Performing Arts: Music, Dance, Theater, Film, and TV
Administration, Education, and Associations
Museums and Galleries
Fellowships, Grants, and Scholarships
Industry-Specific Internship Links
A place where all musicians can receive informational support, guidance, and expert resources to help them navigate the challenges and maximize the opportunities available to them within the music industry.
The site known as the complete online performing arts resource.
Lists jobs and internships in the entertainment industry and has links to other resources.
Institute of Audio Research
The Institute of Audio Research's 600-hour Recording Engineering and Production (REP) Program offers both the in-depth technical knowledge and hands-on skills needed to begin a career in the recording industry as an assistant recording engineer or an entry-level audio technician.
General theater information and link to casting calls and other job opportunities.
Jobs in the entertainment industry.
American Association of Museums
Offers information about its annual conference, a bookstore of its publications, and a section devoted to museum careers. The association's monthly newsletter, Aviso, is available online, along with selected job postings.
Performing Arts Presenters (Arts Presenters) is a vital resource for the performing arts community. It includes 1,600+ members in the United States, Canada, and internationally.
Site for "Americans for the Arts," a national organization striving to make the arts more accessible to Americans.
College Art Association
CAA supports all practitioners and interpreters of visual art and culture, including artists and scholars, who join together to cultivate the ongoing understanding of art as a fundamental form of human expression.
College Music Society
Consortium of college, conservatory, university and independent musicians and scholars.
A free listing of job opportunities in the art world produced by the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
An online exchange that connects freelance professionals with the clients who hire them.
An e-zine with information on museums and museum career opportunities.
The Museum Employment Resource Center
Job listings in the museum world.
The Museum-L e-mail list
An ongoing conversation of several thousand museum professionals. It also includes many job announcements and advice for graduate students.
Theatre Communications Group
Publishes ArtSearch, a directory of opportunities in the arts, with particular emphasis on the performing arts. A six-month subscription costs $40.
100 Careers in the Music Business Crouch, Tanja L. Hauppauge, NY: Barron’s, 2001. Descriptions of specific job titles in various sectors of the music industry include the sections: Job Description, Prerequisites, A Day in the Life, Pointers for the Job Search, and Case Studies. “Voices of Experience” and “Career Tips” sidebars and an appendix complete the directory.
An Actor’s Guide: Making it in New York City . Alterman, Glenn. New York: Allworth Press, 2002. From the back cover: “The ultimate guide for actors who dream of succeeding in New York. Aspiring talents and established professionals alike will find this thorough and up-to-the-minute volume chock-full of resources and advice: where to live, where to study, how to network…” Information on auditioning, interviewing, “survival jobs,” personal managers, reel creation, professional connections, nontraditional venue opportunities, headshots, and avoiding scams.
Artists Communities: A Directory of Residencies That Offer Time and Space for Creativity Obalil, Deborah, and Caitlin S. Glass, eds. New York: Allworth Press, 2005. From the back cover: “Provides a comprehensive index of more than 300 residency programs worldwide, along with profiles and photographs of ninety-five leading artists’ communities in the United States. Each community is described in extensive detail…. Included are charts specifically designed to help artists find the best residency program for their creative and personal needs…. [F]or visual and performing artists to filmmakers, composers, and writers.”
Beyond Talent: Creating A Successful Career in Music.Beeching, Angela Myles. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005. From the back cover: “Understanding the unique talents and training of musicians, Beeching presents a wealth of creative solutions for career advancement in the highly competitive music industry. Step-by-step instructions detail how to design promotional materials, book performances, network and access resources and assistance, jumpstart a stalled career, and expand your employment opportunities while remaining true to your music…. Guidance is also provided on grant writing and fundraising, day jobs, freelancing, and how to manage money, time, and stress.”
Booking Performance Tours: Marketing and Acquiring Live Arts and Entertainment . Micocci, Tony. New York: Allworth Press, 2008. From the back cover: “The quintessential guide for anyone involved in the touring of live arts and entertainment—as a producer, artist, presenter, agent, manager, or attorney. Industry insider Tony Micocci shares keen insights on: Relationships among producers, agents, managers, and presenters; Negotiating styles; Taxation; Technology; Ethics in professional dealings; Booking strategies; Nonprofit versus commercial touring; Special considerations for booking Broadway and popular music; International touring; External factors affecting the field.”
Regional Theatre Directory . Ax, Barbara, ed. Dorset, VT: Theatre Directories, 2002. From the back cover: “Long recognized as the foremost resource of its kind by the theatrical profession, this unique employment guide is a valuable aid to performers, directors, designers, technicians and staff. Redesigned with a fresh look, the 2002-2003 edition still contains all the information theatre professionals rely on to update their knowledge of the job market for the season. In an easy-to-use format, the Regional Theatre Directory gives you: Employment/Internship Directory for Professionals and Students in ALL areas of theatre; 435 Professional Regional and Dinner Theatres; Current Information; Audition procedures; Internship opportunities—non-acting positions, etc.; Nation-wide listing of drama specialty bookstores; Reviews of career development books—written by working actors; Resource list of service organizations and periodicals.”
Studio Art and Multimedia
Careers by Design: A Business Guide for Graphic Designers. Goldfarb, Roz. New York: Allworth Press, 2001. From the back cover: “A leading headhunter reveals the secrets for survival and success to design professionals seeking their first—or next—permanent position. The author provides an intensive survey of the graphic design field, full of the expertise she has gained in her work with hundreds of corporations and firms worldwide…[F]urnishes information about creative and marketing opportunities in each sector of the design business, including brand design, print design, and Web production.”
The Artist’s Guide to Public Art . Basa, Lynn. New York: Allworth Press, 2008. From the back cover: “Part how-to and part manifesto, [this book] assists artists in navigating the ‘system,’ working efficiently, and standing up for their worth and their rights. Through the first-hand accounts from experienced public artists and arts administrators, studio artists at every career level will discover tips for the best ways to find, apply for, and win public art commissions…. Following business etiquette; Running an efficient business; Writing compelling letters of interest; Preparing a proposal and a budget; Winning sales techniques; Coordinating with project managers; Contracts; Dealing with conflict and controversy; Presenting yourself to a committee; Working with facilitators.”
The Screenwriter’s Bible: A Complete Guide to Writing, Formatting, and Selling Your Script . Trotter, David. Los Angeles: Silman-James Press, 2005. From the back cover: “A screenwriting primer that provides a concise presentation of screenwriting basics. A screenwriting workbook that walks the writer through the writing process, from nascent ideas through revisions. A formatting guide that presents correct formats for both screenplays and TV scripts. A spec writing guide that demonstrates today’s spec style through sample scenes and analysis. A sales and marketing guide that presents proven strategies to help you create a laser-sharp marketing plan. A resource guide that provides addresses and contacts for the industry organizations, guilds, schools, publications, support groups and services, contests, etc.“
Career Solutions for Creative People: How to Balance Artistic Goals with Career Security . Ormont, Ronda. New York: Allworth Press, 2001. From the back cover: “How do you find the time and energy to pursue your art while making a stable and rewarding living? Dr. Ronda Ormont has written a comprehensive guide to finding a career that can both feed your wallet and fuel your personal creative endeavors. Included are real-life profiles, sample forms and worksheets, and essential steps to [career exploration, time management, dealing with change, and job searching.]”
The Career Guide for Creative and Unconventional People . Eikleberry, Carol. Berkeley: Ten Speed Press, 2007. From the back cover: “For anyone who’s ever been told, ‘Don’t quit your day job…’ [this book] helps you figure out how to use your unconventional and hard-to-categorize talents to make money and support your creative expression while doing the work you love…. Includes: An Inside Look at the Creative Personality; Eye-Opening Self-Evaluation Tools; Real-Life Success Stories; Tips for Starting a Creative Career Notebook. More Than 270 Creative Jobs Profiled.”