Training For Your Dream Career In MusicPosted: 12th of May 2015 by
If you have a passion for music you may well dream of one-day making it big in the industry. To achieve this goal you will need some talent, dedication, and often a little bit of luck. For every artist who breaks through to the big-time there are hundreds who never quite make it. However, you can take steps to improve your chances and also gain skills that will help you find work in the music business – even if you are not yet successful as an artist in your own right. Getting the right experience, skills, and knowledge can be invaluable for a career in the music business, which is why so many top names took time to study aspects of the industry. Even those who seem to have risen from nowhere and self-promoted themselves online to build a fan-base gained some experience first, plus the more you know, the less you will have to rely on (and pay) others.
However, before you get into training, it is worth reiterating that you will need a real passion and drive to make it in the music business. The clue is in the name, ‘business,’ and just like any other business – it is about making money. Even if you manage to get signed to a label, you will need to make money for them, or else you will get dropped. It is simple economics, and no record label will want to carry you without seeing a return on their time and investment.
Of course, if you just want to make music for your friends to hear, you can do that without making it your career. There is nothing wrong with this, as it allows you to express yourself, stay in control of the music you make, and operate on your own terms. However, if you want to improve your chances of getting a real career in music, it pays to get some training.
This training can cover anything from song-writing and artist development, to production, and even into more business-related aspects, such as tour management and music industry studies. It really pays to learn as much as they can about the workings of the industry, so even if you decide to take a more creative course, you should do what you can to get acquainted with how the industry works. There are plenty of books on the subject, so make sure to do your industry research even if you don’t decide to seek out formal training in this area.
Aside from the studies themselves, taking a music-related course can also offer other benefits. Like many industries, the music business has its fair share of nepotism – so making contacts can be invaluable to making your career work. Often it may not be talent alone that allows you to stand out, but getting your music heard by the right people that will get you ahead. For example, there are a great many good singer-song-writers out there, but having a good contact on the inside of the industry will give you an edge on the competition.
Sadly, there is no sure-shot formula for music industry fame and fortune, but training will certainly offer you a better chance of making your dreams come true.
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