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Live Nation Moves to Paid Internships, Receives 15,000 Applications

Live Nation has selected 50 interns out of 15,000 applications.

Live Nation’s concert division has moved to a paid internship model in 2022 with the hope of developing a more equitable live entertainment industry. The decision is part of the promoter’s mission to diversify its workforce and paid positions give a wider range of young people the opportunity to participate. In previous years, Live Nation interns earned college credit for their time.

“Moving to a paid internship program is an important step that allows us to keep bringing in the best candidates – not just the ones that can afford to intern for school credit,” Live Nation president of touring Omar Al-Joulani in a release. “The music business isn’t taught in most schools so interning at Live Nation will give students great real world experience, and we’re excited to help them explore all the career paths in live music.”

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This year, the world’s largest promoter chose 50 applicants out of a record-breaking 15,000 submissions. Those chosen are a mix of college students in their junior or senior years and recent graduates. Recent graduates have been expanded to include those who graduated in 2020 and 2021 since those students had fewer opportunities for internships during the pandemic.

Interns will work in various departments across the company’s U.S. concerts division including talent, marketing, business development, accounting, booking, creative production, as well as strategy and analytics.

According to Live Nation, the internship program runs from 12 to 16 weeks depending on school schedules and role responsibilities. Intern candidates were selected from more than 40 colleges and universities, and will work in various cities across the country including Los Angeles, Nashville, Philadelphia, Chicago, Atlanta, Houston and more.