Important Music Industry Career Tips You Need to Know

Music Industry Career ConcertEvery career sector is constantly changing and evolving, which is especially true for a music industry career. It has seen a multitude of changes over the past few years. With the rise of digital downloads and the internet, there are a new wave of opportunities and challenges for fresh faces to encounter in their music industry careers.

These tips will hopefully help you navigate the music industry and get a great start in your future career.

1. DIY Make Music

The rise of digital downloads and streaming has meant that the amount of music artists achieving record deals like they did in the past is dwindling. And It has been for a while. 
Usually a band would play some shows. Then they would try and get their name out there, with the hope of getting noticed and signed to a record company. Being a signed artist would mean you would have a contract. With that contract a record company would provide money for you to record your album(s). Today fewer music artists are  “making it” this way. That means you’ll have to be a little bit more creative when it comes to making your music.

With the problems that technological advancements have brought for the music industry, there has also been many new opportunities. It has never been easier to record high quality music for cheap and at home. There is a plethora of recording software out there, some free and some cost money and more people than ever are taking advantage of having home studio set ups. Whether you want to invest in one yourself or find a friend who would be willing to let you use theirs, it is very easy in 2018 to have a more DIY approach to making your own music. It is one of the best ways to build your music industry career.

2. Sign up for a Modern Music Course

There are more and more music related courses for people to attend to learn some skills to start their career in the music industry. When deciding upon which course suits you, it is best to choose one that will give you skills relevant to the current music industry. Due to the many changes that have occurred over the past two decades, some music courses will potentially teach outdated principles.

For Example, at Notting Hill Academy of Music, they insist on their courses being up-to-date with the current climate. Their music business entrepreneur course will give you relevant skills which are useful for success in the music industry.

3. Networking

Something that hasn’t changed is how important networking can be for your career. Often it is found that the best opportunities come from knowing someone and beginning to collaborate in this way.

Whether you are interested in the business side of the music industry, or you are a musician looking for a band to join or you’re already in a band looking for other people to help boost your profile. Networking in the digital age is much more powerful than it ever has been. You are now able to use social media and see never ending amount of potential connections you can make.

Using a website such as LinkedIn, Facebook is a great way to network with like-minded individuals on future projects.

Mick Dobson, a freelance writer with a passion for everything to do with music and the music industry.

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