I borrowed this message from Walter Tucker, President, and Founder of LiveThe.Biz. For a decade, he has served as a consultant on the business end for the teams behind such stars as 50 Cent, Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake, Jazmine Sullivan, and Adele.
How musicians can break into the music industry:
- Master your craft: Whether singing, songwriting, rapping, playing an instrument, or producing music, all musicians need to spend a considerable amount of time perfecting their talent. Hire a talent coach, perform to build up experience with live shows, study those that came before you, experiment, get professional feedback and tons of practice.
- Decide your message: Having talent is great, but every musician needs to focus on their message and what they want to express to the world. Making music is not just about skill, but also about feeling and freedom of expression. In order to build a fanbase and a following, your songs should connect to a specific audience and give a voice to those who don’t perform. Talent will make you a good singer, but talent with a message will make you a great artist.
- Record, record, record: As they’re perfecting their craft and finding their message, all musicians need to record their music and begin creating full songs. Finding the best producers to help develop your sound and working with songwriters to create captivating songs can make or break your career. Delivering your best material to fully represent your vision and talent.
- Market and promote yourself: After making great songs, musicians must be involved with the marketing and promotion of their content. Technology has made it easier to create and distribute music. However, this also has created an oversaturation of music projects. To combat that, it’s extremely important for you to be creative in how you promote yourself. You must be savvy in building your social media presence, take amazing photos that highlight your brand, interact with your followers, and so on.
- Network to build a team: While creating and performing your music, you also need to attend networking events, open mics, music conferences, and go anywhere else where you can make creative and business connections. Network with music producers, find fellow musicians to collaborate withHow rising music executives can break into the music industry:
- Research what you want to do in the industry: There are so many people I’ve met at LiveThe.Biz events or in classes I teach who want to work in music but haven’t decided what they want to do. Spend time researching careers. Look up the job descriptions on the websites of music brands and on LinkedIn. Read articles on music websites about established music executives. Listen to music industry podcasts. This will give an idea of what jobs are out there and what skills are needed.
- Get valuable experience: Whether assistant, college intern, apprentice, or any other entry-level position, find it and take it to gain experience working in the music business. This will help in defining what you’re good at and help build up your resume and industry connections. Building up relevant skills in another industry also can be very useful.
- Network, network, network: As you’re gaining experience, build up your contact list of peers and executives in the entertainment business. This will help you to learn about career opportunities, get job references, and receive mentorship.
- Go for it: Whether applying for open positions or starting your own company, the best way to break into the industry is to go for it. Focus on positions that are looking for people with your skillset.
- Believe in yourself: Just like musicians, executives need to stay motivated and encouraged. Remember to have fun, learn as much as you can, and stay focused.
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- Believe in yourself: Always remember why you want to be an artist and stay motivated. It can be a very rough business, but what’s worse is not pursuing your passion and giving up your dreams because of fear.
I just thought you would appreciate some words from another professional.