Music Venue Owners and Managers


Music Venue Owners and Managers


Music venue owners and managers are responsible for the overall success of a music venue. They book music acts, oversee employees, and play a role in the hiring and firing of staff. While owners have the final say in the club's business decisions, managers handle the daily operations of the venue, such as hiring, training, and scheduling staff members, planning music programming, checking music and bar equipment, and ensuring the safety and cleanliness of the club.

Quick Facts


Median Salary



Employment Prospects



Minimum Education Level

Bachelor's Degree



Five years' experience



Business Management


Personality Traits



Earnings for music venue owners and managers depend on their experience and education, as well as the size and success of their club. General and operations managers (the category under which the U.S. Department of Labor classifies small business managers and owners) earned median annual salaries of $100,930 in May 2018. The lowest paid 10 percent earned less than $44,710, and the highest paid ...

Work Environment

One of the perks of these professions is the glamorous atmosphere of the music industry; venue owners and managers get to meet musicians, sometimes listen to music before its released, and decide which bands will fit with their venue. Although their work most often is behind-the-scenes, they may have indirect or direct contact with the high-profile personalities who perform in clubs. In other w...


The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) does not provide job outlook growth specifically for music venue owners and managers; however, the DOL projects employment for musicians and singers is expected to experience little or no growth through 2028. The demand for musicians and singers is partly dependent on music venue owners. 

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