Things You Must Know When Pursuing a Career in the Music Industry

Also, meet a few guys who've done it right.

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Turns out that apart from dreaming to become a rockstar, there are quite a few other things you can do when it comes to business within the music industry.

Needless to say, there are guidelines and steps to help you along the way, and sticking to these several steps is pretty much a must if you want to make it.

What to Focus On

Network, Network, Network!

The entertainment industry is a small community. Meet as many people as you can and try to identify who the key players are. Making them aware you exist is an important beginning step.

Know Your Market

Understanding trends, fads and hypes are crucial to a successful career, let alone to major companies/management. Learn to identify what is "in" and take advantage of the opportunities they present.

Build Your Brand Online

Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are great, but a personal account is not the optimal choice for a professional appearance. Create and maintain a personal and professional account. Having accounts with sites such as LinkedIn and AngelList will also help show you in a professional manner as well as make online networking easy.

Consistency Is Key

Keep an open mind and work with as many people who show potential for greatness as possible. Being a part of great projects can have great return. Success breeds success.


We all had to start some somewhere. Try to get an internship at a company that can offer you experience and let you interact with their projects and not their coffee runs.

Plan You Dream Job and Know Your Career Options

Whatever it is you aspire to be - audio engineer, guitar designer, solo artist—knowing your dream job will help you better research companies and colleges.

A Few Guys Who Made It

You say that it's impossible to make it? Well how about these dudes?

Stay in Touch

The music industry is an ever-changing entity that is always redefining itself. To stay current, you have to be able and willing to keep up with the latest technology, trends, bands, businesses and news.

A Few Ways You Can Keep Up

  • Go to concerts and other industry-related events
  • Meet and network with other musicians
  • Maintain an active social media presence
  • Stay up to date with the latest technologies
  • Read current music blogs and magazines
Finally, get up and actually do something! Remain proactive, passionate and don't let 'em bring you down!

About the Author:

Musicians Institute provides an innovative education that prepares graduates for creative and professional careers in the contemporary music industry. MI is dedicated to providing comprehensive instruction, facilities and other resources to support and inspire artistic and professional accomplishment.

Musicians Institute is a private institution that is approved to operate in the State of California by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education and has been an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music since 1981.

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    Great, now UG is getting into the advertorial business. How much did MI pay you to write this drivel?
    "know your market"?! Damn! Today's music market is the worst music market imo. I guess that's some awful luck right there.
    Today's music market is just too vast too comprehend in its entirety. Pick a genre, even a ridiculously named one and you'll find it has its own market itself. It's just 'chart' music that gets the publicity.