So you want to start a career in the music industry. That’s honestly a long shot but it’s not entirely impossible either. Entering music business is probably one of the most exciting yet complex businesses in the world. If you want to become a star, you have to work for it or else it won’t happen. Remember, a person with great dreams can attain great things.
To help you get started, here are some essential habits that you should try to develop if you want to reach down the lane of success:
Get ordinary music lovers to love your music. Nowadays, you can simply upload a video of yourself singing and get thousands of views depending on how good your music is. However, that doesn't necessarily mean you have already what it takes for record labels to invest their money and time developing, promoting and marketing that music. Your music must greatly stand out in some significant, original, dynamic and creative way. So you must do what it takes to prove to the industry that ordinary music fans in your city love your music. How can you do that?
- Give away samples of your music and put some of your songs on the internet that permits people to download or sample new music.
- Check if your music has what it takes to entertain the public
- If people love your music, continue to give away your music; but this time, do it in a more restricted or controlled way.
- The time will come when you can finally charge a reasonable fee for access to your music.
Play live in public places without having to worry about getting paid. You have to decide whether you’re a musician who is in for the money or a musician who is in for the music. If you’re after making good music, you’ll take every chance to play music for people. On the other hand, money-focused musicians complain about not finding club gigs that pay anything. The truth is, if you make your living merely as a musician in the first years of your career, it’s going to be difficult for you—think about heading for a breakdown or disappointment. Remember, no successful legendary musician made it to the top without going through struggles and hard work. What do you need to do?
- Always be determined and motivated.
- Go out there and play on the streets, schools, fairs, festival, benefit events and so on.
- Offer your services to non-profits, charities, church groups and other companies or organizations.
- Hang out at places like a club or a restaurant to look for gig possibilities.
- You can also opt to start your own jam sessions.
Once you have established yourself out there, many people will come to see you play live at your shows. The paid gigs will also increase. Just keep on playing because that’s what musicians are supposed to do.
Protect your investment by registering your songs for appropriate copyright protection. Many artists fail to do this part which is really an essential task. What is a $40 registration compared to protecting your work? If you really aim to work hard and develop your career as a musician who writes your own original songs, then take time to comprehend the basics of copyright protections. You can learn how to file for copyright protection from the internet to the library.
Make promotional materials that will stand out. This will include bios, fact sheets, and cover letters, quote sheets, website and blog pages. If you want to promote your career and get any deal offers, make your promo materials persuasive and informative as possible. Highlight in your website or social media accounts your accomplishments, positive reviews, training and awards, past sales and live appearances.
Know the labels and music publishers. When you are contacted with any music industry company, don’t get too excited. Take time to learn a few things about the recording contract offer or the publishing company. While it’s a compliment to be approached for a deal, remember not to rush ahead. Ask the following questions:
- How have they done with your particular genre of music?
- What specific details are they offering you?
- Who runs the label or publishing company?
- What is their reputation in the music business?
- How do you like them as people?
These questions can be vital in making an impassive decision about a planning that could either make or break your career.
Get your own ‘Entertainment Law Attorney’ to represent you. The music industry will always involve an entertainment law attorney. Any relationship between a musician, a record label, a publisher, a merchandiser and others will come down to two attorneys discussing the contract for the musician and the record companies involved. The musician’s attorney and the music company’s attorney congregate, discuss over the phone, and fax or email or snail mail their offers and counter-offers amongst themselves. With that said, it is important to choose a highly regarded, moral, well respected attorney with adequate experience in making deals within the music industry. A good attorney will give you a good fight in the legal arena.
Get a good personal manager. While self-management is now the thing, there can be a time when the everyday job of looking after the business can take up too much time. It is during these times that a good manager can be very helpful. A very important job of a manager is to secure recording and publish contracts for their clients. That is why it is very important to select well connected and well respected managers. Remember, the music business is a “relationship” business; therefore, choose precisely who will be representing you in any business dealings.
Don’t just take advices from anyone. Well, unless you are certain that they know what they are talking about, it’s important to discern which opinions or advices can do well for your planned career.
The road to stardom is one thing that no once truly guarantee. It will take a lot of talent, money, political contacts and probably luck. When the big break finally comes for you, you have to be prepared for the business we call music.