At a Glance
Concert and event producers might get their start as an event or operations staff member, stagehand, lighting tech, sound tech, or carpenter, all of which are good ways to observe the many moving parts involved in the production process. However, nothing beats practical experience and ingenuity in this field, and particularly savvy aspirants can skip several rungs up the career ladder by independently producing successful events on a limited budget, often working with local bands and performers to do so.
- Personnel management (hiring, scheduling, oversight)
- Project and schedule management
- Developing and maintaining production budgets
- Written and verbal communication
- Contract negotiation
- Problem solving
Concert and event producers are collaborative, organized, detail-oriented, efficient, and cool under pressure. They excel at breaking large tasks into smaller ones and coordinating diverse groups of professionals towards a common goal. Excellent multitasking, communication, and problem-solving skills are also essential.
Working as a live show producer generally means long hours, including nights, weekends, and holidays. Producers are often among the last to leave the venue—in the early morning—as they must ensure that the staff, performers, and vendors are paid. Add in the administrative and organizational duties, which begin months before a show, and it's clear that in-demand producers shouldn't expect much time off. Some producers go on tour frequently or travel to produce events in other localities, but many make a living by sticking to a single city.