Although the music publishing industry does not employ a great number of people, it caters for a wide range of interests and, in many companies, staff flexibility is essential. Jobs at music publishing companies tend to fall into a number of broad categories, the majority of which will require some musical knowledge and/or experience. If you are not yet sure which path might be the one for you, take a look at our decription of these various roles.
A full list of MPA members’ vacancies can be found on the current jobs page.
The MPA offers 2 four-month paid internships each year – a great introduction to the business. Details will be posted on the current jobs page around the beginning and the middle of the year. Recent graduates and newcomers to the industry may also want to consider applying for the MPA Richard Toeman Scholarship. Make yourself more attractive to prospective employers by undertaking some relevant industry training. In particular the MPA Induction Course provides a general overview for newcomers to the industry.
Keeping an eye on our job vacancies page is just one way of trying to find work in music publishing. Keep your eyes peeled for job opportunities in the press. The Guardian has a good media jobs section - all their jobs are now online and can be found using their jobsearch facility. The music industry weekly, Music Week, also has a jobs section towards the back of each issue, and also an online listing.
You may want to register with some employment agencies. Some specialise in music and media based jobs - they can usually be found advertising in Music Week.
Aside from that, you may want to contact some of the music publishers directly and ask if they have any vacancies. Some of the larger companies will have specific Human Resources departments. You can find a list of contact details for music publishers by going to our members directory.
It is not uncommon for jobseekers in the music industry to undertake unpaid work-experience, and this can be a useful way of getting your foot in the right door. If you are interested in finding a work placement we'd suggest contacting publishers directly. Please bear in mind that not every publisher will be able to offer this. You can find a list of contact details for music publishers using our members directory.
Another option, for those with an entrepreneurial bent and an appetite for hard work, is to go it alone and set up your own business. We have some basic information and a few helpful pointers for anyone thinking of forming a music publishing company.