The City of Music Internship, a Seattle Music Commission initiative launched in 2015 and administered by EMP Museum and the Seattle Office of Film + Music, is a unique opportunity for individuals who are interested in the music industry and its many moving parts. Interns participate in the yearlong program – divided into four internship experiences at four different music focused organizations – spending three months at each location.

For 2017, four interns will work for a three-month period, up to 12 hours a week, with a week off in-between each phase of the internship at: EMP Museum, a nonprofit museum dedicated to contemporary popular culture; Napster, an online music service; Seattle Theatre Group (STG), a non-profit arts organization which operates historic theaters; and Sub Pop Records, a legendary record label that has been signing artists and selling records since 1988.

The goal of the City of Music Internship is to work with capable and interested individuals to better their understanding of how different organizations in Seattle work directly with artists, and how each of the companies market and support the artists’ vision and careers. By bringing interested people into a diverse learning experience and connecting them directly with local music focused organizations, this program provides a direct talent pipeline into Seattle’s music industry. The hope is that every individual who completes the program will come away from the internship with a broadened perspective on Seattle’s music industry and the many organizations that contribute to music being a vital staple of the city’s culture.

Who:  4 students actively pursuing a Bachelor’s or Graduate degree; must be 18+
What: City of Music Internship
Where: EMP, Napster, STG, Sub Pop
When: January 9th – December 22nd 2017 (12 hours/week)
Compensation:  $100 travel stipend/month at EMP, STG, and Sub Pop; $15/hr. at Napster

CLICK HERE for a detailed schedule of the 2017 internship.


EMP_Logo_125x160EMP is a leading-edge nonprofit museum, dedicated to the ideas and risk-taking that fuel contemporary popular culture. With its roots in rock ‘n’ roll, EMP serves as a gateway museum, reaching multigenerational audiences through our collections, exhibitions, and educational programs, using interactive technologies to engage and empower our visitors. At EMP, artists, audiences and ideas converge, bringing understanding, interpretation, and scholarship to the popular culture of our time.


Napster is a leading streaming music service that gives members ad-free access to more than 32 million songs. Whether they’re listening on their phone, at home, at work, or in the car, Napster goes where they go. Their expert team of editors create a curated music experience that’s easy for members worldwide to gather and enjoy new original content including videos, playlists, reviews, and radio stations — anytime and anywhere.


STG_Logo_125x140Seattle Theatre Group (STG) is a non-profit arts organization that operates the historic Paramount, Moore and Neptune Theatres in Seattle, Washington. STG’s mission is to make diverse performing arts and education an integral part of our region’s cultural identity while keeping these three landmark venues alive and vibrant with a broad range of programming that entertains and enriches the community.


SubPop_Logo_125x225Founded by Bruce Pavitt and Jonathan Poneman in 1988, Sub Pop Records is an independent record label based in Seattle, WA. With early releases by Nirvana, Mudhoney, Soundgarden, and TAD, the label is often associated with “the grunge movement.” Later years saw record album releases from such artists as: Sebadoh, Sunny Day Real Estate, The Murder City Devils, Hot Hot Heat, The Shins, Iron and Wine, The Postal Service, Band of Horses, David Cross, Flight of the Conchords, Fleet Foxes, Beach House, Washed Out, and The Head and the Heart, among many other very talented and deserving artists.



Thank you for your interest in the City of Music Internship. Recruitment for 2017 is currently closed. After the interview process, we will notify the four selected 2017 City of Music interns of their acceptance into the program the week of December 5.

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