Hoe do I break into the music business?

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Answered by: Eighty, An Expert in the Music Careers - General Category
Well it depends on how you want to break into the music business, if you are a band or artist you definitly want to practice, and then when you feel you are good enough make a demo of your songs so that you can hear yourself. You will want to take time to critically listen to your songs and the recordings for problem areas or parts of song (if they are originals) that may seem out of place or lag.

When you feel the demos are good and the songs are great, meaning they have a memorable chorus and truly represent you, as an artist. Then try to get shows in your area, you do not need to move to Los Angeles or New York City to get a record deal. Making videos and promoting locally, creating a grass roots following and then expanding the areas you play in, is how most bands get picked up.

If you lack the talent and drive to be an artist or musician but love to be around music and musicians there are thousands of jobs in the music industry, from roadies (who load gear and set up stages and are the backbone of band tour support) To stage managers, tour managers, lighting, rigging.

If you are technically minded maybe being a recording or live engineer (who study sound and analyze the music, making adjustments to individual instruments and even frequencies) might be more suited to those more analytical.

Often there are intern positions with most record labels and recording studios, that allow you to learn for free, while working in the studio environment. Others find that going to school for music business is the best help, or leg up.

The most important thing about the music business is knowing what you want, it is very easy to get caught up in the glamour of the artists in the spotlight moments, but its a lot of work.

The recording studio is a lot of critical listening, and editing both of music and lyrics.

Then the mixing engineer polishes the tracks and that takes even more critical listening.

Then finally the mastering engineer puts the final sheen on the tracks.

Each of these jobs is key to help the music business get the ball rolling. From there the tracks must be pressed to cd or just passed onto a publisher.

A publisher's job is to help get the songs heard, by connecting to tv, film, radio and internet sites.

The publisher might work with a press agent, who contacts magazines and new sources to help spread the word.

Booking agents, help create tour opportunities and sometimes work with vendors to make merchandise sold at the shows, which is often a bands major source of income.

The music business can be ominous, but it can be fun and rewarding, just not always necessarily monetarily.

The statistics of a band getting signed are around 5% of the bands that made cd's and submit them to labels.

The statistics of bands breaking even is only 5% of that.

If you are looking to make money, and office job like promotions or managing is your best bet, unless you are willing to bear it all.

One thing I have learned is that anything you want, you have to sacrifice something for, and in the music business its usually something you don't want to give up.

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