November 28, 2012

Legal Interning Tip #8

Keep a list of your current assignments.

Law offices can be hectic places. Everyone, from attorneys to paralegals, is trying to juggle several projects at once while dealing with endless interruptions. Because every one else is preoccupied with keeping track of their deadlines, meetings, and whatever else is on their plate, no one is going to keep track of your responsibilities but you.

This is why it is very important to keep track of what tasks have been assigned to you. Once an attorney gives you an assignment, the matter is out of her mind. She no longer has to think about it because you are handling it now and she can focus on other things. If you forget about the assignment, then it could be weeks before the attorney remembers that she needs it and gave the matter to you. In a legal environment, where deadlines can be very important, there is a chance that this kind of mistake could have serious consequences for the attorney or client. Even if the mistake is harmless, the slip-up will make make you seem irresponsible and that attorney (or any others who catch wind of what happened) will be less likely to give you interesting or important work in the future.

Find a list-keeping method that works best for you. You can keep your assignment list in a Word document, Google docs, or on your legal pad. What's important is that your assignments are all listed in one place and that it is kept current. To ensure that your list is accurate, take a minute at the end of your day to go over it. Cross off what you accomplished that day and add any new assignments that are missing along with any deadlines. If you are doing work for several attorneys, also note who gave you the assignment.

It is also often wise to keep a list of recently finished projects for you to follow up on. This is because emails get lost, attorneys forget, and miscommunications happen. A good way to stand out as an organized and responsible intern is to make a note to follow up on an assignment a few days after handing it in if you do not get any confirmation from the attorney that it was received.

- Lauren | Twitter: @Musicn3rd

Internship Bootcamp at The Recording Academy - Philadelphia Chapter

Join Lauren and I for an Internship Bootcamp and discussion of how to find, get, and succeed in a music industry internship. We'll be visiting The Recording Academy's Philadelphia Chapter in December to talk to GRAMMY U members about music industry internships. The event is open to members of GRAMMY U. To find out more visit their event page:

November 27, 2012

Intern Rules for Social Media: Don't Curse

It's fairly common knowledge by now that potential employers can and will Google you. But, it would be a mistake to think that this rule doesn't apply to internships, training programs, and even college applications. A negative impression of a social profile can undo even the best interviews and resumes and the only real way to protect yourself is to watch what you post in the first place. So, to continue with our series of intern rules for social media, we're adding a new one to the list: don't curse.

Yes, I know it doesn't make sense. Musicians curse, your boss will probably curse, and censorship is unjust. It doesn't matter.

Sure, you'll find that a lot of the people in the music industry curse, and it may even seem like part of the lifestyle. It doesn't mean it looks good on an intern or on a social media profile. The truth is that what you say online represents you and sets the tone for how an employer views you and how they imagine you will conduct yourself in a social setting. If you can't control your language on the Internet, they probably won't expect you to be able to control much else. You don't want to look like you may be the next intern to get fired for uncontrollably freaking out because a big celebrity just walked in for a meeting (true story). It may seem cool when your favorite band curses in its songs or the latest episode of South Park is filled with bleeps, but on a Twitter account it tends to look juvenile, and juvenile is exactly how you don't want to look when you are trying to convince a company to let you work with then. You may be young but companies still want interns who can be professional and mature and who will represent their company well when they come into contact with clients. So, even if they do it themselves, cursing on your Facebook won't seem like a very promising start to that hiring manager you're looking to impress.

November 20, 2012

What Is a Performing Rights Organization?

A performing rights organization is an essentially for songwriters for both career development and ensuring you are paid when your song is performed. But what exactly does a performing rights organization do? How did they get their start? And what are your options when it comes to choosing to join one? Let's take a look.

Each of the performing rights organizations (PROs), SESAC, ASCAP, and BMI, ( and SoundExchange but we'll look at that separately in another post soon), perform essentially the same function: protecting the public performance aspect of a copyright by licensing music for commercial use and collecting royalties on behalf of the songwriters and publishers. They grant blanket licenses to radio stations, venues, large retail stores, and other music users to allow them to use the PRO's music catalog. Then, the PROs track and monitor the use of music in order to pay each songwriter and publisher the corresponding royalties.

Each songwriter, even if they are a member of a band that writes songs together, needs to join a PRO on an individual basis. In fact, each member could theoretically join a different PRO, though because of the different payments and tracking systems they may each end up earning a different amount for contributing to the same number of songs. It could also make it more complicated for people looking to license the band's music for public performance.

If a songwriter intends to keep their publishing rights, which are equivalent to half of the income for a song and essentially the control of the copyright, he or she will also need to register as a publisher. If the songwriter signs a publishing deal to get help finding publishing and income opportunities for their song, then the publisher will handle the publisher's side of things themselves. The publishing company must be affiliated with the same PRO as the songwriter (most large publishing companies are registered with both as a result).

ASCAP:American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers
ASCAP began in 1914 in New York City as a union-like organization to try to get music users to adhere to the Copyright Act by paying musicians for the public performance of their works. The intention was to create a democratic organization, run and owned by the musicians, that would give them the ability to join together to enforce their rights. It remains member-owned and operated to this day. Through its history, ASCAP has played an integral role in all genres of music and representing acts and writers like Irving Berlin, George and Ira Gershwin, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Louis Armstrong, John Cage, Stephen Sondheim, Jimi Hendrix, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, The Beatles, Kiss, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, The Ramones, Michael Jackson, Johnny Cash, Madonna, Pearl Jam, Billy Joel, Beyonce, Tom Petty, Jay-Z, MIA, and The Killers. For more see: ASCAP Index

ASCAP is owned and run by songwriters and publishers and their board is made up of elected songwriters and publishers. Contracts are one year for both writers and publishers.

BMI: Broadcast Music Inc.
BMI was formed by music broadcasters in 1940 as a reaction to a strike by ASCAP. ASCAP wanted to raise the fees broadcasters were required to pay to use their music on the radio but a new agreement had not been reached before ASCAP's contracts expired. At the time, as so-called "hillbilly" and "race" music became popular ASCAP chose not to allow these musicians to join. So, without music to play, the broadcasters to decided to join forces and appeal to those niches. They formed BMI with an open-door policy that allowed any writer or publisher to join. Eventually, the Justice Department filed an antitrust suit against ASCAP, BMI, and the radio networks and they were all forced to reconcile but BMI had already played an important role in the success of these new genres. BMI has represented writers and acts like Michelle Branch, Mariah Carey, David Bowie, Weezer, Eminem, Fats Domino, The Eagles, Barry Manilow, Foo Fighters, John Legend, Maroon 5, Nirvana, Radiohead, Eric Clapton, and Elton John. For more info visit: BMI.

BMI is owned and run by broadcasters and contracts are 2 years for writers and 5 for publishers.

SESAC originally stood for Society of European Stage Authors & Composers. Though now it's just SESAC (pronounced like sea-sack), not an acronym. It was founded in 1930 by German immigrant Paul Heinecke to represent publishers of classical European works. It began including American music in the 1930s working mostly with gospel music at the time. In the 1950s in started an electronic transcription service that would provide SESAC radio programs for stations to play and worked mostly with jazz music. It expanded into pop music in the 1960s and began working with songwriters in the 1970s. In 1985, the company moved its headquarters to Nashville. In the 90s, SESAC began focusing on technology and expanding its genres to include country, R&B, rap, and rock. More recently, they opened an office in Los Angeles and began to focus on film music. It is a privately owned company that represents acts and writers like Bob Dylan, Neil Diamond, RUSH, MGMT,Coheed & Cambria, Young Love, Lady Antebellum, and The Avett Brothers. Visit SESAC for more information.

SESAC has a selective application process for new members to affiliate and they don't accept everyone. According to SESAC, this process allows them to create a personal connection and a roster full of "quality not quantity." Once selected, it is free to join and contracts for both writers and publishers are three years.

What do you think? Are you a member, intern, or employee of one of these organizations? Which PRO do you think is best?
Correction: A previous version of this implied that only SoundExchange collects royalties for public performance on digital, cable, and satellite services. The PROs discussed here do in fact collect royalties for these, but only for the writer and publisher as explained above. SoundExchange collects for the owner of the sound recording copyright and the featured artist on that recording. The difference is that currently only digital services require royalties for the sound recording and performer. Thanks to Lauren Mack for clearing that up!

November 16, 2012

Intern FAQ: Electronic or Physical Interview Thank You Note?

You just had a great interview (or even a not-so stellar one) and you've heard the next thing to do is to send a thank you note. That's great and all, but does that mean the handwritten snail mail your mom used to make you send everyone after your birthday each year, or is a quick note via email okay? Let's take a look at the options.

General Tips

  • Send a thank you in first 24 hours

  • Send a note whether the interview went well or not

  • Ask for business cards from anyone you interview with and send them each one individually

  • Keep thank you notes concise and positive

Pros and Cons
An electronic thank you note is immediate and fitting with a fast-paced electronically driven industry. It is especially applicable if most of your communication so far has been online or if the company or position is particularly reliant on the Internet.

A physical thank you stands out and shows you took the time to go out of your way rather than just type a few sentences on your phone. It's polite and professional and demonstrates a certain level of maturity to send one "the old-fashioned way." Plus, an emailed thank you is a lot easier to overlook between countless other emails than one that's received via mail.

Clearly, both a physical and electronic thank you note have their disadvantages. So, the best solution seems like a compromise between the old and the new: send both. An email will get there quickly and help of the company is fast paced and plan if to make a decision quickly. It will make an impression immediately. A written and mailed thank you serves as insurance in case your email is overlooked and will add a bit of professionalism and personalization. It's a lot harder to miss and serves as a second subtle reminder of your interest. Just be sure to keep both notes polite, concise, positive, and avoid being too aggressive. At the en of the day though, the most important thing is to be sure to actually send a thank you note at all!

November 14, 2012

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November 12, 2012

SiriusXM Spring 2013 Internship Opportunities, Apply Now


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:
  • Finance & Accounting
  • Legal & Regulatory
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Public Relations
  • Information Technology
  • Human Resources
  • Engineering
  • Broadcasting & Production
  • E-Business & Web Design
Keep reading to learn more and find out how to apply

November 09, 2012

MusiCares Offers Sandy Relief for Musicians

Hurricane Sandy had a devastating effect on the Northeast and countless musicians who call this culturally-rich region home. Fortunately, MusiCares® , a charity organization established by The Recording Academy in 1989, has stepped up to help and provide relief, just as they did after Hurricane Katrina and the Nashville floods.

MusicCares works year round to provide "a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need" through financial assistance, medical care,  addiction recovery, education, and other resources. They recently announced the establishment of a new fund created specifically to provide support to those in the music community that were impacted by Hurricane Sandy. The fund will help provide much-needed assistance with shelter, utilities, transportation, medical expenses, medications, clothing, instrument and recording equipment replacement, relocation costs, home repair, debris removal, and more.

To Donate to MusiCares:

Use the online donation form here

To Apply for Assistance:
If you or someone you know in the music industry was affected by Sandy and is in need of assistance, applications are available online here.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate a history of working in the music industry that includes either 5 years of music employment, 6 commercially released songs, or 6 commercially or promotionally released music videos. Applicants must include supporting documents.

For more information call 1-877-303-6962

November 08, 2012

Music Industry Careers for Shy People

This post was featured in the ASCAP Newsletter

You love music and would love to work with it, but the thought of stepping on a stage or even picking up a phone terrifies you. What do you do? After all, the music industry tends to be all about networking and that can be pretty uncomfortable if you're introverted. Are there really career options for the painfully shy in a world where "it's not what you know, it's who you know?" Well, you may not be ideally suited for a career in public relations for a major label, but that doesn't mean there aren't jobs that involve, in the famous words of Elvis, "a little less conversation."

So what jobs are suited to someone who isn't so keen on talking to a lot of people, and what jobs should try to avoid?

What to Avoid
There are few jobs in music that allow you to completely avoid talking to people, but there are some options that require an almost constant ability to be bubbly and outgoing, so let's start with those so you can cross them off your list. The worst music career for introverts is probably radio promotion. This job involves meeting with and calling music and program directors and radio stations all over the country to convince them to play the songs you are currently working with. In a way, it is essentially a music industry sales job, trying to convince radio stations that your product is the best and they should invest in it by taking the risk to play it. Similarly, booking agents, publishers, and managers both spend a lot of time on the phone or in meetings. A job in PR is also not a great idea for someone who is shy because the job entails being the public voice for a musician or company.

Jobs to Consider

  • Some areas of marketing
    • Marketers generally work in offices so there are still meetings to be held and phone calls to be made, but these days a lot of marketing is done online and that might make it easier for someone who isn't interested in interacting with a lot of new people on a daily basis. 
  • Finance or Accounting 
    • Both of these traditional business roles are essential in the music business as well and tend to be more numbers focused and a bit less social than your average music job
  • Law
    • Some areas of the law do require a lot of social interactions with clients, but you could also spend your time drafting and reviewing contracts or even focused on the intellectual side of copyright law
  • Sound
    • Jobs like mixing or mastering actually require very little face-to-face work with other people and you could really spend much of your time working alone in a studio. There is a range of options here that includes varying degrees of social interaction, but overall it is generally less social and involves more on-one-on interaction than most roles on the business side (which tend to involve working with many people). In fact, some people who work in studios say they could gladly and easily go days without talking to anyone outside of the studio itself. 
  • Creative Jobs
    • Jobs like a session musician, graphic or web designer, or songwriter do require you to work with clients, but they also provide the ability to work for yourself as a freelance artist from the comfort of your own home. 
Moving Forward
Regardless of what job you choose, you will still have to interact with people and learn how to build your network. But, that doesn't mean you need to force yourself to do things that make you uncomfortable. It may mean your path is a bit more difficult if you're not the kind of bubbly person everyone falls in love with immediately, but it doesn't mean they can't fall in love with your intelligence, hard work, creativity, or any number of other positive qualities. Don't force yourself to be outgoing, but do work on trying to be more confident by challenging yourself to learn and experience new things. 

November 06, 2012

Vote for a #MusicIntern Chat Day

In honor of election day, it seemed like a good time to have a vote about bringing back #MusicIntern chat. So, let us know what you think and be sure to vote at your local polls for the national election!

We took a break for summer (and then some), but it seems like it's about time to get #MusicIntern chat back up and running on Twitter. If you're unfamiliar, we spend about an hour at night once a week each week talking on Twitter with other music students, interns, and professionals about the issues and concerns you might have as someone trying to get started in music. We can (and often do) talk about anything you'd like and it's a great place to ask questions and get opinions from the other chatters. We've helped people pick out what to wear to a work holiday party, discussed our favorite musicians, talked about GRAMMYs, and talked about current events and issues. We'd love to have you join us and talk about what's on your mind. Just cast your vote here to let us know what day is best for you! 

What day should #musicintern chat take place?
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How a FAB Sheet Can Help in an Interview

This is a guest post from Leah Beutler . Leah is a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater majoring in Spanish and Marketing. She's interned with the radio affiliate ESPN/ESPN Deportes station in Wilwaukee and recently with the collegiate basketball team Madison Mallards. She enjoys social media, cooking, fitness, working out, and spending time with her cat, Pumbaa. Connect with Leah on LinkedIn and send her your FAB Sheet. 

Hello everyone. I am here to tell you a little about creating a personal FAB sheet to set yourself

apart from the competition in an interview. You may be asking “What the heck is a FAB sheet?”

What is a FAB sheet?

I first learned about FAB sheets in my principles of selling class. It is used by sales people as

a tangible item that clearly lays out the features (F) of their product, the advantages (A) of their

product over the competition, and the benefits (B) that their product will provide the client. Each

section of the FAB sheet (the F, A, and B) has two to three bullet points with the most important

and compelling information.

What would be the purpose of creating one?

I thought to myself, an interview is very similar to a sales call. You, the ‘sales person’ are

convincing your ‘client’, the employer, that you should be hired over your competition. In order

to prove you are the best option, your ‘client’ is going to want some facts as to why you are the

best and they are going to have to remember you. Bringing a FAB sheet that is tailored to the

position for which you are applying will compliment your resume and help you stand out from

the competition. It will also lay out why your ‘client’ should choose you for the position over

someone else.

What does a FAB sheet look like and how long does it have to be?

Be Heard, Vote

Historically, young people have the lowest voter turnout rate among the entire population. Today, let's change that. Regardless of who you support, make sure you go vote. And bring a friend.

If you need information about your polling place, polling hours, voting in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, or who is on your local ballot, check out this great tool from Google. You can also text the word "WHERE" to 788683 to get your polling information. If you're still feeling unsure about who to vote for, check out the quiz at, it helps you determine which candidates (including those that aren't in the two major parties) you side with most and on which issues.

November 05, 2012

Marketing/Assistant Job Opportunity with Dotted Music

Dotted Music is a music industry blog that offers tools for music marketing, ebooks, management tips, industry news, interviews, promotional showcases, and more. We've shared some of their great articles and ebooks with you on Twitter in the past.  This international site is looking for an Assistant who can work remotely to join their growing team. Keep reading to learn more and find out how to apply. 

The Assistant's tasks include providing administrative support to the company's management, doing research, communicating via email and phone, collecting data, booking meetings, creating monthly performance reports, etc. This is not a very highly paid job at this stage, so a candidate must be passionate about music and have a strong desire to be involved in the music business in the first place.

This is a remote position. You can work from any part of the world; from your home, library, or Starbucks - we don't care until you get the tasks done and meet the listed requirements (we do insist on regular video calls to establish a personal connection though). 

• Must be detail oriented, punctual, able to multi-task
• Fluent English (being a native speaker is preferred, but not required)
• Excellent communication skills
• Great writing, spelling and typing skills
• Strong computer and MS Office knowledge
• Knowledge of music business
• Internet and social networks savvy
• Must be available online during the working day (which is set individually)
• Ability to respond to issues promptly
• Strong organizational and time management skills, experience in a telecommuting work is highly preferred
• Desire to work in the music industry, on awesome projects, with incredible people ;)

To Apply:
Apply directly on their job board here and tell them Intern Like a Rockstar sent you. 

How to Write Your First Resume

So you have little to no work experience but you want a part time job, a scholarship, admission to college, or an internship. The first thing you'll probably need is a resume, but getting started on your very first (or even 50th) resume can be pretty intimidating. So let's make it easy and go step-by-step to help you build it. First, you'll need a place to write (paper, tablet, phone), something to write with, and anything you might need (computer files, Facebook account, Mom's photo album or scrapbook, collection of trophies in your bedroom) to help you remember anything interesting you've done over the past few years.

November 03, 2012

Marketing and Publicity Internship Opportunity with Groove Control

Groove Control, a small but successful Independent Record Label/Publishing Co. seeks Marketing and Publicity Associate. 

We are looking for a self-motivated, energetic, outgoing, and creative individual to grow with ourcompany. 

Responsibilities include: 

  • Marketing and promoting new releases to music blogs, music websites, social networks and onlinemusic services. 
  • Promoting new releases to college radio, internet radio, and music supervisors. 
  • Marketing and promoting new releases to artist fanbases and to the general public. 
  • Sending out marketing and promotional materials to press and retailers. 
  • Contributing articles and information for company websites and blogs. 
  • Contributing to brainstorming sessions. 



  • Must be able to follow directions. 
  • Must be able to work well on your own as well as with a group. 
  • Must be knowledgeable of all current social media trends and sites such as Twitter, Facebook,Tumblr, YouTube etc. 
  • Must possess excellent verbal and written communication skills. 
  • Must enjoy interacting with people and networking to make new contacts. 
  • Previous music industry or related marketing experience is beneficial. 

To Apply: 
Please send resume, and cover letter to, answering only three (3) of the following questions in your coverletter. 
1. Name three of your favorite places to discover new music. 
2. Name the last three music videos that you watched. 
3. Name the last three live music shows that you attended. 
4. Name the last three albums that you downloaded. 
5. Name your three favorite bands/artists of all time. 
6. Name the three social networks that you are the most active on.

November 02, 2012

Hurricane Sandy: How You Can Help

Rarely in life am I short on words. Honestly, I tend to have the opposite problem. But for once, I am simply at a loss. How do you react to this kind of mass devastation especially when nearly everyone you know seems to be directly affected in ways ranging from losing power to losing everything. I don't believe there are words capable of expressing such overwhelming shock, grief, and empathy for the people and places you know and love. Even a few of our writers have had their lives seriously impacted by Sandy's wrath. So, I won't even try to do justice to a storm that has had such a profound effect on millions, because the only things I have found to be suitable so far are either tears or action. 

I cannot stand sitting by watching the news and feeling helpless. So, I decided it was far more worthwhile to use my words to tell you how you can help by volunteering or donating money and/or supplies. I'm sure if you're a student or intern, your bank account is in need too, but please consider doing or giving what you can, even if it's just a few dollars or some old clothes. Countless people have lost their homes, their possessions,  their pets, family members, and even their livelihood.

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Local Help
If you are in the area affected by Sandy, you can find local shelters in need of supplies and maybe even volunteers. has compiled a list of shelters, phone charging stations, shelters, and other resources throughout the state, you can find it here. The New York Red Cross has information here on ways to help as well.

Salvation Army

This well-known charity organization provides meals, shelter, and other supplies. Text STORM to 80888 to donate $10.  Or donate on their website.

Red Cross

The Red Cross provides shelter, food, toiletries, medical help, clothing, and other much needed supplies. Text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 or donate online. You can also donate blood to help. 

Community Foodbank of New Jersey

Obviously, many people in the hardest hit area, many of which are in New Jersey, are in need of food. This organization works with the Office of Emergency Management and other nonprofits to coordinate efforts and reach those who need help. Donate online or donate $10 by texting FEEDNJ to 80888. 

MusiCares is a great charity, associated with The GRAMMY Foundation, that works to help musicians in need. Recently, they set up a specific relief fund for Hurricane Sandy. It will help music musicians with shelter, utilities, food, transportation, medical costs, clothing, instrument and equipment replacement, relocation and home repairs, and more. It looks as though the new fund is still in the process of being launched, however you can make a general donation to the organization online here.

New York Cares
A local volunteer group that works with many nonprofits in the are and is recruiting volunteers to help with recovery. Donate or sign up to volunteer on their site

Humane Society of the United States

Fortunately, most area shelters accepted pets, however not everyone who had to leave  or who lost their homes had the opportunity to bring their pets. The Humane Society Rescue Team is working to rescue pets in the area.  Donate online here

American Humane Association

Similarly, this organization is working to help animals that need rescue or shelter because of the storm. Text  HUMANE to 80888 to donate $10 or donate online here


Provides medicine, emergency kits, clean-up kits, and other supplies. Donate here

You can use Charity Navigator to verify and find information about most organizations you might consider donating to in order to ensure the organization is legitimate and not just a scam. 

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