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Getting started in the music business, career profiles, recording a demo, salaries, internships, self employment, funding for music projects, music contracts
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  5. Music Industry Quick Tips (18)
  6. Music Promotion (60)

Should I Hire an Intern?
Think your small music business is too tiny for an intern? Think again. Small indie businesses can offer interns incredible experience. Find out if your company needs an intern on call.

Music Book Summer Reading List 2001
Everyone needs a good summer read, and these music business books definitely fit the bill. Make your time lounging beach or poolside with a book productive by flipping the pages of one of these music industry books. Some are music business advice books, others are artist stories, but they're all sure to teach you something. Read on.

Top Five Parent Questions about Music Industry
How can you help you child get a job in the music industry - and should you help at all? If your child wants to land music industry employment, and you're thinking of demanding they go to medical school instead, the answers to these five questions about working in the music industry may help you sleep a little easier at night. If your child has...

How to Work with Your Record Label
When you are signed to a record label, what can you do to make sure your relationship with that label thrives? If you're working with a major label, chances are that there are people working with the label on your behalf, but if you're signed to an indie label, especially a smaller indie label, you may personally be working very closely with the...

Five Reasons No One is Writing You Back
You've sent out emails about your new demo, album, label or music project, and now you're waiting. And waiting. Refreshing...refreshing again...nope, still nothing....and you're still waiting. Why? If your music industry emails seem to always go unanswered, find out five reasons that could be behind the delay. As you'll see, some things are out...

Five Ways to Jumpstart Your Music Career

If last year was a let down for your music career, now is the time to start anew. Don't sit around waiting for your music career to happen to you - step up and make it happen! Here are five ideas to breathe new life into your music career and to make sure you are building a foundation for long term music industry success. 

Music Career New Year Resolutions - Your Answers
What are your music career New Year's Resolutions? What do you plan to do in 2011 to make your music career take off? What are your goals. Share your goals, dreams and ideas for making your music career work in the New Year and draw a little inspiration from the stories of others.

Which Genre of Music is Hardest to Break Into?
Pop, Hip Hop, Country, Rock - which genre of music is hardest to break into? Which style of musicians find it hardest to get their big break - and why? Share your thoughts on what music genre is hardest to break into and see what your fellow musicians had to say.

What Music from Today will People Remember?
As a music lover, you've probably dug through the music of years past and come up with classic gems that won't quit. What music today falls into that category? What music from now will your kids and grandkids be listening to - if any? Share your thoughts.

Is Music Free - Should You Sell Your Music
Is all recorded music free? Share your thoughts about whether or not music is free and how you feel about people sharing your music without paying.

Four Music Industry Issues You Should Be Worrying About

You've heard all of the panic over file sharing and labels faltering, but what are the REAL issues in the music industry? Consider these four problems that don't get much attention in the music media but that have a huge impact on the industry.

Should The Music Industry Still Sell Music - Selling Music and The Mu…
A common argument of the "new music industry" crew is that recorded music should be free and that the music industry should not sell music. Is it true? Share your thoughts about the future of music sales.

Top Five Lessons Learned From Indie Labels

If you pay attention to what the majors are doing these days, you'll notice that things are looking a lot more indie around here. Labels are being forced to cope with a changing music industry, and they're using tactics indies have been using for years. Here are some indie label lessons bigger labels seem to be taking to heart.

Do I Need to Trademark My Label Name
Do you need to trademark a record label name? Learn whether or not your label name needs to be trademarked and how to handle the threat of someone else using your name.

Would You Start a Record Label?
Would you start a record label? Do you think record labels can still succeed or that it is every man for himself? Share your ideas about how to start a record label and whether or not you should even bother.

How to Start a Record Label
Do you have record label aspirations? Starting an indie label takes a lot of work, but you can do this! This step by step guide walks you through the basics of starting a record label, from funding to promotion to moving on to your second release.

Do You Still Buy CDs
There is a lot of hype these days about the CD being dead, much to the surprise of the people who still buy them. Are you among those numbers? Do you still buy CDs? Why or why not? Share your reasons you still buy - or avoid buying - CDs.

Music Industry Home Truths
There is a lot of misinformation out there about the music industry, and if you are trying to break into the business, this misinformation can be a real problem. Here are some music industry home truths and what you need to know about the music business.

Music Industry Myths: Making Money Makes You a Sellout
There's a fine line in the music industry between actively trying to make money from your music and making music purely for the sake of cash - but way too many musicians shoot themselves in the foot by avoiding any discussion of money in hopes of not seeming like sell outs. To make a living in music, you have to make money. That's the end of the...

Music Industry Myths: Someone Can Tell You How to Make It In The Music Industry
Music industry myths can get you off track in a big way when you're trying to get your music career off the ground. In this installment of music industry myths, learn more about whether or not you should pay for music advice and whether someone can tell you how to make it in the music industry.

Good Deal or Bad Deal?
Is that a fair music deal or an unfair music deal? Check out these scenarios and see if you can decide which ones are good music deals and which ones are bad music deals.

Album Release Costs
How much does it cost to release an album? The answer depends on several different factors, and the way you approach the project makes all the difference when it comes to costs spiralling out of control or coming in under budget. Find out more about how much it costs to release music.

Record Labels 101
Whether you have major label aspirations or want to know how to start a record label, this labels 101 guide has you covered. How DO you start a record label? What are the pros and cons of major labels and indie labels? Should you start a record label? How can you get money to start a record label? All these questions and more are covered right...

Music Industry Myths

There are tons of myths about how the music industry operates, and when you're trying to break into the business, these misconceptions can send you down the wrong path in a big way. Learn about some common music career myths so you can avoid falling into their traps. To get more details about any of the myths listed here, simply click on the "more info" links.

Music Industry Myths: You Can Do It All Yourself
Music industry myths can get you off track in a big way when you're trying to get your music career off the ground. In this installment of music industry myths, learn more about the limitations of trying to do everything yourself and why you may need some help.

Music Industry Myth: CDs are Dead
Music industry myths can get you off track in a big way when you're trying to get your music career off the ground. In this installment of music industry myths, learn more whether or not the CD format has made its last stand.

Music Industry Myths: Never Say I Don't Know
Music industry myths can get your off track in a big way when you're trying to get your music career off the ground. In this installment of music industry myths, learn more about how faking it until you make could actually hold you back in your music career.

Music Industry Myths: You Can Do It All Online
Music industry myths can get your off track in a big way when you're trying to get your music career off the ground. In this installment of music industry myths, learn more about how trying to conduct your entire music career online could be holding you back.

Music Industry Myths: Demos Should Be Expensive/Demos Are For Amateurs
Music industry myths can get your off track in a big way when you're trying to get your music career off the ground. In this installment of music industry myths, learn more about music demo related misconceptions and how to be approach sending a music demo to a record label.

Concert Promotion Costs
If you're a music promoter, the cost of putting on a show obviously makes all the difference to your bottom line. Find out more about the concert costs you need to know about before you book that gig.

One Sheet Template
One sheets, or record sales sheets, are used by distributors to sell releases to stores. Information that could help the store sell your album should be included on the album sales sheet, as well as information the record shop needs to know, like the dealer price for the record and the formats. Find out how to put together a good one sheet that shows your music release in the best light possible.

How to Shoot a Music Video
Music videos used to be the domain of major labels, with the budgets to shoot the videos and the pull to get them on MTV. That has all changed. Not only can you shoot a music video yourself for very little, there are plenty of new ways you can get your music videos to your fans. Find out how to become your own music video director and follow...

Managing Music Career Disappointments
Working in creative industries can be fraught with disappointments, and the music industry is no exception. The trick is to deal with the disappointments without losing track of your goals. Find out how to handle some common music biz bummers.

Music Career New Years Resolutions
New year, new music career. Make this the year that you accomplish all of your music career goals - this article will give you the help you need to get everything on track.

Guest List Dos and Don'ts
Everyone is your best friend when you have control of the guest list, but managing it properly is important to building good relationships and getting your music heard by the people who can help you.

Make the Most of the Holidays for your Music Career
The holidays can be a hard time for independent bands and labels to get attention in the press, but that doesn't mean that all is lost. You can use the holidays to connect with your fans, while having fun and generating some interest from the press - find out how.

What's the Deal with the Internet Royalty Rate Debate?
You've no doubt heard a lot about the internet radio royalty debate, but you might not know the basics. Learn the facts so you can make an informed decision about this issue.

Music Business Rules - How to Get Ahead in the Music Industry
The music business is highly competitive, and getting a foot in the door can be notoriously difficult. If you have music business aspirations, however, there are a few things you can do to make yourself stand out from the competition. Following these rules can help you get noticed for all of the right reasons - give them a try if you want to get ahead.

Payola: Influencing the Charts
A look at the music industry issue of payola.

Five Tips for Impressing at Music Business Internships
Music business internships can be a great foot in the door if you have your sights set on a music industry career, but you've got to stand out from the crowd if you really want your internship to lead to a job. I know, like you weren't stressed out enough, right? Well, here's the good news - although music industry internships come in all...

Five Ways to Blow Your Music Career
Trying to break into the music business or make a living as a musician requires hard work, dedication, patience and not a little bit of luck. In other words, it's tough enough without shooting yourself in the foot by engaging surefire career shorteners. If you want to build a sustainable music career - and yes, give up the day job - that avoid...

Music Industry Quick Tip: Follow the Rules
When you're trying to establish yourself in the music industry, you're bound to bump up against one thing: music business rules. The label has rules about how to submit your demo. The venue has rules on how you should pitch for a show. The PR company has rules about how you should send your music to them. In this music industry quick tip, find out why following the rules is crucial, no matter how frustrating they may feel.

Read Music News
When you read music news online, you'll find out pretty quickly that a lot of sources have conflicting information. How do you read music news online? Find out how to become a smart consumer of music information online.

Music Industry Quick Tip - Make It Easy for Your Fans
What is one the easiest ways to keep your fans excited about your music? Make it easy for them to get your music, discuss your music and engage in the general business of being a fan. In this music industry quick tip, find out why you should always make it as easy as possible for your fans to get what they want, even if it means a little more work on your end.

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