Music industry internships offer valuable hands-on music industry experience and the chance to make connections with people who may be able to help you find a music industry job. A music business internship also lets you dip your toes in the water so you can get a feel for what working in the industry is really like to decide if this is definitely the path for you. Internships are plentiful, but you have to know where to look. Learn more.
Check Company Websites
Large music industry companies, such as major record labels, larger indie labels and concert promotion companies list info about their internship programs on their websites. Invest a few hours in researching the opportunities to see which programs interest you and which are qualified for.
Check Your School's Job Placement Office
If you are in college, your school's job placement office or the dean of your academic program should maintain a list of available internships. Many schools can even help you with the application process. If you are in a music related degree program, companies may list their internship opportunities with your school directly.
If your school doesn't have an internship program or if your major is not music related, don't be afraid to still speak up and ask for help. Your advisor can likely offer some advice or ask for advice from someone in the music department.
Suggest Your Own Internship
If you can't find any info about internships at the company you would like to work with, or if you don't qualify for the internships you have found, consider creating your own internship. If you approach an indie label, local promoter or another, smaller music business and ask for experience, they may be willing to give you a few hours of work. Be sure to let them know why you want to work with them and that you would be happy to take on any kind of work they are willing to give you.
Be open to lots of different types of internships. Competition is stiff, so you may not land your dream internship right out of the gate. Don't rule out experience with a local promoter if you really wanted to work for Sony. Every bit of experience you can get should be valued and will help you move closer to landing the internship (or job) you really have your eye on.
Be Willing to Work
Being an music industry intern has little to do with after parties and more to do with stuff envelopes and making coffee. Be willing to do the grunt work. So many people fail in the music industry because they get into it thinking it's one big party. Conveying the impression that you understand that this is WORK and that you're willing to do whatever it takes will get you noticed when a paying position opens up.
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