I had a (rather disturbing) conversation a few days ago that reminded me what some people on the outside of the music industry think about what is going on INSIDE the music industry. I'll boil it down to this - there is a general perception that the music industry is filled with people who listen to records, go to shows, and drink beer for a living. Um - not true. Listen, say you want about declining music sales - a multi-billion dollar industry isn't run by people who don't work for a living.
And so, with that in mind, as you try to break into the music biz, either as an artist or on the business side, remember that you're actually dealing with professionals. It's important that your communication style lets people know that you get that this is work. It really, really matters. To that end, check out these tips for communicating like a professional in the music industry.