location} | {Dates} (in month and year format) {Name of the degree} | {CGPA}

          Learn more about composing this section with the perfection of a rockstar with Hiration's 2019 Guide on how to list education on your resume.

          Here's our music resume sample showcasing what the ideal education section of your resume should look like once you have finalized your music resume template:

          music-resume-education

          Music Resume: Certifications

          The certifications section is that section in your musician resume where you are expected to document your certifications.

          If you have done any relevant certification, list them down in this section of your musician resume.

          This section should ideally consist of the following details:

          • Name of the certification course
          • Name of the certifying body
          • Location of the certifying body
          • Enrollment and completion date of the course (in month and year format)

          Arrange these points in the format that we have mentioned below:

          {Name of certification} | {Affiliating Institution} | {Location} | {Date} (in month and year format)

          You can also read up more about it on Hiration's 2019 Guide on listing certifications on a resume.

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          The music resume template that comes with our resume builder will revolutionize your resume-writing experience!

          Given below is a music resume example depicting the ideal certifications section for your music industry resume:

          music-resume-certifications

          Music Resume: Internships

          When it comes to advancing your career in your chosen field, a good internship experience(s) can help.

          This is where the internship section can help.

          If you have any relevant internship exposure, list them down in this section.

          Here's a music resume example demonstrating what an ideally composed internships section should ideally look like:

          music-resume-internships

          Music Resume: Awards & Recognition

          To get the shortlist for the musician job that you want, you need to do more than just draft a killer music resume.

          You need to brag wherever possible. After all, your resume is a sales pitch and you need to convert your clients (in this case, the hiring manager).

          It is in this capacity that the Awards & Recognition section can help.

          If you were a star performer, were recognized for your exceptional musical skills, were acknowledged as the highest-grossing musician, list them all down in the Awards & Recognition.

          Making an impact is key, and talking about your career highlights in this section of your resume can boost your chances of a shortlist!

          While you're at it, you can try using our Online Resume Builder. You can edit the music resume template on our resume builder to suit your needs and qualifications.

          Music Resume: Additional Information

          Do you speak multiple languages?

          Do you have hobbies that may positively reflect on your skills as a professional?

          If you do, put them down in the additional information section of your music industry resume.

          Music Resume: Key Skills

          Are you musically talented?

          Can you play multiple musical instruments?

          Do you write impactful soul-stirring songs?

          If you can, then brag all about it in the key skills section of your musician resume.

          The key skills section, being one of the most important components of your musician resume, has to be carefully curated.

          You need to mention the most relevant skills of your music career as it might be a specific skill that the hiring manager is looking for.

          To perfect this section, here's what you can do:

          • Scrutinize the professional experience section and identify your core skills. After identifying them, single them out in the key skills section of your music theater resume.
          • Optimize this section further and tailor it to target the job listing that you are interested in. You can do this by identifying the keywords and replicating them in the key skills section as long as you can justify that you have these skills.

          For a more detailed account of how to perfect the key skills section of your music resume, read Hiration's 2019 Guide on what skills to put on a resume.

          You can also check out the music resume template on our Online Resume Builder and customize it to suit your needs. Our music resume examples will give you an insight into what a perfect music resume should look like!

          While you're at it, check out the musician resume example that we have mentioned below to know how you should effectively and ideally curate the key skills section of your resume:

          music-resume-key-skills

          Music Resume Summary

          Your music resume summary is one of the most crucial elements of your music theater resume. It needs to effectively communicate the highlights of your career and your professional caliber in a brief paragraph.

          Given below are the top things that you should know to write an effectively curated musician resume:

          • Write a music resume summary only if you have professional experience that transcends 3 years. If you don't have any relevant work experience yet or have very minimal work experience, compose a music resume objective instead
          • Your resume summary should ideally be 3-5 lines. Do not try to write over 5 lines of music resume summary
          • Your resume summary is a brief compendium of your career highlights. Make sure that you give an account of the most relevant and impressive adventures of your music career in your music resume summary

          Learn more about perfectly crafted resume summaries and how to curate them on Hiration's 2019 Resume Summary Guide.

          Now that you know the nitty-gritty of perfecting the summary section of your musician resume, take a look at our music resume sample below to learn what an ideal resume summary should look like:

          music-resume-summary

          Music Resume Objective

          You should only write a music resume objective if you fall into the below-mentioned categories:

          • You have no work experience
          • You're a fresh college graduate
          • You have very limited work experience of under 3 years

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          Key Takeaways

          • Write the dates in the month and year format across all sections in your music industry resume
          • Use reverse chronological order across all sections in your musician resume
          • Begin all the points of your work experience with a power verb
          • Use power verbs in the past tense for past profiles and projects and use power verbs in the present continuous tense for present profiles and projects
          • Use bucketing & bolding alongside points to enhance the readability of your musician resume and make it more effective
          • Write a music resume objective if you have 0 to less than 3 years of work experience and a music resume summary if you have over 3 years of work experience
          • Write the location in city/state format if you are applying for a job in the same country and use the city/country format if you are applying for a job in another country

          With this, you have reached the end of this blog.

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