Creative Arts, Music, Theater
- Check out our Music Guide.
- Internships, festivals, chamber ensembles, apprenticeships, and a deep understanding of the industry are extremely important when looking for the right type of internship.
- Utilize alumni connections & professors to find opportunities.
- Join appropriate student organizations and be an active member.
- Seek out organizations in Nashville to join.
- Recruiting for the arts is still very traditional in the sense that you probably won’t see many of these organizations on-campus or posting on Indeed. You will want to regularly check targeted job boards, such as Bridge, as well as area-specific online newspapers.
- Acknowledge that jobs in the arts don not typically offer a high salary. Using a cost-of-living calculator will help estimate your salary requirements if you already have a specific area in mind.
- View our Career Planning Guide & Internship Orientation Guide. Here is an accessible PDF: Internship Orientation Guide.
Industry-Specific Job Boards
The resources below are a combination of general industry information as well as specific job and internship posting sites for this industry.
- American Theatre
- Forbes: How to Get a Job in the Arts
- The Art Career Project
- Theatre Communications Group
Selected Professional Associations
A professional association is an organization of people who have similar career interests. These membership-based organizations often offer a reduced rate for students that allow access to the many resources they provide. Professional association websites can also offer job/internship databases as well as opportunities to find mentors or other contacts.
- American Alliance for Theatre and Education
- Americans for the Arts
- American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP)
- Educational Theatre Association
- Music Business Association
- National Endowment for the Arts
- Shakespeare Theatre Association
Company & Industry Research
- Business Insights: Essentials
- D&B Hoovers
- Summer Experience Database