Music Career and Jobs in India – Music has been part of my life since i was 7 years old. In India,music is still seen as a hobby and not as a stable career for a good job.But this is not true and people have realized that after Indian idol and other reality shows.I have known people in the music industry who are family friends and because of this i know how much a person can earn even if he/she is not a top level musician.There are various jobs and opportunities that are available if you have the passion and are willing to take up this career path.
Where can you learn music?
FSM – This is a new music school that ties up with schools all over the major cities in India and has excellent infrastructure as far as musical instruments are concerned. This is a good choice if you are in school and wish to start learning the basics of music.
Trinity College of Music – This college of music is based in London but you can give the exams every year for their grade and diploma level.It is highly recognized and the progressive system of learning is excellent.You can get private classes for these exams and get the certificate for each exam after you complete it.
ABRSM – The royal School of music also based in London is a competitor to Trinity college. The course curriculum and standard of learning is almost the same as Trinity College but there are lesser teachers in the city that will train you for ABRSM
Furtados High – This is a new app whereby you can learn piano,drums,vocals and guitar and the app which is easy to use.You can search tutors in your area and many even come to your home to teach you.This is good for beginners who want a good start to learning music.Prices are on the high side bu advantage is that you get home tuition.
Private Tutors – Most private tutors require you to go to their homes for classes.You can learn either pop music or western classical or Indian classical depending on your choice and can also appear for exams or simply learn to get you a head start in music as a profession.Many private tutors also have good professional links to others in the music field and industry which can be useful.
What types of jobs can you do to earn a decent living from music?
1.Backup singing – If you are into vocals then you can lend you voice to a performing artist either on stage shows,live concerts or commercial films.
2.Do stage shows abroad – If you are into instrumentals then many Bollywood performers and singers like Anu Malik, Shreya Ghoshal etc require musicians to accompany them on stage shows in gulf countries and western countries.The pay is very good and you can earn Rs.15,000-30,000 per show.
3.Jingles and Commercials – You can sing for commercials or do the music for them.Pay again is excellent and vocal singers for commercials earn Rs.35,000 – Rs.50,00 upwards for each jingle.
4. Performances and Plays – If you are on the stage or even backstage behind the scenes there is lots of opportunity for you because almost all theater production plays and performances require musicians.You will be paid by the theater company as a lump sum for each city production.
5.Private gigs at events,parties – This is best for freelance musicians who either have their own three-four piece band or are solo performers.You can perform to just a laptop and sing to the minus 1 track at small parties,coffee shops,restaurants and earn rs.4000 – rs.6000 for a 3-4 hour performance.
6.Indian idol– You can join a reality show if you are very talented.There is lots of competition for this with many contestants from each city.The prize money is good even if you do not reach the final levels.Also better than the money is the exposure that you get and appear on TV.This can be very beneficial for your career.
7.Join an Orchestra ,Symphony,Choir – If you are at a good level at playing an instrument or good at singing then you can be part of a good national level Bombay chamber Orchestra from which you receive a salary for performances and get to travel all over the world.Some choirs also pay you for performances.