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It can reasonably be said that the modern record industry is the result of technological disruption over the last century. Disruptive technologies have essentially forced the industry to adapt or die; from phonographs to radio to cassettes to the Walkman to CDs to MP3s to streaming services. The music industry has embraced new technology, or in many cases, forced it to for its survival.


In an era dominated by technological advancements, the music industry finds itself standing at the juncture of yet another acute transformation. Artificial intelligence is making a growing impact on the way music is created, promoted, and enjoyed. As boundaries are pushed, the question is not only about the potential benefits of AI but also the potential casualties it may claim. Will your music industry job withstand the onslaught of AI, or will it become another casualty in this paradigm shift? As this technology continues to advance, certain music industry jobs are at a higher risk of being replaced.

Record producers: Major record labels are already adopting AI-powered music production tools that possess impressive capabilities. As these tools become more accessible, the demand for human music producers might decline, potentially leading to a reduction in their jobs.

Audio engineers: The development of AI-driven audio editing and mixing tools is gaining momentum. These tools have the potential to eventually replace human audio engineers responsible for ensuring optimal sound quality. The precision and efficiency of AI could render some audio engineering positions obsolete.

Marketers: AI-powered music marketing tools enable artists to target specific audiences and monitor the online performance of their music. As the utilization of these tools becomes more widespread, it could result in the elimination of certain music marketing positions.

Music publishers: AI-powered music publishing tools can automate various tasks handled by music publishers, including music licensing. The broader adoption of these tools might lead to a reduction in the number of music publishing jobs.

Royalty collection agents: AI-driven royalty collection tools automate the process of gathering royalties from streaming services and other sources. As these tools become more prevalent, the need for human royalty collection agents could diminish.

Music journalists: AI-powered music journalism tools can automate the writing of music reviews and articles. As these tools continue to improve and find more comprehensive application, they could displace certain music journalists.

It’s important to note that AI does not necessarily imply the complete replacement of these jobs. In some cases, AI can create new employment opportunities, particularly in the development and maintenance of AI-powered music production tools. Nonetheless, the influence of AI on the music industry is evident, and certain job roles will probably be affected.

Overall, the music industry is undergoing a significant transformation due to AI. It’s difficult to put an exact number on the jobs that will be affected, but there’s no denying that the industry is going through significant transformations. As AI continues to evolve, it will shape the music industry’s future and redefine its roles. The key to success is adaptability. We need to embrace the power of human creativity and artificial intelligence. By understanding and harnessing the potential of AI, we can unlock innovative avenues, revolutionize artistic expression, and create a better future where human talent and AI converge to shape the future of music.


  • Wayne Rosso

    Wayne Rosso has worked in music and technology for decades. He has worked with such artists as Aerosmith, Bee Gees, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Public Image LTD., Beach Boys, Phillip Glass, Fleetwood Mac, Rick James, New Kids on the Block, Slash, Evanescence and scores of others.


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