Music photographers can have a fun and rewarding job. Music photography originated as music photojournalism and eventually over time as the popularity of different types of music grew and the demand for photos increased, music got its own category in photography.
Many music photographers are freelance and sell their images to magazines and other publications. Others are employed by publications or by the bands themselves. Freelance music photography can be very rewarding in that the photographer's work gets out into the main stream and gets recognized and that may get him or her jobs they really want.
Publications in the entertainment industries have a big fan base and pretty large circulations. Many of the magazines have musicians and music lovers in mind and submitting photos to them would be in the freelance photographer's best interest. Check online or in the front of the magazine and to find the submission requirements before mailing in any work is advised.
Getting work from a band on a regular basis can also be a great opportunity. The work is local but other local bands can be picked up and a reputation as a photographer who does the photography for bands is a good one to have. The images will be seen in local newspapers, cd covers, and any bio information the bad gives out, as well as web site content.