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Musician

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€24k > 87
Musician or Singer
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€24 - 87
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Payscale.com

Last Updated: March, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
1.9%
Occupational Category

Artistic, Literary & Media Occupations

Also included in this category:

Artists; authors, writers, translators, interpreters; actors; entertainers and presenters; musicians; composers; singers; dancers; choreographers; film editors; production assistants (broadcasting); television producers; theatrical agents; photographers.

Number Employed:

16,300

Part time workers: 28%
Aged over 55: 18%
Male / Female: 58 / 42%
Non-Nationals: 21%
With Third Level: 74%
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At a Glance... header image

Performs and records with bands, artists and orchestras playing a musical instrument.


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The Work header image

As well as performing, musicians spend a large amount of time practising and rehearsing, auditioning, and planning and organising performances. These activities are often combined with teaching or composing.  
 
Once trained, classical musicians gain experience and develop contacts by taking part in competitions, festivals and concerts. If competition is severe, professional agents are used to promote the musicians and their work.  
 
Non-classical musicians perform at live gigs to build up a repertoire and send demonstration tapes (demos) to recording companies. Representatives from the Artists and Repertoire (A & R) department may respond to demos, view a live gig and offer the performer a recording contract. Records often need promotion via video and many performers need financial backing, or the influence of a successful manager/agent, to market themselves effectively.  
 
Other musicians make a living playing live gigs in pubs, clubs, hotels, holiday camps etc. They may specialise in a particular kind of music, e.g. country and western, jazz etc or play a broad repertoire. These musicians often use local entertainment agents to gain work.  
 
Musicians may travel to venues locally, nationally and internationally.


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Practice musical instrument performances, individually or in rehearsal with other musicians, to master individual pieces of music and to maintain and improve skills.

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Perform before live audiences.

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Specialize in playing a specific family of instruments or a particular type of music.

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Play musical instruments as soloists, or as members or guest artists of musical groups such as orchestras, ensembles, or bands.

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Play from memory or by following scores.

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Sight-read musical parts during rehearsals.

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Audition for orchestras, bands, or other musical groups.

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Provide the musical background for live shows such as ballets, operas, musical theatre, and cabarets.

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Transpose music to alternate keys, or to fit individual styles or purposes.

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Promote their own or their group's music by participating in media interviews and other activities.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Performing for or Working Directly with the Public: Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.

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Thinking Creatively: Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

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Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events: Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships: Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Handling and Moving Objects: Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems: Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Performing General Physical Activities: Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

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Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others: Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work: Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings: Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Fine Arts: Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.

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Education and Training: Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

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English Language: Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Psychology: Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

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Mathematics: Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Coordination: Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Social Perceptiveness: Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

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Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Time Management: Managing one's own time and the time of others.

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Judgment and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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Complex Problem Solving: Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

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Active Learning: Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

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Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

A love of music and much musical talent are essential, but there is no certainty that even outstanding talent will achieve success. Perseverance and patience are required for long hours of practice. Irregular hours and travelling from place to place are often features of a Musician's life.  
 
Musicians who organise their own work need good business-related and time-management skills.


Further Informationheader image

A detailed description of this occupation can be found on a number of online databases. Follow the link(s) below to access this information:

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Go..Classical Musician - from: N.C.S. [UK]
Go..Musician - from: GradIreland
Go..Pop Musician - from: N.C.S. [UK]

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Contactsheader image

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Organisation: Radio Telefis Eireann (RTE)
Address: Donnybrook, Dublin 4
Tel: (01) 208 3111
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Organisation: Irish Traditional Musicians Association
Address: Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann, 32 Belgrave Square, Monkstown, Co. Dublin
Tel: (01) 280 0295
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Organisation: Contemporary Music Centre Ireland
Address: 19 Fishamble St, Temple Bar Dublin 8
Tel: (01) 673 1922
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