|Working in The Music Industry
Songwriting & Music Business Basics
How do I get started on the “business side” of the music business?
The music business can be an exciting and rewarding career option but can be a challenging field to break into as well. That’s why possessing a thorough understanding of how the business works and how all of the pieces and “players” in our industry fit together is essential. Familiarizing yourself with the record companies, publishers, distributors, promoters, live concert business, merchandisers, songwriters, engineers, studios, managers, and producers is key to learning how the business works. You should become knowledgeable of all the different facets of the music business and concentrate in areas that interest you.
Networking is key! It is extremely important to get to know others in the business and learn from their experiences. If you’re just starting out, landing an internship at a music company is a great way to get your foot in the door. Take advantage of your internship and ask your colleagues or executives if they will sit with you and talk about their experience and also share your career aspirations. Most executives would be happy to give some advice or insight to a motivated intern. If you’re clear about what you would like to do in the business, perhaps they could introduce you to someone who might have a lead on a job for you.
Attend music conferences to learn “who’s who” in the industry and to become aware of new opportunities. It’s a great way to network and meet industry professionals who have come in from all parts of the country. Take advantage of what’s going on in your hometown. Local acts may attract industry professionals, especially if that act has a substantial buzz. Take advantage because you never know whom you’ll meet! There are more opportunities in the major music markets (New York, Los Angeles, Nashville, Atlanta, Miami) but if you have no desire to move, then seek out the possibilities near you.
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