Attempting to break into the music industry can be difficult, especially if you do not have any personal connections or an extensive CV full of relevant work experience. To gain connections within the music industry means there is a chance you will have to work for little or no money for a short while. However, although you may lack a huge paycheck, you will certainly make up for this with the opportunity for spectacular learning, the chance to network, an increased knowledge and the chance to meet new people who share the same passion.
A great first step is to make sure you know your local music community. Even if you don’t live in a major city, there is a good chance you will be able to find some bands that play at local events, or a musical instrument shop or record store within the area. Introduce yourself to these people, they will definitely know other musicians and may even have connections to music related jobs available.
If you are lucky enough to live in a large city, there are more than likely a lot more industry resources available to you. Begin with doing some research for music related organisations in your area. Compile a list of the places that are of interest to you, and begin to familiarise yourself with them. Check out artists online, attend a gig or become a regular customer of your local record store. Another great option is to search for music related organisations and find out where they have offices. After doing this research, you should by now have created a list of nearby places you would like to work, intern or volunteer and even a few potential people to contact.
If you are passionate about music, why not work your passion for music into a career. Read on to learn about some of the volunteer and entry level jobs to help beginners break into the music industry.
If you are are looking how to find a job in the music industry but are unsure where to begin, why not study the Diploma of Music (CUS50109). This certification is designed to stimulate working in the music industry and will assist you focus your intended career within the industry and will help you take the first steps towards building a strong foundation towards your job in the music industry.
Throughout this course you will work on your own personal music project which can range from creating an original EP, starting your own music school or managing music events. If you have an idea, industry expert educators and music networks are on hand to help you develop these ideas and progress in the music industry.
Smaller independent businesses within the music industry will almost always need help as they are usually run on passion and volunteer efforts. Once you get in somewhere, make yourself indispensable and be the person which everyone can rely on. Working long hours without complaining will go a long way, it shows passion, dedication and that you are a driven individual. Even though you will be working for free, put your time and efforts in, employers respect those who work from the bottom and work their way up.
Finding an internship in the music industry can be challenging as it is a highly sought after experience. Some music related businesses will list music industry internships on their websites, but others will only put the work out to a select group of colleges and contacts. If you’re studying or researching a potential place to study, check out the internship opportunities but ensure there is a breadth of opportunities available. Remember, an internship is not a guarantee of employment, although it will look great to add to your CV. This doesn’t matter if you intern with an independent company or a major label. If they need people, you will be one of the first they will consider. If possible, attempt to find an internship where you can take an active role in the industry, look to maximise your experience, after all, you want to learn the ropes of the job.
Becoming a blogger is great because you can do it from anywhere. If you are travelling or you live in a small town, as long as you have internet access and you like writing, why not start a blog or become a freelance writer for other music blogs and publications. Anything you write, make sure you pay close attention to grammar, spelling and narrative structure. Network with other bloggers and writers online or in person. Blogging allows you to build up your own personal portfolio of work and when you see a music blog or other publication hiring writers, you’re already the perfect candidate!
College or Community Radio Stations
If you live in a metropolitan area, you are guaranteed to have at least one, if not several college and community radio stations. Not only will you learn about the radio and broadcasting business, you will learn about relation organisations they partner with in the community, such as concert promoters, concert venues etc. College and community radio stations are a great place to acquaint yourself with local bands and venues and they are always in search for volunteers.
Musical Instrument Stores
Most musical instrument stores are usually staffed by working musicians and are a great meeting place for the local music community. Some offer lessons, so if you can play an instrument why not offer your services. Either way, starting off as a salesperson in this environment is a great place to begin. If the store you work in has a great reputation and history among the music community, you may have the chance to meet a range of touring musicians.
Music Record Stores
Although this is technically another retail job, it again offers lots of opportunity. You can benefit from getting to know your knowledgeable coworkers, encounter musicians, customers who work in the industry and the chance to meet visiting record label representatives. It is crucial to have a sound understanding of the industry but also show your eagerness to learn more about both the history of the music and different genres. You will be required to be an avid music fan and have the ability to recommend related brands and tell you which artists inspired their style and sound. This career can lead to becoming a record store manager or set yourself up as a potential candidate for a music representative position.
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