Musician resumes are different from most others not just in their formatting but also in the information included.
While most professional documents will focus on tangible accomplishments like ROI’s and productivity in dollar ($) or percentage (%) terms, Musician resume focus more on talents and performances.
This difference can be carried over directly to the cover letter where the applicant focuses on performances, ensembles and the reputation of those organizations.
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Below are both a Musician resume and a matching cover letter, written to accompany each other, working together harmoniously in a professional duet that will strike a chord with even the most seasoned HR ear.
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Musician Cover Letter Example
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Dear Mr. /Mrs. /Ms. (Manager’s Name)
It is with significant interest that I enclose my resume for the POSITION position. With an extensive music related exposure, I am optimistic in my ability to become an asset within your organization.
I am a holder of M.M in Performance from Ithaca College and Bachelors degree in Music from American University.
During the course of my career, I have had the opportunity to be associated with multiple orchestras in various permanent and freelancing roles. Working as a Sub, Regular or at the Violin Section, I have honed my performance, technical and conducting skills and gained competency in combining my musical skills with peers.
As noted on my resume, I am a winner of American University Concerto Championship and have been recognized as a Concertmaster from American University Symphony Orchestra.
I am seeking a challenging but rewarding position, which is why I was naturally drawn to this exciting opportunity.
T: Phone number
E: email address
*Note that the above template prompts the reader to insert the hiring managers name in both the opening address as well as the greeting of the letter itself. This is critical in getting your cover letter read as it makes the letter personal. Avoid “Dear Hiring Manager” whenever possible. Never use “To Whom It May Concern”, as this is the most impersonal and rude type of greeting one could include on a cover letter.
“Dear Hiring Manager”
“To Whom It May Concern”
“Dear Ms. Bowman”
“To Ms. Bowman & The Acme Marketing Department”
Where resumes can exceed one page in length for the seasoned musician, cover letters should always be limited to one page, as it is to serve as an introduction to your resume, only highlighting key points, and not a stand alone document.
Feel free to download the above template to use when writing your own resume. If you have any questions about your cover letter in particular feel free to leave them in the comments below for one of our Resume Experts to answer.
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Highly qualified professional with extensive experience in acoustic design and production. Hands-on knowledge of digital and analog recording, editing, and mixing equipment. Comprehensive knowledge of various music genres. Proficient in studio techniques. Organized, professional, excellent project manager. Technically accomplished producer with knowledge of budgeting and financial concerns. Excels at coordinating technical, creative, and logistic aspects of managing a music project. Effective leader who coordinates staff to produce great results every time. Personable communicator who has established excellent professional relationships with many musicians, producers, and key figures in the music industry.
- Supervise music recording sessions.
- Design production projects.
- Select and manage set-up of recording and sound equipment.
- Schedule and manage all phases of a recording project.
- Oversee the editing and mixing of recordings.
- Ensure high quality of each recording.
- Train and supervise sound engineers and other staff.
- Manage all aspects of the project to ensure they stay within budget.
- Communicate with clients to define their goals and parameters for the recording.
- Ensured quality control of all music recordings.
- Handled integration of sound recordings into overall production.
- Managed logistics of each recording project, including aspects such as budget, equipment, and venue.
- Worked with artists to ensure that recordings meet client needs.
- Trained studio staff in use and set-up of equipment.
- Performed support functions for music producer.
- Managed scheduling and planning for projects.
- Booked venues.
- Ensured that the required equipment was in place as needed.
- Assisted in technical editing and mixing.
- Worked with clients and staff to ensure that project ran smoothly and according to schedule.
Enjoy swimming and kayaking. Interested in exploring various types of art, enjoy visiting museums. Volunteer with local environmental organization, participate in community park cleanup efforts.