Breaking into the music business
Working in the music business is often one of the most desirable show business careers. People interested in achieving fame and fortune long to have that one big hit to catch the ear of a music producer. Others are interested in working behind the scenes and mingling with the stars while their work ensures the artist's future success. Whether you want to be in front of a microphone or behind a sound board, there are a few things you need to know about the music industry that can help you to focus your career interests and maximize your potential for breaking into the music business.
Music Business Degrees
In many different career paths, a degree can mean the difference between a minimum wage job and a high-salaried position. In some industries, you won't even get a job interview, let alone get hired, unless you have a degree. The music industry can be quite different. A music business degree may or may not help in your quest of breaking into the music business.
If you desire to become a performing artist, a music business degree may lend credence to your technical knowledge, but unless it is backed up by talent, it will not advance your career. If you want to work in music promotion or music publishing, however, a music business degree can be extremely helpful, proving that you have the training necessary to undertake the job for which you are hired.
Music Business Fields
There are many different areas within the music industry that you can explore, in order to determine where your interests lie and how best to find a gig. For instance, the hip hop music business is currently booming as more hip hop artists emerge, and many mainstream artists venture into the realm of hip hop for a song, an album, or an entire career. Other areas of the music business that you may consider include country music, pop music and classical music.
Music business jobs are often very coveted. For every job, there are many who want to achieve it. Breaking into the music business requires you to have the most carefully refined skill sets possible, so that you can prove that you are the best of the best at what you do. Whether you sing, record, direct or produce, you must have the talents necessary to beat out all of the competition.