Most musicians are self employed, so it's important to be business minded, or to employ an agent whose role it is to find suitable work. A musician who plays in several bands, recommends that rock musicians play in cover bands, covering well known top 40's songs, in order to increase work opportunities. Work options for smaller groups are also greater and given this, it might pay to get a small computer and use a midi sequence program, which triggers off bass and drum samples. 'There's more work for duos and trios because they're cheaper and can be slotted into smaller venues. Publicans don't want to pay a band $1,200 when they can pay a duo $600 for the same result.'
Employment may be affected by the level of government funding available, particularly for orchestras and opera companies. The level of activity in the hospitality industry can also affect employment opportunities.
Employment opportunities can also be volatile and competition extremely intense. Only the most talented may succeed. Many performing musicians are obliged to seek additional employment. However, as the music industry continues to expand, employment opportunities for musicians are increasing.