Lolita Ritmanis is an Emmy-award winning composer, with a long and distinguished career writing music for TV and film. She has been nominated 10 times for an Emmy, and won for the Warner Bros. series “Batman Beyond.” Throughout her composing career, she has worked with the greats such as Michael Kamen, Basil Poledouris, and Mark Snow, along with many others, and was mentored by Shirley Walker. As Lolita walks us through her music career trajectory, she explains the importance of collaboration, the different aspects of scoring music for film and TV, and her current position as President of the Alliance for Women Film Composers, in support of other female film composers (she was awarded the BMI Champion Award this year in recognition of this work, along with her colleagues Laura Karpman and Miriam Cutler.) Lolita has also written songs and musicals, and her work has been premiered and performed at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York City, and The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.
Nautica de la Cruz has built a decades-long stellar music radio career and formidable reputation in Los Angeles radio. Her grit and determination kept her going after 14 rejections to land her first radio internship in college (while putting herself through school,) and she has never looked back. Nautica has been a radio host/personality at some of the most popular radio stations in Los Angeles, including Power 106, KDAY, and 100.3 the Beat before landing at the iconic radio station KJLH, owned by legend Stevie Wonder. She has worked with Steve Harvey, Doctor Dre and Ed Lover of Yo! MTV Raps fame, has interviewed stars and luminaries like Beyonce, Janet Jackson and President Barack Obama, and continues to connect with the community and music fans during her weekday morning show. During this music jobs episode, Nautica walks us through her early days growing up in New York, the challenges faced as a woman in radio, and how she continues to grow and evolve in the music industry.
James Beshara, Global Head of Airbnb Concerts and an electronic music artist, understands the intimate connection that is forged between musician and fan. As a product designer and entrepreneur, James previously co-founded Tilt.com, a social payment, crowd-funding app, which many artists and music fans used to fund concerts in new locations or add additional tour dates to an artist’s calendar. James observed the demand for more intimate live experiences and followed that trajectory to Airbnb Concerts, Airbnb’s newest and fastest growing experience category. This exciting new performance platform allows musicians and enthusiasts to directly connect and enjoy live music in unconventional spaces. In this music jobs episode, James discusses his career trajectory from non-profit to Silicon Valley, and how up-and-coming artists now have an amazing opportunity for new fans, exposure and more.
Dr. Gigi Johnson, Inaugural Director of UCLA’s Center for Music Innovation, has taken an unconventional route when it comes to a career in music. A gifted singer and creative, she has performed and released music all while pursuing a film production degree at USC, an MBA, a PhD in education change/media studies, starting her own business (the Maremel Institute) and having 9 different careers in banking, media, marketing and education, among others. During this episode Gigi walks us through each career decision and trajectory, how each business skill set has contributed to the next as well as overall personal and creative development, and shares insights and well-honed wisdom about technology’s impact on creation, content and beyond.
Scott Hawksworth has always loved music, but he made the “practical” choice to get a business degree in college. After working at several businesses, he realized he missed his creative calling; utilizing all of his business experience, he decided to pursue a music career by creating an online business for producers and musicians. AudioSkills.com is now a burgeoning community with a popular podcast, YouTube channel and robust membership offering courses, tools, resources and more to producers, podcasters, and musicians who want to learn more about mixing, mastering and recording. Scott shares how each career choice he made has only helped to serve his online music business and to create a prosperous, forward-thinking and evolving enterprise.
Astrid Baumgardner has dedicated her career to empowering and inspiring musicians (and all creatives!) to be their best selves, not only as artists but as successful entrepreneurs. During this music jobs episode Astrid walks us through her musical beginnings as a talented pianist, pursuing law and working as a lawyer in New York City, what convinced her to become a life coach, and joining the faculty at the prestigious Yale School of Music to work with all music students to create successful post-graduate music careers. Her emphasis of thinking and behaving like an innovator and an entrepreneur is suitable and essential for any artist who is looking to grow beyond the conventional career paths in order to reach untapped markets and new audiences.
**CORRECTION** – During the podcast, it was erroneously stated that Astrid Baumgardner works only with new music composers at the Yale School of Music. Astrid actually works with singers, pianists, guitar players and all of the orchestral musicians at the school, in addition to the composers. We apologize for the error.
Hey gang – As I’m sure you’ve heard throughout “Hey, How’d You Get That Music Job??? podcast episodes, having a music internship is a PHENOMENAL way to get your foot in the door, start networking, and start building relationships in the music industry. I just wanted to pass along some music internships I’ve recently heard about. I’ll try to keep adding more in the comments as I see fit. If you know of any others, please do the same!
*Disclaimer: I can’t formally endorse or provide further information on any of these posts, since I’ve just seen them on social media, so proceed accordingly and do your homework! Also, I’ll try to indicate “PAID” or “UNPAID” – Lord knows it aint easy trying to support yourself as an artist/creative! But wishing you all the best of luck, keep on hustling, pursue that dream, and DON’T GIVE UP!
Posted July 2018
The Vocal Company, Boston, MA and New York, NY – not sure if paid/unpaid, all ages, school credit offered: Fall Production Mentorship – send resume and cover letter to email@example.com, or apply at https://thevocalcompany.com/careers/a-cappella-production-internship/?utm_content=74118430&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter
Applications due August 1st.
Universal Music Group, New York, NY and Los Angeles, CA – unsure if paid or unpaid, school credit required, at least sophomore standing: Fall Internship Program – apply online at https://jobs.jobvite.com/universalmusicgroup/job/oyqR7fwG/apply
Ultra Records, New York, NY – UNPAID, school credit required: International Marketing Internship for Fall 2018. Send resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Syndicate, Weehawken, NJ – UNPAID, school credit required, $15/day travel stipend: Internship with entertainment marketing agency for Fall 2018. Send resume, cover letter and references to email@example.com.
WMA Agency, New York, NY & Los Angeles, CA – UNPAID, school credit offered: Digital Marketing and Social Media Internship to start ASAP. Send resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org, (yeah, that’s the email) subject line: “LA (or NY) Marketing/Social Media Internship – [Your Name]”
Vitalic Noise, Los Angeles, CA – UNPAID, Spanish-speaking preferred: Internship to work with talent on Influencer/YouTube space as well as music space. Send resume to email@example.com
Posted June 2018
Knockdown Center, Queens, NY – UNPAID, school credit required: Venue Marketing and Communications Internship for Fall 2018. Send resume, cover letter and why you are interested interning at Knockdown Center to firstname.lastname@example.org, with “Application: Venue Marketing & Communications Internship – Fall 2018” in the subject line.
Bandsintown, Hollywood, CA – not sure paid or unpaid, school credit required: Artists Partnerships Internship for Fall 2018. Submit resume and cover letter to https://bandsintown.workable.com/j/A2072E2535
Depth of Field Management, New York, NY – PAID, school credit offered: Internship for Fall 2018. Email resume and cover letter to email@example.com.
Warner Music Group, New York, NY, Los Angeles, CA, Miami, FL, Nashville, TN, various locations – not sure if paid or unpaid, school credit offered: Fall Student Program – Go to http://www.wmg.com/careers for more details and to apply.
Matte, New York, NY – not sure if paid or unpaid, or school credit given/required: Fall Internship starting August/September, send resume/portfolio (if any) to firstname.lastname@example.org, with “FALL 18 MUSIC” in the subject line.
J. Michael Dolan is a published, prolific author and blogger, a professional musician, a successful entrepreneur, a veteran of the entertainment industry, and the founder of Music Connection magazine. But what Michael shares on this episode is about the business of happiness, commitment, being of service and navigating the new music industry landscape with these tools in hand. As an artist and entrepreneur, Michael explains the stepping stones throughout his music industry career that led to his success, and the development of his spiritual principles that continue to guide his journey. His insight, wisdom and candor inspires and empowers his clients, his readers, and everyone he meets.
Sandra Olinger is the Founder/Owner of GrimyGoods.com, a popular Los Angeles-based music lifestyle website and blog. Grimy Goods, which just celebrated ten years, is considered by its dedicated following to be “the key source of information for those…who live a music lifestyle.” In this music jobs episode Sandra walks us through her music writing career, from her extensive travel to music festivals around the world, to working as a music writer/reporter for several publications, interviewing artists and bands, building her blog/website into a successful business venture, and launching her latest business, GrimyDiapers.com. Sandra talks about the importance of being passionate about writing and creating content, SEO, building a community and the best way for artists to connect to music blogs.
Zac Harding is a self-professed “engineer rat”, starting from the world-renowned studio once owned by Bruce Swedien in Minneapolis, working with the Replacements and Prince(!!) and making the move to Los Angeles. In fact, his engineer experience helped him land the Director of Marketing position at Songtradr (more on that in the interview!) Zac talks about his transition from the recording studio to marketing, the licensing resources and financial opportunities that Songtradr offers to artists, why this is the best time to be an independent musician, why it’s so important to make goals for your music career, and what tools and innovations are available to artists to succeed.