Careers in Songwriting

Below are some of the many careers a songwriting major can pursue.

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Television Composer, Film and TV Composer

Description:

Television composers write the themes, background score, and source music used in television shows. 


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Music Library Composer, Custom Music Composer, Advertising Music Composer, Production Music Writer, General Business Composer

Description:

Writing for a wide variety of clients—including businesses, event production companies, software and hardware developers, nonprofits, films and TV shows, and music libraries—freelance composers create music not for the stage but for use in the world around them.


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Lyric Writer

Description:

Lyricists write the words to pop songs, show tunes, commercials, and other musical compositions. 


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Artist Songwriter, Singer-Songwriter

Description:

Working alone or in collaboration with others, performing songwriters create, record, release, and perform original songs. 


Description:

Possessing excellent songwriting ability and developed track production skills, songwriter-producers are involved every step of the way in the songs they choose to take on—from the writing process to the studio and in between.


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Staff Songwriter

Description:

Working alone or in collaboration with others, staff writers are content providers who create hit songs for other artists to record and perform.


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Top-liner, Vocal Producer

Description:

A unique hybrid of singer and songwriter, top-line songwriters work in popular music genres, creating the vocal melodies and lyrics to accompany producers’ “beats,” or electronically produced backing tracks.