Career Building in the Music Business

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Today’s music business is complex and multi-faceted.  The following resources offer practical guidance toward building your own music career.

The Established 'Record Industry' 

The powerful music business model that evolved and flourished throughout the second half of the twentieth century faltered at the beginning of the twenty-first.

The New 'Music Entrepreneur'

The digital revolution has made many working musicians into 'do-it-yourselfers' and entrepreneurs, with the world as their marketplace.

Careers in the Music Business

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From performance, to teaching, to production, to administration, there are a lot more career paths in the music business today than you might imagine.

Databases for Researching the Music Industry

Several of the Library's databases, including ERIC, General ProQuest (both of which can be used from home with a library card), and JSTOR (for in-library use only), should be among your first stops when looking for information about today's music business.

Contact Us

If you'd like more information, please visit us, email us through our Ask-A-Librarian service, call us at (410) 396-5490 or mail your question to:

Fine Arts & Music Department
Enoch Pratt Free Library
State Library Resource Center
400 Cathedral Street
Baltimore MD 21201