Finding Work in the Christian Music Industry

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A general view of atmosphere during the 3rd Annual KLOVE Fan Awards at the Grand Ole Opry House on May 31, 2015 in Nashville. Rick Diamond/Getty Images

There are so many different areas within the realm of Christian Music Ministry that you can use your God-given talents.

The most obvious, of course, is in churches. Churches have both paying and volunteer positions in several areas. You can find work in the following area:

  • Music Minister
  • Worship Leaders
  • Youth Leaders that specialize in music
  • Praise Band members
  • Choir members

Record Labels

Christian record labels have both paying positions and internships that give you college credits if you are a college student.

No, you won't start out as an A & R rep. (unless, of course, you have experience in that field and they have an opening), but a great deal can be learned about how things work in the industry when you're doing anything at a label.

Other Places That Hire

There are several other places that offer employment opportunities. Look for openings at places like:

What you are called to do and where you live are two factors here. I've never been in a city in America that doesn't have churches, but all of the other places listed are not generally found in every city. If you're willing to relocate to an area that has more music industry businesses, you will have more options to choose from. Nashville, or Music City as it's called, is a huge hub for the Christian music industry as well as the country music industry.

 

More Places to Search

Check your local classified ads first. Ask the people at your church if they know of any opportunities. Go to your favorite Christian book/music store and ask and don't forget to check with your neighbors to see if they know of any job or volunteer openings in the area you're looking at.

Obviously, you'll also want to check online. There are several great resources online that give you a very wide range of places to look at and jobs to choose from. Some of the best that I've found are:

  • Christian Careers Canada - This free service is for all of our friends in Canada.​
  • Christian Career Center - This is an awesome site that has plenty of opportunities in music ministry. You can search by state or search by category. The site even offers a free consultation with a career counselor to help you discover work that fits in with what God has called you to do.​
  • Ministry Employment - This is a free listing of job opportunities in various church ministries throughout the country.​
  • Nashville Chamber of Commerce Job Board - Tennessee - This site lists jobs and internships for Nashville businesses.​
  • Gospel Music Association - The Gospel Music Association (GMA) has a few intern slots that are usually available.