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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:
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September 20, 2011
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
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.
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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.
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September 13, 2011
"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
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
|Hopeful message on the Tiles for America fence in Greenwich Village|
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
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:
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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.
To apply: Send your C.V. and a short paragraph on why you'd like to work there to Chris Duncan at email@example.com
September 04, 2011
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
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:
- 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.
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?
firstname.lastname@example.org | Twitter: @Musicn3rd
September 01, 2011
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