Musician resumes are different from most others not just in their formatting but also in the information included.
While most professional documents will focus on tangible accomplishments like ROI’s and productivity in dollar ($) or percentage (%) terms, Musician resume focus more on talents and performances.
This difference can be carried over directly to the cover letter where the applicant focuses on performances, ensembles and the reputation of those organizations.
Below are both a Musician resume and a matching cover letter, written to accompany each other, working together harmoniously in a professional duet that will strike a chord with even the most seasoned HR ear.
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Musician Cover Letter Example
Dear Mr. /Mrs. /Ms. (Manager’s Name)
It is with significant interest that I enclose my resume for the POSITION position. With an extensive music related exposure, I am optimistic in my ability to become an asset within your organization.
I am a holder of M.M in Performance from Ithaca College and Bachelors degree in Music from American University.
During the course of my career, I have had the opportunity to be associated with multiple orchestras in various permanent and freelancing roles. Working as a Sub, Regular or at the Violin Section, I have honed my performance, technical and conducting skills and gained competency in combining my musical skills with peers.
As noted on my resume, I am a winner of American University Concerto Championship and have been recognized as a Concertmaster from American University Symphony Orchestra.
I am seeking a challenging but rewarding position, which is why I was naturally drawn to this exciting opportunity.
T: Phone number
E: email address
*Note that the above template prompts the reader to insert the hiring managers name in both the opening address as well as the greeting of the letter itself. This is critical in getting your cover letter read as it makes the letter personal. Avoid “Dear Hiring Manager” whenever possible. Never use “To Whom It May Concern”, as this is the most impersonal and rude type of greeting one could include on a cover letter.
“Dear Hiring Manager”
“To Whom It May Concern”
“Dear Ms. Bowman”
“To Ms. Bowman & The Acme Marketing Department”
Where resumes can exceed one page in length for the seasoned musician, cover letters should always be limited to one page, as it is to serve as an introduction to your resume, only highlighting key points, and not a stand alone document.
Feel free to download the above template to use when writing your own resume. If you have any questions about your cover letter in particular feel free to leave them in the comments below for one of our Resume Experts to answer.