December 23, 2011

Holiday Greetings

Just a quick note to say Happy Holidays to all of you and thank you so much for your continued support. I'll save the sappy stuff for a end of year post, but for now suffice it to say that talking to each of you, hearing your feedback, connecting you with new opportunities, and growing together is what really makes this all worthwhile. Have a happy, safe, peaceful, and wonderful holiday season. As always, if there's anything I or another member of the team here can do to try to help somehow, let us know. Happy Holidays!


December 22, 2011

Starstruck: What to Do When You Meet a Celebrity at Work

Working in the music industry, it's practically inevitable that someday you will run into a celebrity. It's also likely that since you've decided to work in the music industry, you have some pretty strong opinions about many of those celebrities. From your secret, or maybe not-so-secret crush on Usher or desire to be just like Taylor Swift to your hatred- or love- of everyone whose face has ever graced The Disney Channel, you know what you like and you aren't afraid to profess it to your friends, Twitter followers, and just about anyone whose eyes don't glaze over the second you mention the great artistic visionary that is Lady Gaga. If that sounds about right minus maybe a few name changes then the good news if you're probably in the right industry. The bad news is that behavior won't cut it when you find yourself riding the office elevator with Adele or ordering lunch for Britney Spears.

So what's an intern to do when in the presence of a celebrity they idolize, or perhaps even hate, at work?

December 20, 2011

How to Cope with a Disagreeable Boss

You passed the interview and got the job but a week in you're wondering what happened to that sweet, smiling face of the person who shook your hand at the interview? The whole point of the interview process is generally to get a feel for personality fit but sometimes a person's true character can be a bit muddled under all of the pressure of selling one's self and/or the company position. It is possible that, a couple weeks in, you may find that you keep butting heads with your boss, who now comes off as irritable and difficult to please. When your internship has only just begun, you may be wondering if it's even possible for you to leave this internship alive let alone with your reputation intact and a glowing recommendation under your belt.

I could try sugar-coating this type of situation with unicorns and rainbows, but let's be honest: this sucks. BUT it's not the end of the world and you can take steps to turn it around. The very least you can do for yourself is to not make things worse.

Find an outlet for your frustration
Allow me to clarify: It's ok to go home and pummel your pillow or let out a rebel yell in an isolated, sound-proof room. But whatever you do, do not let out your frustration by yelling at your boss, complaining to a co-worker, or tweeting words you'd never dream of saying to your boss's face. If you're under the impression that doing any of these things will not come back to bite you, you should go immediately to a corner and think again until you've convinced yourself otherwise. Why don't you want to vent this way? 1. Your boss's network is undoubtedly greater than yours and your name will be Mud to everyone within it. 2. Office gossip almost assuredly reaches outsider ears. 3. Your boss might not be in the wrong. That's right, you heard me.

Consider that your boss is not being unreasonable
I know you may feel like the victim but sit back and consider for a moment that your boss may not be intentionally trying to ruin your life. While you're sitting there, steaming about how mistreated you are, he/she could be in the office pulling chunks of hair out over how to finally get across to that intern. Your boss may be feeling equally as stuck and frustrated as you are. But, don't get me wrong, this doesn't necessarily mean that you're "the problem" either. Most likely, there's some sort of communication barrier here that neither one of you has yet found a way to cross.

Talk it out
After you've found an appropriate, non-destructive way to vent your frustrations and you've calmed down a bit, try talking to your boss. Explain how you're feeling (but avoid pointing fingers). Exactly what you say here depends quite a bit on what you feel the issue is. Are you uncomfortable with things your boss has been saying to you? Are you feeling overwhelmed with too many projects to do in the given amount of time? Are you consistently being scolded for mistakes in your work and you're not sure how to prevent them? Be honest and try to remain calm while you explain.

Shut up and listen
Once you've communicated your side of the story, pretty much the only thing you can do is listen to what your boss has to say, take note (literally, take note!) of any advice/critiques, and try your very best to implement them. It's possible the relationship between the two of you may remain unchanged and you'll continue to butt heads every now and again until the day you both let out a sigh of relief that the internship is finally over. Or starting a dialog could show that you're really trying your best and actively trying to improve and your boss may learn that he/she hasn't been communicating with you as effectively as he/she thought.

If things don't improve, it's important to remember that it could simply be the case that your personalities and/or learning-teaching styles just aren't lining up. It doesn't mean that your boss is a terrible person or that you're a slacker; just that perhaps this position wasn't the best fit for you and vice versa. So don't beat yourself up over it and try not to get upset. Just do the best you can and cross it off the list of valuable learning experiences.

Katie Hazard | Digital Artist, User Experience Designer | @katie_hazard

December 19, 2011

Cast Your Vote for #MusicIntern Chat Times

#MusicIntern has been a lot of fun so far and has been going strong! To make sure most of you can come though, we're holding a vote. So let us know which day you think the chat should take place on Twitter. Generally, the chat would be at 9pm ET to accomodate time zones across North America (sorry Europe, Asia, and Africa I wish it were possible to have a time to suit everyone!). So let us know what you think before Christmas, so we have time to schedule next week's chat- which will be about goals for the new year! Thanks again to everyone who participated tonight!

What night (US times) should #musicintern chat take place each week?
It should be midday
It should be morning free polls 

Tonight's #MusicIntern Chat Topic

Ever wondered if you should give your boss something for the holidays? Whether to say Merry Christmas/ Happy Holidays/ Happy Festivus/ Happy Chirsmakkuh or what? Not sure what to wear to the holiday party? Or how to request time off to visit your family? This is what tonight's chat will be all about: the holidays at work. Join us at 9pm ET/6pm PT on Twitter by following and using the hashtag #musicintern. 

Thanks to everyone who has participated in the chats so far. We've had a great turn out and a lot of fun! 

Submit questions on Twitter, in the comments here, or to me via email at

December 15, 2011

The Great Click Track Debate: Part One

It's funny how polarized people seem to be these days. Politics, religion, sports . . . and yes, recording. If you've ever read an internet audio forum, you know what I'm talking about. People who are, I'm sure, very nice in real life, seem perfectly willing to use the anonymity of the Interwebs to tear each other to pieces over the smallest differences of opinion. And nothing seems to get the flame wars flowing quite like a debate over click tracks.

This week, I'd like to talk a bit about why you might choose to use or not use a click track for your recording projects. Next week, we'll talk about what to do when a project that should have used a click track . . . didn't.

December 13, 2011

Should You Drink with Co-workers?

This is the time of when those happen most often and you are most likely to be faced with the opportunity to misbehave in front of your boss and co-workers. That raises the all important question: how do you deal with alcohol? So if you're an intern, entry level employee, or any employee in the entertainment world in general...should you drink at a work social gathering?

The short answer is something like this: if you are not of legal drinking age then you should absolutely not no matter what, if you are legally allowed to drink then you still probably should not. Thinking it's that simple though would be incredibly naive and the issue is made even more complicated by the fact that we're talking about the music industry.

You have to make your own informed decisions at your own risk and accept whatever the consequences may be of that. However, you can't make an informed decision without some information. So, here's some food for thought about the situations you may face regarding alcohol and the work place:

December 06, 2011

Partying with Co-workers: Dos and Don'ts

Especially during the holiday season, it's very likely that companies will host a social event outside of work hours. This could be at a restaurant, bar, or even a co-worker's house. These events provide great opportunities to get to know your co-workers on a more personal level. If you haven't already gotten to know some of them beyond their name and job position, here's your chance. Forget about projects and due dates; no one really wants to talk about that during their off hours.
Oh, and one more thing. Wherever the social gathering is held, there's likely to be judgement impairing substances such as... alcohol (gasp!). It's ok, don't worry. I'm not going to go all Lifetime Special on you and tell you that drinking is bad and if you drink you will get pregnant and die. But if you don't know how many drinks it takes to lose your composure then I hope I don't have to remind you that now is a bad time to find out. If you know your limit, then good, stay under that. If you don't know or if you're a light-weight, you might want to limit yourself to no more than one drink and drink it slowly. And, of course, if you're under the legal drinking age (mostly important in the US where that age is 21) then stick to non-alcoholic beverages (sorry, my friends, but it is the law).
Also make sure you are dressed appropriately. Find out in advance what the expected attire is. If you're going to a public place, you can probably judge what to wear based on its atmosphere. Even if the venue is really relaxed, it's still a good idea to dress a bit modestly: keep midriff, chest, and thighs covered.
Basically, my advice is to get to know everyone and enjoy yourself but remember you will still have to face these people the next morning and you may want them to write recommendations for you later.

Katie Hazard | Digital Artist, User Experience Designer | @katie_hazard

December 02, 2011

Why Internships Are Completely Worth It

Feel like you'll never get a paid job? Well, don't worry, it looks like the light at the end of the tunnel is brighter than you probably imagined. I found this great infographic from the Business Careers in Entertainment Association. Since they encouraged sharing it, I wanted to make sure you all had the chance to check it out. Have a look.

Are Internships Overrated?
Infographic used with permission from Business Careers in Entertainment Association
That's right, not only will interning give you experience and a chance to learn and network. It will also decrease the time it takes you to find a job after graduation, help you feel more content at the job you do find (I'm inferring this from the retention stats), and earn more than $10,000 more when you start working. Maybe that internship isn't quite so unpaid after all.

4 P's of Marketing for Concert Promotion

Any good marketing student knows that the 4 P's form the basis for, well, just about everything in marketing. You may have had a Marketing 101 class that reviewed this until you started having dreams about it, but how exactly does it apply to the music industry? Well, for a general overview of it's role in the music industry overall, have a look at the previously posted "The 4 P's of Marketing for the Music Industry." Today, we're getting more specific and looking at what this means to a concert promoter.

A concert promoter is a person or entity who schedule shows for venues by finding and negotiating with bands and makes sure everything gets done to ensure the concert is a success. It could be one person at a small venue or a huge organization like Live Nation.

Product refers to the actual thing you are trying to get someone to buy. When you're selling a concert you're really selling an experience, not just a ticket. It's the chance to see an artist live, connect with other fans, relax, have fun, get exclusive merchandise, and maybe to try to catch a glimpse and an autograph as the band leaves the venue. Similarly, different ticket levels are like selling a different experience. Are you selling to someone who just wants to be there and doesn't care where they sit? Or to someone who must have the front row tickets, VIP backstage pass, and exclusive merchandise pack? Does the venue even have seats at all? Is it at a bar where the music is secondary to enjoying drinks and seeing friends? Or a local niche venue where music lovers come to hear the next big thing? Or is it an arena featuring a show or the current superstar? Each of these factors has a big influence on who will come to the show, how much they'll be willing to pay, what kind of costs must go into the production, and how profitable the show will likely be.


December 01, 2011

#MusicIntern Chat is Back! 12/5- 9pm ET

Who: Anyone who currently is or has an interest in interning, studying, or working in music industry. The chat will focus on the needs of students/ entry level but everyone is welcome!

What: One hour chat on Twitter to discuss the news items and topics that matter to young people in the music industry.

Where: Follow the hashtag #musicintern on Twitter

When: Monday, December 5. 9pm EST/6pm PST

How: Easily keep-up and participate in the chat by connecting to Twitter on Tweetchat 
Topic: Since the GRAMMY Nominations were just announced, we'll start the chat out by breaking the ice with that as our topic.

November 30, 2011

How To Prepare for Conferences and Conventions

This is a guest post by Desi Rottman. Desi is a recent graduate of Ferris State University's Music Industry Management program. A former recipient of a NAMM President's Innovation Award and Tuition Scholarship, she's currently a marketing manager of a small music non-profit in Michigan. Connect with her on LinkedIn.

A (Brief) Primer on Conferences and Conventions
Conferences aren’t just for people already working in the industry. Students are welcome to attend many, and some even have programs tailored directly to college programs. NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) is the trade organization for the music product industry, and they have a great program at their winter show called “Generation NEXT.” NARM (National Association of Recording Merchandisers) offers a “Crash Course” beginning their full convention.

They are great networking opportunities, and most seminars like this will have built-in meeting opportunities. Expect to pack a lot of information in to a very short time and meet a lot of people who can help you in your job search – so make sure you present your best self and always dress (and act) appropriately.

Aside from all the career advice and contacts you’ll make, you’re also pretty likely to come away with a few bags of swag!

Get Prepared
The number one thing you need to bring to a conference of any kind is business cards. I can’t stress it enough.

November 29, 2011

A Quick Note About Our Question Submission Form

If you've submitted a question to us via the form on the "Ask" page and haven't received a response yet first, I'm really sorry about that and will get to it personally ASAP! We had been having some issues with the form where we actually couldn't view anything that was submitted through it. Instead, it all came out like this ******  *** ******...
The form was clearly trying to censor you! Just kidding. The problem has been fixed though and we can finally read what you've asked!  So, your questions should be addressed soon if they haven't already. I'm sorry that I didn't mention this sooner and I'm even sorrier (is that a word?) for any difficulty or frustration on your part. If you feel more comfortable, please feel free to resubmit your question or even just email me directly and I'd be happy to help. Otherwise, you should have an answer soon! As always, thanks for reading!


November 28, 2011

Music Placement: How Do Songs Get on TV?

Grey's Anatomy, Apple, Glee, and So You Think You Can Dance. What do these seemingly unrelated things have in common? Their reputations for breaking great songs and artists. Grey's Anatomy helped make The Fray's "How to Save a Life" a hit after featuring it briefly in Season 2 and again extensively in trailers for a later season. Apple's famous iPod commercials are responsible for the popularity of such songs as The Ting Ting's "Shut Up and Let Me Go" Feist's "1,2,3,4" and "Fathead" by The Fratellis. Glee's covers have shown an unprecedented ability to help songs both new and old gain popularity with a new audience. Finally, So You Think You Can Dance turned "Jar of Hearts" by Christina Perri, who was unsigned at the time, into a beloved hit seemingly overnight.

It's clear that the inclusion of a song in a TV show, commercial, film trailer, video game, movie, etc. can help propel a song to success fairly quickly. But how exactly does that song get there in the first place? It's all about music publishing.

November 25, 2011

The Interview - From the other side of the table

About a week ago, I saw for the first time what it was like to be on the interviewer's side of the table so I thought I would share a little bit about what I observed.

There are so many types of interviews. As the interviewee, I have experienced the one-on-one interview, group interview, phone interview, interview where one person was physically present and another was calling in, and combinations of any of those. With the exception of phone interviews, I never knew which type to expect so I had to mentally prepare for them all (yipes). Personally, my favorite is the group interview because it gives me a great feel for the company atmosphere as I watch how the employees interact with each other. Additionally, it takes some pressure off of me because I can feed off of the group dynamic.

Moving back to the topic of the interview where I got to pose the questions.. this was a group interview. The interviewee had already impressed the employer with stellar (albeit a bit long and not 100% relevant) resume, phone interview, and review of previous project work. Essentially, all he had left was a personality test to see how well he fit in with the rest of the group. The interview was really laid-back with questions like "What do you do for fun?" "Which sports teams do you support?" and the like. Obviously the answers to these questions would not determine whether or not he was hired (After all, I'm a Patriots fan in Philadelphia and they let me in. ;) ).

Having employees give interviews as a group allows them to be more relaxed so they're more likely to banter with each other as well as banter with you. This is the type of thing that, as the interviewee, I can feed off of, but I can see where it could make some people uncomfortable. You just have to let yourself relax a little bit and forget about being the perfect interviewee selling his skills and accomplishments. Treat it a little more like a friendly conversation (just avoid getting too friendly with topics that could be viewed as inappropriate). Find the balance between selling yourself as a valuable worker and selling yourself as a likeable human being.

"So, I see from your resume that you like to work with PCs..." our graphic designer (a big Apple fan) asked with an air of mock disapproval.

What the interviewee didn't know was that he was surrounded by both die-hard Mac fans, die-hard PC fans, and those who have their preferences but honestly aren't that picky. For all he knew, though, he could have been in a room full of Apple loyalists (Uh oh...!)

Some people might tense up when challenged like this (especially if the joking tone of the interviewer is missed). Just try to respond with confidence and be true to what you believe. "Yes, I like PCs because..." or "I've worked with PCs but I actually prefer Macs because..." or whatever the case may be. Just try not to let the joking knock you off your game. Interviews in general are often more about personality than skill reviews unless there are things on your resume that require further explanation. Just put on your best smile and let your personality show through!

Katie Hazard | Digital Artist, User Experience Designer | @katie_hazard

November 18, 2011

Cover Letters: Send as attachment or email body?

During lunch the other day at work, we started talking about job application cover letters and whether or not it was more acceptable to send them as attachments or to have the body of your email serve as your cover letter. The results of the discussion were inconclusive. Some people prefer attachments because it's easier to print out and pass on to other members of the company, while others like the simplicity of not having to open that extra document. So... which should you do?

Sometimes potential employers will make the decision easy for you by specifying that they would like to receive your cover letter attached to the email. If this is directly stated in the description for the job application, definitely do it! Not doing so may mean a failing mark in a test of paying attention to details. Additionally, if a preferred document type is mentioned, be sure to follow that as well. If no document type is specified, I send your cover letter as a PDF, which can easily be opened without the employer needing to have special software (even if it's commonly owned software. Be careful of making assumptions!)

If the employer does not specify whether or not they would like the cover letter to be attached then your safest bet is probably just to attach it anyway. Keep the body of your email brief and use it to give yourself a quick introduction and include the purpose for why you're sending the email. Yes, this probably means there will be redundancies between the email and the cover letter but not everyone who sees your cover letter will have read your email.

Katie Hazard | Digital Artist, User Experience Designer | @katie_hazard

November 17, 2011

Spring Internship Opportunities at SiriusXM Radio Inc.

Sirius XM Radio Inc. is America's satellite radio company. SiriusXM broadcasts more than 135 channels of commercial free music, and premier sports, news, talk, entertainment, traffic and weather to more than 20 million subscribers. We are one of the world's largest pure-play audio entertainment company and we are among the largest subscription media companies in the United States. SiriusXM broadcasts to subscribers everywhere they want to listen in cars, on boats, in the home or office, and through a wide range of mobile devices. SiriusXM offers an impressive array of content that spans virtually all genres and interests, including Howard Stern, Martha Stewart, Oprah Winfrey, Rosie O'Donnell, Jamie Foxx, Barbara Walters, Opie & Anthony, Bob Edwards, Chris "Mad Dog" Russo, Jimmy Buffett, The Grateful Dead, Willie Nelson, and Bob Dylan, among others. SiriusXM is the leader in sports programming as the Official Satellite Radio Partner of the NFL, Major League Baseball, NASCAR, NBA, NHL, and PGA Tour and offers major college sports.

SiriusXM Offers Internships In The Following Fields:
• Finance & Accounting • Web Development & e-Business
• Sales & Marketing • Broadcast Operations
• Public Relations • Information Technology
• Broadcasting & Production • Human Resources

Our Internship Provides:
• Executive “Snack & Learn” Seminars • A Hands-On, Learning Lab Environment
• Resume Workshops • One-On-One Placement With A Mentor
• Mid-Term & Final Evaluations • Career Coaching

Internship Requirements:
• Must receive academic credit for participation (internships are UNPAID)
• Must work a minimum of 20 hours per week

Now Recruiting For SPRING Session:  January 30 – May 11, 2012
Apply online at

Find out more and follow SiriusXM internships at 
Tweet: @siriusxminterns
Facebook: /SiriusXMInternship

November 14, 2011

Get A Life: Why You Need Non-Musical Hobbies

Did you grow up pursuing music activities in any and all forms? Band, choir, lessons, musicals, your own band, songwriting, listening to it, et cetera? If you're at all like me music has always been your hobby, your passion, your dream career and essentially, your life. Now, though, that that dream career is beginning to bud into a reality you'll find that what was once your hobby has quickly become your work. I'd say this is great! There is, after all, nothing better than doing what you love. The trouble is that when your work gets you stressed you'll have nowhere else to turn to blow off some steam. I know, right now you're thinking you'll never reach a point where music manages to stress you out, so let me tell you instead about one of my most memorable interview experiences.

I was interviewing for what was essentially my dream internship at a company I loved that was home to several great artists. This wasn't my first internship so I was fortunate enough to feel confident in my resume and experience. Everything went well until the interviewer asked me what else I do that isn't related to music. I didn't really have an answer because there wasn't much else. I studied music in school,  worked with artists in between, and wrote songs and listened to music for fun. Too bad when I said something like that my interviewer told me that was the wrong answer. Uh-oh. Thankfully, I did finally think of something to say, but what if I hadn't? I did spend most of my time pursuing musical activities and realized for the first time that day that what used to be a hobby wasn't any longer.

If this sounds like you then please try to expand your tastes now and pick up something new. Study a new language, create website, take up a sport, collect something, learn how to surf, write, volunteer, join a non-music club, just do something! Because at the end of the day companies want to hire someone who is well-rounded and has another way to fill their time besides music.

November 09, 2011

Understanding Accounting - An Introduction to the Language of Business

This is a guest post by Josh Kurtz. Josh recently started working in the tax department of an accounting firm after graduating from Drexel University in June 2011 with a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Business Administration with an Accounting concentration. In his free time, he enjoys reading, writing, listening to music and learning in general.

Whether it’s a relatively low-scale activity like a lemonade stand, with its lemons, sugar, cups and cash from customers, or a complex business featuring scores of cash, customer accounts, loans, stock and more, an organization needs a way to keep track of its many resources and obligations. If an organization cannot do this, after all, outsiders like customers and investors may not trust it, and members of the entity itself, like employees and owners, may not fully understand its situation or goals. In order to avoid these potential problems, organizations use accounting – sometimes referred to as the language of business – to understand and keep track of a variety of financial information and transactions.

There are many different branches of accounting, each with its own specific goals. Each branch, however, shares a focus on organizing information. Some of the specific branches and responsibilities of accounting are outlined below.

External Uses
Financial accountants in an organization often compile financial information to tell a story about how their business performed during a set period of time. Stakeholders, such as customers, investors and other interested parties, then use this information to learn about the company’s performance and prospects. For instance, if an investor is interested in purchasing a business’s stock, he or she can read the business’s financial information to help gage if the company has been successful in the past and if its current position is a strong one.

November 08, 2011

Post-Graduation: Grad-School or Work?

First of all, let me preface this post by saying that my goal is not necessarily to talk anyone out of earning a masters degree or anything like that. My goal is simply to provide an alternative perspective at a time when more people are heading to grad school than ever before. If going back to school after achieving your first degree is what you want to do then go for it! But if you're thinking of going back just because of outside pressures around you, then this article is especially for you.

It's about a year and a half since I earned my bachelor's degree and by now it seems like just about all of my friends who earned their degrees with me are either working towards their next degree or have already earned it. On occasion, it definitely makes me feel a bit like an underachiever. I guess since I once was looked upon as the overachiever, it feels weird to be the one who isn't furthering her education. These days it seems that people with bachelor's degrees are a dime a dozen, so what do I have that makes me stand out from the crowd? Well, for one thing, the big trade-off I have for not going to grad school is over one year of experience in my field. Is this an even trade? Well, it depends on the company you're applying to, to be honest. I applied to quite a few companies after I graduated and most of them turned me away because they were looking for someone with more experience. There was only one company that told me they wanted a masters degree for the entry level position (and I'm willing to bet those are few and far between). If it were a company that I really had my heart set on, I would probably have gone to grad school for them, but since that wasn't the case, I moved on.

November 07, 2011

How To Annoy Music Industry Executives

So you want a record deal, internship, publishing deal, job, press feature, manager, or generally just the attention of anyone in the music industry? Perhaps you've been putting your energy into reaching out to people online in hopes of getting lucky? After all, statistics say that if you send out enough emails you're bound to get a positive response eventually, right? Well, probably not. That's because most people who do just that make a handful of mistakes that really only serve to annoy your target and that won't get you anywhere.

So, if you're trying to get the attention of someone in the music industry who can help you find a job, gig, deal, or whatever else is it that you want, there are certain things you need to keep in mind to avoid annoying them. To help you out, here's a basic checklist of some of the top things people do that are nearly guaranteed to annoy the music industry person you're trying to reach. Check it out and make sure you aren't guilty of any of the following:

Unsolicited Mail/Email
You'll find this listed on most music businesses websites as something that is unwelcome. Though, I admit there can be a time and a place and if you do it right there is a small chance it will accomplish something.  However, when someone specifically states that unsolicited mail should not be sent then you're just wasting everyone's time. If it doesn't say that that doesn't mean the recipient will rejoice at the sight of an email from someone they don't know telling them to check out their new track or hire them. It will likely still annoy them. The only way this can work is if you are also avoiding any of the following errors.

Attaching Unwanted Files
Nothing screams virus so much as a random file attached to an email from someone you don't know. So, I promise you that mp3, press release, or whatever else you send most likely won't get opened (unless perhaps you're sending a press release specifically to someone who is used to receiving them in this format) because that's exactly what that person will be thinking. Some companies even block attachment emails from unknown addresses so there's a decent chance your email won't get through at all if you include an attachment in your unsolicited email.

Acting Entitled

November 05, 2011

Internship Opportunity at Warner Music Group

Warner Music Group is home to a collection of the best-known record labels in the music industry.
An internship with Warner Music Group provides students with the opportunity to obtain real world
experience at one of the top music companies in the industry. Our internships provide on-the-job training by allowing interns to shadow industry professionals in a variety of departments. Every intern is assigned a special project that will both assist them in increasing their understanding of how each department operates, and aid the department in addressing a business need. Warner Music Group values its interns, as such we have developed an Intern Bill of Rights which is presented to both interns and supervisors to ensure a mutually rewarding experience.

Tasks will include:
• Assist label management, artist management, and D2C content management staff in the content
management activities of some of Warner Music Group’s biggest web properties.
• Analyzing user submitted questions and forwarding these on to appropriate parties
• Researching artists
• Providing community updates and site feedback.
• Uploading audio, photos, videos and tour dates.
• Moderating user submitted content and the message boards to watch for inappropriate content
• Partnering with the content management staff to ensure monthly website traffic goals are met by making sure each site being managed has the relevant, up-to-date, and fresh content every day.

Location: NYC, NY (Midtown)

To qualify for an internship with Warner Music Group you must: Be currently enrolled at an accredited college/university, make a commitment of 15-20 hours per week and be able to receive college credit for your internship and A LETTER OF PROOF MUST BE SUBMITTED.

Interest in the music industry and entertainment required; Experience with social media (Facebook,
Twitter, etc.) is a plus.

Some of our Past/Current Clients include:

To Apply
E-mail resume and cover letter to: Selena Shepps

November 03, 2011

Internship Opportunity at tinyORGE Entertainment

tinyOGRE Entertainment, a newly formed music company, seeks for academic credit only intern for the Spring Semester.  Creative thinkers welcome!   

About tinyOGRE:
While the music industry as we once knew it continues to undergo seismic shifts, what do a bunch of music fans who haven't given up on the power and value of music do? They find inspiration to create a new model for the modern day music company -- from this, tinyOGRE Entertainment is born.  Our mission is simple. With a core foundation built on trust, transparency and aligned interests -- new fundamentals to the music industry -- tinyOGRE is committed to building true partnerships with artists. tinyOGRE’s collaborative philosophy, long-term view on career development and upfront commitment of resources to our artists nurtures each act’s creative spirit.  Driven by our experienced and industry-leading team, our innovative marketing and artist development strategies, along with our nimble and flexible approach enables our artists to continue to adapt to a dynamic marketplace. As the music business continues to evolve, the time is now for tinyOGRE Entertainment.

Responsibilities include:
* Press & blog writings and social media management (Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, Myspace, etc)  
* Oversee concert guest lists & tour updates
* Assist with general marketing needs including D2C initiatives, webstore management, research
* Assist with general radio needs and station followup
* Assist with general office admin and frequent product mailings
* Research soundscan, itunes, radio charts, etc.
* Strong writing and computer skills are vital. 
* Interest in the NYC music scene a plus. 

We are willing to accommodate schedules, but would like someone who could commit to between 3-5 days a week. 
Please contact for more information.

How to Mix Drums in 60 Seconds

In the studio world, it's not unheard of to spend days getting the perfect drum sound. Drums are meticulously tuned. Microphones are painstakingly placed. Slide rules make guest appearances to calculate proper phase relationships. Suffice to say, it's often a pretty involved process.

In the down-n-dirty world of live sound, however . . . well, we have minutes, not hours. The headlining band usually has the “luxury” of a 60-90 minute sound check, which needs to cover not only drums, but bass, guitars, keys, vocals, monitor levels, a few practice songs . . .
By Stephan Czuratis (Jazz-face) (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-2.5], via Wikimedia Commons
As an intern, you won't be dealing with headlining bands. Which means you'll have, if you're lucky, 15 minutes to set up and sound check a band. (Approximately 12 of these minutes will be spent getting the previous band off the stage, and getting the current band's gear on deck and ready to go.) With that in mind, here's my go-to method for getting drum sounds on the fly. Keep in mind that these are generalizations, and every situation calls for something a little different.

If anything below works for you . . . great! If not, leave a comment letting me know what does.

October 27, 2011

Protecting Yourself From An Illegal Internship: During the Interview

As we've discussed previously, not all internships are created equal. In fact, not all internships are created legally. Some interns for the movie Black Swan are actually suing the studio as a result alleging that their internship was illegal. The trouble there is that as nice as it may seem to get your vengeance for a summer you seemingly wasted, it isn't exactly the best route to travel if you're interested in scoring a job at a similar company in the future (no matter how justified your case may be most bosses won't be willing to hire the kid that sued their friend- the entertainment industry is a very small place). So the key is to protect yourself along the way so that you avoid a terrible experience in the first place. So far, we've reviewed what actually makes an internship illegal and some steps you can take to spot a sketchy listing before you apply. Today is about what you can do during your interview to help prevent any problems down the road.

Observe the Environment
This is one of the simplest and most important things you can do while you are being lead through the office. Take a look at how people dress, sit, decorate their desks, eat their lunch, move around the office, interact, etc. Do people seem happy? Are they friendly? Is it the kind of work environment you could see yourself thriving in? Do you see any current interns and what are they doing?

Ask if You Can Speak With an Intern
This is a great way to get a good idea of what the environment will be like and what will be expected of you. Ask them about learning opportunities, networking, mentors, and anything else that is on your mind. Ask if they would recommend working there. And, if possible, try to do all of this outside of the office where they will feel more comfortable being honest without the pressure of their boss lurking over their shoulder. A lot of companies hire former interns so you may even be able to talk to an employee that used to be an intern. This is probably a good sign because it likely means both that he or she didn't hate the internship and that there's the possibility it could lead to a job.

Ask A Lot of Questions

October 26, 2011

Internship Opportunity with Hit NYC Production/Songwriting Team The Ultras

You've probably heard the work of the two members, Eran Tabib and Harold Stephan, of this newly formed songwriting and production team on the albums of artists from American Idol Finalists to Angie Stone, The Spin Doctors and Vanessa Carlton, but today these two are set to craft some new hits with their new company, The Ultras. They're looking for an intern to help them build their online presence and maybe learn a bit about songwriting and production along the way.

Usually, when we have an internship opportunity to post I start with some info about the company to give you an idea why it'd be a great opportunity. But as music fans, we all know that a song is far more powerful than words alone. So for this one, I'm just going to let the music speak for itself. Check out the reel below and then click to read more and learn how to apply! 

October 19, 2011

Legal News: Lady Gaga Tries, Fails to Claim

What Happened:

A non-profit corporation called the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) manages several aspects of the Internet, including a way for trademark holders to obtain domain names containing their trademark under certain circumstances.  Its main purpose is to prevent "cybersquatting," which is when someone registers a domain name containing a trademark for the purpose of selling it to the person or company who owns that trademark.  The Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (commonly abbreviated UDRP) established by ICANN governs the process of sorting out these types of disputes over domain names.

In August, Lady Gaga initiated a UDRP action against the registrant of, who had been running an unofficial fan site at that domain name for the past three years, claiming that she was unfairly profiting from Lady Gaga's fame.  After a panel considered her arguments, Lady Gaga was denied transfer of the domain name.

Why It Happened:

October 18, 2011

Work Etiquette: Requesting Time Off

Generally speaking, if you're serious about your internship, you should be on time to work every day (that you're scheduled to be there) and soak up knowledge/skills like a sponge until the agreed upon time to leave. You're only there for a limited time so you don't want to take away from that precious time with unnecessary days off. Of course, if you're not feeling well, it's perfectly acceptable to take the day off and many employers would most likely encourage you to keep your snotty nose and mysterious diseases as far away from the office as possible. In that case, as a courtesy to both yourself and your fellow employees, please do stay home.

October 17, 2011

Radio Terms Quiz

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Building a Workplace Wardrobe on a Budget

This is a guest post by Christine Belskey. Christine was an intern this past summer at a global investment firm and is currently working to complete her degree in Media Arts and Design at James Madison University. She loves Glee, creative writing, musical theater, social media, and long walks on the beach during the sunset. Learn more about Christine here

The countless hours of filling out applications and writing cover letters finally paid off and you landed an internship. While transitioning from a desk in a class room to a desk in the “real world” presents many challenges, your wardrobe doesnt have to be one of them. Office appropriate ensembles dont need to cost you an arm and a leg, you just need to spend your money wisely on a few items you can use frequently and that will help you incorporate the clothing you already own. Just add these 5 intern wardrobe basics to your own closet and you will be able to transform your current wardrobe from so college to so professional.

October 13, 2011

The 4 P's of of Marketing for the Music Industry

If you've ever taken any class that talked about marketing even for a little bit you've probably heard of "the 4 P's of marketing" because they are one of the most basic marketing concepts that you need to understand before you move on to the more complex details, which is exactly why I'm going to explain how they apply to the music world.

The 4Ps are product, price, place, and promotion and together they make up the "marketing mix." These make up the main elements of marketing and most, if not all, of what you can control about a marketing campaign.

The product can mean the artist, a record, a song, a concert, a T-shirt, a download, a physical CD, a ring tone, access to an exclusive online portal or fan club, or any other thing you might be trying sell really. In fact, the idea of a music product has become increasingly complex over the past decade and it really could mean any number of things. Traditionally though, a product would usually either be an album or single, the artist overall, merchandise, or a tour.

October 12, 2011

Protecting Yourself From an Illegal Internship: Before You Apply

Sometimes as an intern you may feel like you're living out deleted scenes from The Devil Wears Prada  and not learning anything. As Lauren discussed recently, there are a few situations where your lackluster internship may actually be illegal and two interns from the movie Black Swan are suing the studio for that reason. Is legal recourse really the answer here, though? Well, probably not if you don't want to seriously hurt your chances of finding another job or internship. Most companies don't want to hire the people famous for suing their former company regardless of whether or not they were in the right. You should, however, do your best to avoid a bad situation by protecting yourself before, during, and after you apply for internships.
By Brad Shorr (The Straight North Blog) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Whether you're buying a house, investing in a business, or choosing a college to attend, you wouldn't make a decision like that without finding out all of the relevant info first. When you chose a college you probably looked at their reputation, their campus, job placement rate, the size of the dorm rooms, the tolerability of the dining hall food, etc. So, you should do the same thing when you look for an internship. Here are some guidelines:

October 06, 2011

Drummers, and Why We Love (to Hate) Them

Anyone who likes rock knows that rock drums are awesome. Rock drums are huge, punchy, epic, and in the pocket. Rock drummers are the unsung heroes of every band, and nothing is more viscerally satisfying in live sound than mixing a top-notch drummer behind a great-sounding drum kit.
By Marc Wathieu from Huy, Belgium (LowSwing studio, Berlin  Uploaded by clusternote) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
That said, it's important to remember that 90% of the drum mix is done by the drummer him/herself. A halfway-decent live sound engineer can pick out a killer drummer/drum combination before placing a single microphone. Just like the rest of us, drummers each have an individual set of strengths and weaknesses. Some drummers have absolutely flawless timing, but couldn't tune a snare drum to save their lives. Others are just the opposite—hours spent honing the tone of each drum are wasted on sloppy playing and spotty rhythm.
But the most-overlooked skill a drummer can bring to the table is balance. I work with tons of local bands, and the thing that separates the men from the boys (pardon me, ladies) isn't a flashy polyrhythm or a lightning-fast double kick, but rather the ability of a drummer to balance his/her kit live, in the moment.

October 05, 2011

When Is An Unpaid Internship Illegal?

With the economy in bad shape and likely to stay that way for a while, internships have become even more of a necessity to gain experience and get your foot in the door.  Unfortunately, some employers have used the desperation of go-getters like yourselves solely as a way to get free or cheap labor.  I am in no way trying to start an unpaid intern revolt or inspire any lawsuits (remember, I am not a lawyer), but I do think that it is important to know your rights, especially when there is a lot of misinformation out there.

There are two important misunderstandings I want to clear up right away.  The first is that unpaid internships are not illegal. There are certain circumstances when a for-profit company is able to have unpaid interns, so don't assume that all unpaid internships are automatically the equivalent of slave labor. The second is that earning school credit does not alone make an internship legal.  School credit is great, but it is not the magic ingredient that turns a questionable internship into a legal one.

So what turns an unpaid internship into a legal, mutually beneficial opportunity?

Personal Branding in Social Networks

According to a recent study, 91% of employers include social networking sites in their background checks for job candidates. Last week I wrote a post focusing on how your digital past on social media sites might come back to haunt you. This week, I'd like to expand upon your social media reputation but focus instead on how you can use it to help your online reputation. There's been a lot of buzz in social news lately about the new Facebook Timeline Profile (launch currently delayed until this coming Thursday) and how the new look can be used for business branding. Those who aren't talking about business branding are sharing photos of how early adopters of the new profile are taking advantage of the new design elements to get creative and make a stand-out profile!

September 30, 2011

Understanding Radio Formats:Triple A (AAA)

Despite new technologies making radio seemingly less relevant these days, it is still one of the most influential outlets for "breaking a new artist." So, no matter what part of the music business you want to work in, you should have a good understanding of all of the major radio station formats and what kind of artists are likely to get played on each. I've posted before about CHR , one of the most popular formats. Today's post is about a lesser known one called Triple A. Triple A stations are a bit freer in their music choices but if you spend a few days listening to one you will certainly pick up on the vibe of that station. AAA stands for adult album alternative, meaning that it is targeted to adults, is less focused on singles and more willing to play any song from an album, and tends to play more alternative music. Some still have special programs targeted specifically to younger audiences, like the Y-Rock program on Philadelphia's WXPN, and a lot of them still break new artists because they may be more willing to take risks than other stations. Some artists you might hear on a Triple A station include The Beatles, John Mayer, Hoots & Hellmouth, Adele, R.E.M., Dave Matthews Band, Neil Young, Wilco, Death Cab, Ingrid Michaelson, Vampire Weekend, Billy Joel, Radiohead, Bonnie Raitt, Hall and Oates, Queen, and Ray Lamontagne. The listeners of these stations tend to be older and affluent. Many of these stations are actually public and supported by donations from their listeners. This means they are non-commercial. A lot of these stations are also associated with National Public Radio (NPR) and you might hear popular programs like World Cafe and All Things Considered on them.

September 29, 2011

How To Make a Press Kit

You've probably heard the term press kit before and if you want to work in publicity it is something you should get comfortable with putting together. If you don't you should still know what it is and understand its contents and role so that's what today's post is about.

A press kit is basically a compilation of a lot of information about a musician or band that is sent out to press contacts to try to get a story, interview, feature, or any other press item. Versions of a press kit are also used to book shows, attract labels, get sponsorships etc. However, the contents of these press kits may vary slightly so today I just want to focus on the most basic version.

The list of items you should generally include in a press kit:

September 27, 2011

Online Reputation: Present, Future, and PAST

As the world around us gets increasingly digital, more and more people are creating a presence for themselves online whether it's through a personal blog, Facebook profile, or a LinkedIn resume. I'm willing to bet that you have at least one social networking account. And as an active member of this digital community, as well as an eager, young, job seeker, I'm sure you're making an effort to keep your online identity professional in the eyes of potential employers, right? So your profile picture depicts a sweet, innocent smile, and you're watching what you post and tweet? Good. Well, Facebook may have just thrown a wrench in that.

September 22, 2011

Internship Opportunity at TuneCore!

If you've clicked a link I've shared on Twitter, odds are you've read at least one post from TuneCore's blog and maybe event attended one of their events. Their educational blog has become a go-to source for industry news and insights, but that only skims the surface of what this influential, innovative company is known for. TuneCore has been leading industry change since their creation in 2005 by making it possible for musicians and other rights holders to distribute music through online music retailers all over the world- including iTunes,  Amazon mp3, Napster, and Spotify- as well as offering mobile, licensing, endorsement, and other career opportunities. The company effectively gives music fans access to thousands more songs and musicians and makes it possible for more performers to earn money while maintaining the rights to their work. TuneCore also has a superb team running the show and any aspiring music industry employee would stand to gain a lot by learning from them. So, if you're in or around New York, definitely consider applying for this incomparable opportunity. Full information and how to apply is below!

September 21, 2011

Recommended Reading: A Guide to Business Law

A book on law for entrepreneurs may seem out of place on a blog for music interns, but I promise you it isn't. Aside from those of you interested in starting your own business or becoming a lawyer, this book can help you understand the laws that make the music industry possible. The music industry is essentially a business based around the use and sale of intellectual property, so everything involved in it tends to relate to some aspect of the law. Technically, this book is a textbook, but it's written more as an easy to understand guide to countless complex legal subjects.   I admit, since it's a textbook, it is kind of costly, but Amazon lets you trade it in when you're done, so you can always save by selling it back. 

When an entrepreneur starts a business, they need to consider employment law, intellectual property, covenants not to compete, confidentiality, business entities, equity and stock options, contract law, and many other legal specialties. That list may seem daunting, but each of these topics represents a subject area you will likely come in contact with during your career in the entertainment business. As I said, intellectual property is basically what the music industry (and film, fashion, publishing, etc.) runs on. Non-competes and confidentiality agreements are common things you might be asked to sign as an employee of any company. Contracts are a good thing to understand in any business and especially for creative people like graphic designers, producers, performers, and songwriters. So, reading this book will provide you with a good basic understanding of the legal aspects at work behind your career and help keep you from "getting screwed over."

September 20, 2011

Don't Let Your Happiness Rely on An If

Remember all those proofs from geometry class that always seemed to involve the phrase if...then...? If one statement is true then another follows as a result. If I go in the pool, then I will get wet. If I don't like the song on the radio, then I will turn it off. Et cetera.

Sometimes in life we use similar statements to correlate happiness and success. If I become a rockstar, then I will be happy. If I become CEO, then I will be happy. The trouble is, like in these statements, happiness tends to be reserved for the end goal and for situations that might be unrealistic. This isn't to say that you shouldn't work towards goals that may seem crazy and impossible. But, happiness shouldn't be a reward that is only allowed if you reach them.

September 19, 2011

Living Well On A Student/Intern Budget

The economy is tough for everyone right now, but especially for students and un- or low paid interns. With the costs of everything from gas and food to textbooks and tuition as high as they've been in most of our lifetimes, how do you still manage to have some money left over for anything else? Here's a few tips and tools to save some money.

Payless Texts
Everyone needs new shoes at some point and Payless is one of the best places to get trendy shoes at an affordable price. You can get discounts sent straight to your phone that can actually be used on top of existing deals- such as taking an extra 15% of off BOGO. You can join by texting PAYLESS to 747474.

Rent Textbooks

September 16, 2011

Music Industry Executive Quiz

Take this quiz to see how well you know some of the most famous executives in the music industry. Then share your score, what you think, or what you learned in the comments.

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September 14, 2011

How To Ace A Record Label Interview

As both an undergrad and a law student, I have interned at my fair share of record labels.  But to get those internships I had to jump one major hurdle - the interview.  All of the usual interviewing advice still applies when you apply to an internship at a record label, but over the years I have developed a few rules that apply specifically to labels.  These tips are for everyone, although they will especially make you stand out if you are interviewing for a legal position.

Always know your favorite band on the label.
This is KEY.  Internships are won or lost on this question.  Just like you wouldn't go to an interview at any other company without knowing what they do, don't go into an interview with a record label without being familiar with their roster.  Labels don't just want someone knowledgeable and hard-working (although those are certainly very important), they also want someone who is passionate about the label and the bands.  If there's not a familiar name on label's roster, make sure to do some research on your music streaming site of choice beforehand so that you can have an answer ready.

Have a unique story.
A good background story is a must at any interview in order to answer that dreaded question: "So tell me about yourself."  Your interviewer has just heard ten other people answer by talking about how they sang in their high school chorus or spent their teenage years holed up in their room learning the guitar and listening to [insert angsty band here].  You need a story that both explains why you are applying for an internship with the record label and stands out from the broken record of "I've always loved music!" your interviewer has been hearing all day.  That's great that you love music, but why try to work in the music business?  What challenges involved in working in music interest you?  How did you discover (and perhaps overcome) those challenges?  An effective story should intrigue your interviewer and make you memorable.  Even if you don't get the internship, when another position in your area of interest becomes available, you might be the first person the label calls.  So reach a little deeper into why you want to work in the music business and focus your message to reflect those reasons.

Workplace Makeup

An example of work-friendly makeup
When it comes to fashion and clothing the music industry is pretty liberal. Tattoos,  jeans. piercings, and even flip flops are regularly seen around the office, so it could stand to reason that it's also perfectly acceptable to let your makeup serve as a tool for self expression too, right? Well, not exactly. If you're working at a label famous for its work in metal, scene, punk, emo, etc., then it might okay to be a bit more creative, but for the most part you should keep it pretty tame. Essentially, the same rules apply to makeup as do clothing, accessories, tattoos, etc.: you can be yourself but you still need to look presentable and put together. That's because you still may need to run errands, meet clients, go to meetings, or do other activities where you will serve as a face of the company. So, even if you're working for Ke$ha's record label, the office is still not the place to demonstrate your affinity for glitter, blue lipstick, feathers, and heavy eye makeup. 

Here are some makeup and beauty tips to keep in mind for work, both in the music industry and otherwise:

September 13, 2011

Bringing Good Ideas to Life

"To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing." - Elbert Hubbard

I came across this quote the other day, and besides the fact that it focuses on the negative, I found it to be rather inspiring. It really got me thinking and wondering about the number of ideas that never came to fruition simply because the person who thought of it was either afraid of being criticized or because the first person they mentioned it to shot it down.

As interns, you're probably somewhere between knowing everything about your field that the internet and formal education could tell you and just beginning to explore a promising new passion. At your internship, you're likely surrounded by people with the passion, the formal education, the internet researching skills, and years of professional experience. Maybe you don't have those years of experience (yet!) but don't let it stop you from pursuing an idea that you think is really great. And definitely don't give up the first time someone says "That'll never work!" just because they've "been in the biz".

September 12, 2011

Career Mistakes You Might Be Making: Poorly Organized Resume

When someone looks at your resume it should make sense and tell your story in as little time as possible because the people in charge of hiring aren't exactly going to spend much time on it themselves. They want to spend a few seconds determining whether to keep it or throw it out and move on. So, before you even get to content there are a few key organization issues you need to think about.

Keep It To One Page
I don't care if you've had 30 internships that are all 100% relevant to this job, you resume should still be one page. If you feel you really need to convey more information then you can include a linkedin link or other way to find out more, but there are several reasons you need to learn to limit yourself here. First, it doesn't exactly look good if your resume if longer than that of the person hiring you, that just looks pretentious. Second, most people just aren't going to read more than a page Third, the goal of the resume if to get an interview, so as long as you include your strongest points here, you can save the extra material for interview discussion, which brings me to the next point.

September 10, 2011

Memories of 9/11 and Honoring the Heroes

Hopeful message on the Tiles for America fence in Greenwich Village
I grew up in the perfect location to feel particularly attached to all of the locations involved in the attacks, within a few hours drive from each, this was not just my country being attacked, but my backyard and neighbors.  Almost exactly a month before, I was thrilled to make my first real visit into Manhattan, where my friend and I must have annoyed anyone who came within 10 feet of us. We took a ferry and were so ecstatic that we made up a stupid little song about New York that we sang relentlessly as we crossed the river. Still, it didn't feel real until the second we saw those two towers gleaming in the morning sunlight.

I, like most, will likely recall the details of the morning of the 11th as long as I live. I was in French class when there was a knock at the door. Someone needed to speak to my teacher immediately and a substitute came to watch over us while she went into the hallway. We were confused but figured whatever it was was likely nothing to be too worried about - until my teacher rushed back in the room crying, grabbed her things, and immediately left. The principal came back in and explained what was happening as best he could. We were young though and grew up in the prosperous 90's, so the idea of this kind of attack was unfathomable at best. The only clear thing at the time was that the place where my teacher's son worked had just been struck by a plane.

Unfortunately, we know how the story ends. Though, I am happy to say that her son was alright, thousands of others from all over the world and country were not. That day did show us though just how strong and united we can be, both as a country and a global community. Countless heroes emerged from the dust as rescue workers refused to give up searching for victims and regular people risked their lives to help those they had never even met.  Their inspiring strength reminded us that we are not just republican, gay, Latino, Jewish, progressive, blonde, female, libertarian, southern, middle class, young or any other label. Rather, citizens of the world who, united, could make it through anything. Let us remember that this week as we struggle with revisiting the difficult emotions of that horrendous day and let us celebrate the lives of the heroes who perished by honoring their message of hope, altruism, and perseverance in the face of fear and hate.

September 09, 2011

What to Expect: A Typical Live Sound Day

Here we are in September, and that means that many of you have just wrapped up your summer internships. But in many markets, fall is primo concert season – skipping the extreme heat/cold of summer and winter, while tapping into the absurd amount of disposable income in the hands of newly independent college students. (What are student loans for, after all?)

So for those of you trying to tackle both classes and a live sound internship . . . well, good luck. It can definitely be done, but not without some finagling – and some understanding professors. I was lucky enough to pick up my first steady live sound gig in September of my senior year of college. This was an excellent opportunity for me to get my feet wet in pro-level sound, but it meant missing more than a few classes. What's a guy to do?

Fortunately, my teachers in the music industry program were willing to listen to me, and agreed that an actual job in the field might be just as educational as a class about how to get a job in the same field. They let me use my job at the venue as an internship, and were very accommodating as far as scheduling.

If, on the other hand, you're planning to 'sneak' your internship hours in around your class schedule, here's what you should plan for a typical day at a midsize concert venue:

September 07, 2011

Can Studying Abroad Help Your Career?

Photo by Katie Reilly, 2009
Author John Irving once said "My year  [abroad] was the single-most important year of my education, or perhaps more broadly, my growing up…" Choosing to study abroad will give you a chance to see the world and explore new places and cultures. However, it does take a lot of planning, savings, and coordination. So, is it worth it? Well, I say yes without a doubt because I spent a term in London and it was the best few months of my life. But, then again, how can anyone not have the time of their life while spending a term in Europe? Since this blog is all about careers, let's take a look at it that way. Are there any career benefits to studying abroad?

Internship Opportunity at The Orchard in London,UK

Here's an invaluable opportunity for those of you in the London area. You can read the full company description below, but I'd say The Orchard essentially sets the standard for independent music companies. They were founded in New York in 1997, meaning they were working in the digital space well before it caught the world's attention. They are responsible for making countless songs and videos accessible through more than 100 different outlets in over 230 countries. On top of that, they provide numerous beneficial services and tools for marketing, analytics, sales, and more. The company is also particularly involved with music industry education for both students and artists. Anyone interested in learning about the industry could greatly benefit by having the chance to work and learn from the talented team at The Orchard, so if you are in the London area, I absolutely encourage you to apply!

Location: London,UK

Description: The Client Relations team is looking for an intern to assist with a wide range of administrative tasks to help support their roster of high-profile artists and labels. They are looking for someone who can spend at least 3 days a week on the job and they can pay for your travel anywhere within zones 1-6. 

Requirements: The ideal candidate will be sociable, eager to learn, digital savvy and a passionate music lover. Proficiency in Excel and Word is ideal. It does not need to be for college credits.

About the company: The Orchard is an independent music and video distributor specializing in comprehensive digital strategies for content owners.

We partner with companies of all sizes, from major independent record labels to management firms to production companies, to make their music and videos available across more than 100 unique digital outlets across 230 countries, as well as physical retailers across North America and Europe. But, that’s not all. We work with our clients to maximize their revenue through pricing strategies and sales promotions, provide the latest and greatest digital marketing tools, and offer products like sophisticated sales analytics to help them run their businesses efficiently and effectively.The Orchard was founded in the Lower East Side of NYC in 1997 and now our headquarters are in New York and London with operations in 26 markets around the world. We’re owned by Dimensional Associates, the private equity arm of JDS Capital Management, which means we’re completely independent and not associated with any major conglomeration.

To apply: Send your C.V. and a short paragraph on why you'd like to work there to Chris Duncan at 

September 04, 2011

Featured in Pro-Surfer Bethany Hamilton's Newsletter!

This is a screen shot from the most recent email newsletter from professional surfer and shark attack survivor Bethany Hamilton (the recent movie Soul Surfer is about her). I'm so happy to share it because I love Bethany's story- that's why I wrote about it in the first place- and I'm honored to be included in her newsletter. Thanks Bethany! To see the original post and learn more about Bethany's inspirational story, click here.

September 02, 2011

Copyright Misconception #3

Copyright infringement is not a crime.

Usually when you hear about someone who is in legal trouble for copyright infringement, he or she is a defendant in a civil suit brought by the copyright owner.  But under some circumstances copyright infringement can also be a crime.  Section 506 of the Copyright Act makes it illegal to willfully infringe a copyright:

- for the purpose of commercial advantage or personal financial gain;
- by the reproduction or distribution of one or more copies or works during any 180–day period with a total retail value of more than $1,000; or
- by making available to a computer network accessible to members of the public a work that is being prepared for commercial distribution when that person knew or should have known that the work was intended for commercial distribution (this includes when someone leaks an album before its release date or videotapes a movie in the theater before it is available on DVD).

Note that only the first requires the defendant to have made any money from the infringing acts, but all require knowledge of the wrongdoing.  Depending on the severity of the crime, the first and third can earn you up to 10 years in prison and the second can get you up to 6 years, plus any fines.  Criminal charges are not brought often, but it does happen.

Question 7
NAB Show is providing the tickets for this prize and their conference and convention will be going on the same week featuring the latest technologies and trends in media, TV, radio, and film. They also have a free career fair for those looking to get a job in one of these areas. What is the name of the student who got an internship through last year’s NAB Show Career Day?

- Lauren | Twitter: @Musicn3rd
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