Adjunct Instructor in Music Industry

University of Southern California Thornton School of Music

Adjunct Instructor, Music Industry

Thornton School of Music Faculty Los Angeles, California

The University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music invites applications for an Adjunct Instructor in Music Industry.  This appointment is for the Fall 2021 semester only.  Continuation beyond the initial appointment is not guaranteed and will be determined based on programmatic needs.

The University of Southern California (USC), founded in 1880, is located in the heart of downtown L.A., and is the largest private employer in the City of Los Angeles. As an employee of USC, you will be part of a world-class research university and a member of the “Trojan Family,” which is comprised of the faculty, students, and staff that make the university what it is.

Combining the benefits of a world-class conservatory and a leading research university, the USC Thornton School of Music offers students the opportunity to pursue a thorough music education in a real-world context.  Thornton offers students a full range of musical disciplines across a demanding innovative curriculum, and the opportunity to work with a faculty of national and international renown.  For more information, please visit us at

The USC Thornton Music Industry program prepares students to succeed in a rapidly evolving industry that is largely rooted in the Los Angeles area. The program offers an unparalleled education, blending academics, practical knowledge and hands-on experience for those seeking a career in all facets of the music business, including: artist management, the record industry, music publishing, data and analytics, live promotion and production, and arts management. 

The student body at USC is extraordinarily diverse: it is racially and ethnically a majority/minority population with a full range of expressions of gender, ability, and sexual identities which we embrace as a source of institutional strength and community pride. The University’s commitment to building an academic environment hospitable to this wide range of diversity is full and complete. To that end, we are seeking to create as diverse a pool of candidates as possible; one which reflects the broad diversity of identities and experiences that comprise the country as well as the field of Jazz Studies. 


Principal duties include teaching MUIN 497 DIY Touring.  This is a 2-unit, 1-semester course that meets for two hours per week in the fall semesters.  The course covers principles and techniques of introductory / DIY concert touring.  The course is specifically designed for the DIY artist’s first tour and includes, preparing and planning for a tour, booking basics at the club/café level, fan building, working with house sound engineers, transportation on a budget, merchandise development, basic budgeting, show preparation, band agreements and more.


The ideal candidate for this position will have demonstrated professional success in recently touring at the club-level and possessing relationships with club, café and small theater owners. Additionally, the successful candidate will have hands-on basic technical stagehand experience in rigging, lighting, backline and basic live-audio mixing at the club level. Successful applicants will be expected to have a demonstrated record of experience and accomplishment working in a highly diverse environment and of promoting equity and inclusion in the work that they do and in their approach to the profession.

  • Minimum Education:  a minimum of a bachelor’s degree or degree requirements may be substituted with at least five-years recent club touring experience at a supervisory level

  • Preferred Education:  a bachelor’s degree

  • Preferred Experience:  at least three-years recent club touring experience at a supervisory level. Teaching experience at a college or university, or in an online program specializing in touring at the club-level is a plus.

Course compensation will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.  Review of applications will commence in June 2021 and the position will remain open until filled.

To Apply

Interested candidates must apply through the USC online system.  Candidates are asked to provide a curriculum vitae, a cover letter, and email addresses for three references.  Do not send recordings and other supporting materials unless requested.  Materials will not be returned.