5 ways to get paid to go to concerts Jacqueline Parker Say you love music and it’s always on your mind, to the point where you know the name not only of every band but every member in it. You know exactly what instrument they play and I mean by model number, and you know all the bands they’ve been in before. You eat, breathe and sleep music culture. In short, you’re a fanatic. So how can you be a music junkie and get paid for it? Get social Start taking pics, shooting video long or short, writing and commenting on bands both as they come into town and while you’re at the concert. Use your passion and obsession to feed the content beast with constant updates. Write reviews, take cool shots, post trivia – whatever it takes to show you know your stuff so people start to follow you and look forward to your posts. Soon they start sharing them because sharing is caring. The next thing you know, maybe a rep from a record label or someone at Ticket Master takes notice of your work and they think “Hey, this kid knows his stuff!” Think: Almost Famous. So they ask you to start attending events and covering them. Now you’re a concert correspondent. Viola. You’re now a coveted influencer that bands and brands would love to have at the show! Cost to you? Nothing. Become a concert photographer This one requires a little bit of money to start up with good equipment but like all other great careers – you have to start small and keep on going. Forget boundaries and obstacles because those words don’t belong in this world. Start networking, get to know the right people, take some courses on professional photography and shoot, shoot, shoot! Figure out your niche and stick to it unless you find it’s not working. Maybe you just want to shoot concerts? Stick to that and hone your skills. Stay the course and keep trying until you get just one lucky break. Combining creativity and your interest in music can be an incredibly rewarding career that you will never call ‘work’. Become a concert promoter How energetic are you? This job requires determination and creativity and it’s also a pretty cool way to indulge your passion. Your duties will include everything from budgets, schedules, game-plans, negotiations and awareness building. Not only will you determine the city, venue, time and number of shows, you’ll also be responsible for lining up the headliner and securing their contract. You’ll have to find money to then promote the concert and that’s where you’ll have to be willing to take a financial risk because that money can often come out of your own pocket. Once you sign the acts and rent the venue, the payoff happens. Now you work with the acts either directly or through their record label. It’s your job to build buzz to make the money to support the concert. You’ll be a team with your favourite band working to schedule interviews, publicity stunts and PR for the concert. How cool is that? The day of, the concert is your baby from start to finish. We suggest a high tolerance for both stress and excitement in this role and many people will make demands of you. But hey, at least you’re with the band, right? Work a Music Festival Summer usually sizzles with the sound of music at outdoor venues across the country. There’s usually no shortage of work to prepare and host a festival and it’s a great way to earn a few bucks while staying close to the music – for free. Jobs range from cocktail servers and wait staff to director of sales, stage work, PR, general management, sales, sponsorship coordination, production management and even parking attendants. Depending on your passion, you can find a job that lets you in the doors for less commitment (wait staff) or you can fully immerse yourself and get the full festival experience by taking a role with more responsibility such as operations or management. Personal Manager This one just screams “Diva Alert” to me, but if you’re really passionate about getting to know the band or a band member and you are really jazzed about helping them advance their career and fame, this would be a great job for you. As the artist or band manager, your job will be to represent a musical act or artist and guide all aspects of their career. Now, this can go either way. You can either have a rewarding and fascinating career full of stories that will make you the envy of friends and family or you could find yourself being worked into the ground like a rented mule at the hands of an ego-crazed artist. It’s best to ask around about the nature and behaviour of the artist or band before you sign on the dotted line.