If you've ever thought about performing music for a living, you probably have a lot of questions like these:
From practicing for an audition, to putting your homemade music videos on YouTube, this guide will help you figure out some of the answers.
Berklee is a famous school in Boston training professionals to work in jazz, popular music, commercial music, songwriting, and the music business.
Performing music might seem like an easy, fun job, but behind the scenes, music professionals eat, sleep, and breathe their work. Success takes time, dedication, hard work, and luck.
You may need to be willing to work for free while you're just starting out in music. But, while you're doing it, you could be meeting people already working who could teach you the business, and help you to succeed.
Put yourself out there and network! If you write song lyrics, get together with other people who write music, sing or play instruments, or have recording equipment. Listen to a lot of music, go out to see live shows, and watch music videos to see what's popular and learn from the competition.
If you were in another industry you might leave your business card with potential customers. But you're in the music business, so a demo of you and your songs will introduce you when you're not there to perform live.
You'll need effective marketing for yourself and your music to make it in today's music industry. Take a look at what some experts have to say.
We hope you're excited to learn more about the music business. Be sure to let us know if you'd like some help. Just call, e-mail us through our Ask-a-Librarian service, or write to us:
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