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Updated Articles and Resources

By Heather McDonald

    Updated Articles and Resources
    • How To Get an MTV Internship Created: Wednesday, October 13, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Wondering how to get an MTV internship? An MTV internship, or work experience at one of the network's sister channels such as a VH1 internship or CMT internship, is an incredible music industry res...
    • Use Twitter for Music Promotion Created: Wednesday, August 13, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Twitter is taking the internet by storm, but can you use it for your music career. Find out how musicians can use Twitter to promote their music.
    • CD Baby Online Music Distributor Created: Wednesday, March 19, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      CD Baby offers an easy option for indie labels to get their music into the hands of their customers. It gets lots of praise, but is it worth the hype?
    • Promoter Created: Thursday, March 15, 2007 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      What are the responsibilities of a music promoter? A promoter can be hugely influential to your music career, so understanding their role is key.
    • 360 Deals Created: Saturday, April 05, 2008 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      360 deals are becoming an increasingly common deal structure for major label contracts, but not every thinks they give the artist a fair shake.
    • How To Network in the Music Industry Created: Monday, May 17, 2010 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      These tips for music industry networking will tell you how to network in the music business - even if you hate to network.
    • Self Promote Your Music Created: Monday, April 16, 2007 Updated: Saturday, April 12, 2014
      The ability to self promote your music can make the difference between playing to a packed house and a lifetime of musical obscurity. Find out how to make sure your music is getting heard by being ...
    • Artist Manager Created: Sunday, January 07, 2007 Updated: Saturday, April 12, 2014
      Love music, but can't play? Artist management may be for you. Find out what a day is like in the life of a band manager and how to get started in this field.
    • How to Start a Record Label Created: Monday, May 18, 2009 Updated: Saturday, April 12, 2014
      Do you have record label aspirations but aren't sure how to take action? As they say, starting at the beginning is a very good place start. When it comes to starting a record label, understanding t...
    • How to Send a Music Demo to Record Labels Created: Sunday, March 11, 2007 Updated: Saturday, April 12, 2014
      Ever wondered how to get record labels to listen to your music demo? The right approach will your songs into the hands of the people who need to hear them. Learn how to get it done.
    • One Sheet Template Created: Thursday, July 24, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      One sheets, or record sales sheets, are important tools used by distributors to sell releases to stores. Here's a template that gets the job done." itemprop="description" itemprop="description...
    • Music Genre Created: Saturday, December 31, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014
      Genre is a term that is used a lot in the music industry, but what is it? Get the definition for genre in this entry in the music career glossary.
    • Music Business Etiquette Created: Wednesday, February 03, 2010 Updated: Saturday, April 05, 2014
      Music business etiquette matters more than you might think. After all, if the music industry is all about who you know, then it makes sense to treat the people you meet in the business with respect...
    • Music Teacher Career Profile Created: Monday, December 22, 2008 Updated: Friday, April 04, 2014
      If you have musical talent and the patience to share your knowledge with others, a music teacher job might be the right music career for you. Learn more about work as a music teacher and the different career paths you can take when you teach music for a living.
    • Load In Created: Saturday, October 04, 2008 Updated: Friday, April 04, 2014
      Load in is a term used in concert promotion and show booking. Learn more about why knowing what time load in is is important to for your gig.
    • Promote Music Online Created: Wednesday, April 29, 2009 Updated: Thursday, April 03, 2014
      Online music promotion can be a musician's best friend, but it can also be extremely overwhelming. Learn more about internet music promotion options and how you can do an effective job of promoting...
    • Talent Buyer Created: Sunday, August 21, 2011 Updated: Thursday, April 03, 2014
      If you play live music, talent buyers will figure prominently in your life. Find out what a talent buyer is in this entry in the Music Industry Glossary.
    • How to Pick Your Album's First Single Created: Tuesday, February 28, 2012 Updated: Monday, March 31, 2014
      You've got your album recorded - now you just have to choose which music single to release. Picking a first single from your album is a tough job, and it's not unusual for musicians to get feedback about their music single choices that conflicts with what they're feeling in their guts. Here is what you need to know before your choose your album's first single.
    • Music Industry Glossary Created: Sunday, April 27, 2008 Updated: Monday, March 31, 2014
      If you want to walk the walk, you have to be able to talk the talk. Use this crib sheet to brush up on your music industry vocab so you always sound like you're one step ahead of the game.
    • How to Pick a Music Producer Created: Monday, December 31, 2012 Updated: Monday, March 31, 2014
      The music producer you choose for your album could have a massive impact on how it sounds - or not. So, which are you looking for? That is just one of the things to keep in mind as you're choosing ...
    • Quick Tips for Music Industry Success Created: Thursday, April 22, 2010 Updated: Monday, March 31, 2014
      Do you need some music industry tips to help jump start your career? These music industry tips will help you make sure your music career gets off on the right track.
    • Should You Censor Your Music? Created: Monday, March 31, 2014 Updated: Monday, March 31, 2014
      Profanity and music - sure, they sometimes go hand in hand - but should they? Here, Ron Mexico examines the issue the complex issues surrounding censorship and music and asks whether musicians shou...
    • 5 More Music Industry Home Truths Created: Monday, March 31, 2014 Updated: Monday, March 31, 2014
      You saw the first collection of home truths about the music business - now get the inside story about five more truths you need to know about how the music industry REALLY functions.
    • Music and Message: How Responsible Should Musicians Be? Created: Friday, February 28, 2014 Updated: Friday, February 28, 2014
      Hey musicians, are you role models? Like it or not, you just may be - at least according to guest author Ron Mexico. How concerned should you be about the message in your music, and what responsibi...
    • 4 Things You Need to Do Before You Release an Album Created: Tuesday, December 31, 2013 Updated: Friday, February 28, 2014
      Getting ready to release an album? Got a plan? Besides announcing it on Facebook? Get serious about your album release with these tips.
    • Can I Ever Make Money in the Music Business? Created: Thursday, February 27, 2014 Updated: Thursday, February 27, 2014
      You've heard the headlines. The music industry is going down in flames. No one buys music anymore. Anyone who tries to get into music now is dreaming. Is that the horrible reality, or are things no...
    • Chess Records Profile Created: Friday, January 31, 2014 Updated: Friday, January 31, 2014
      Like the blues? Like rock? Thank Chess. This revolutionary label set the stage for just about everything you're playing on your iPod right now. Find out more in this profile of Chess Records
    • Indie Concert Promotion Tips Created: Friday, January 31, 2014 Updated: Friday, January 31, 2014
      Are you a musician with a local show coming up? You don't need a big budget and a huge team to get people through the door. Try these low-budget, highly effective indie concert promo tips to get yo...
    • Should I Get a Music Business Degree? Created: Saturday, November 30, 2013 Updated: Wednesday, January 29, 2014
      Dedicated music business degree programs are popping up all over the place. If you want to work in the music business, should you consider one of these programs? Find out what you need to know about earning a music business degree and how having one - or not having one - impacts your future job outlook.
    • Concert Promoters, Bookers and Agents: What is the Difference? Created: Tuesday, November 09, 2010 Updated: Tuesday, December 31, 2013
      Music promoters, bookers, agents - what is the difference? When you're just dipping your toes into the live music waters, it can be confusing trying to figure out who is a concert promoter, who is ...
    • 4 Ways to Engage Music Fans Online Created: Tuesday, December 31, 2013 Updated: Tuesday, December 31, 2013
      Having a social media presence is important for musicians. What you do with that presence matters even more. Find out how to really make your music social media pages work for you with these four t...
    • The College Student's Guide to Music Internships Created: Saturday, November 30, 2013 Updated: Saturday, November 30, 2013
      Music business internships are a great way to get an edge when you're looking for a job in the highly competitive music industry. They help you get experience and make connections with people who c...

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