July 30, 2013

You Don't Know Everything

Let's start with a few facts:

  • The music industry is complex and can be hard to understand
  • It's based on intellectual property rights laws, which are also complex and can be hard to understand
  • You have to understand the past to know how we got here and "know the rules before you can break them"
So, what's all this about? Well, there's a bit of an epidemic that's come along with the advent of the Internet and the fact that we have so much knowledge accessible at any time of the day. It's wonderful that musicians and students today can Google and learn just about anything they want about the music business- that after all is the point of this site. The problem though is that, well, as we mentioned before the music industry is complex and that means you can't learn everything by reading a few articles on the Internet. You need to get experience, do your research, read books, follow the latest news, and maybe even get a college degree these days to really understand what's going on in this fast-paced ever-evolving industry. A lot of young musicians and interns make the mistake of thinking that just because they know a few things about how the world of music works they know everything and they're quick to make assumptions and, as a result, make mistakes. It doesn't have to be a big deal though, after all no one is perfect and the people around you will be willing to forgive if you accept that. However, this also means being open to new information, new ideas, and new opinions. If you don't understand something, ask. If you think you understand something but someone with more experience or knowledge tells you otherwise, listen and learn. Don't argue or get defensive just because someone is trying to teach you something or correct your mistake. No one wants to work with someone who isn't willing to listen or cooperate. Spend less time saying no and more time asking why. 

July 26, 2013

Marketing and PR Internships at World Cafe Live at The Queen in Wilmington, DE

World Cafe Live at the Queen in Wilmington, DE is offering non-paid Marketing and PR internships for college credit. Each position has flexible hours and is perfect for those concentrating in the fields of music business, event planning, marketing, and public relations. Minimum of 15 hours per week. 

World Cafe Live has been built on a simple insight: that a place dedicated to showcasing live music should be a place that attracts and inspires live musicians. The result is a three-tiered music hall in which every detail has been designed to optimize the live performance experience, from sight lines, lighting and acoustics to green rooms, equipment access and concierge service.

July 22, 2013

Internship with GRAMMY U / The Recording Academy in Santa Monica, CA

If you've been a regular reader, you probably already know I'm a big fan of The Recording Academy and their sister organizations, The GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares. They do a lot of good for music education and musicians in need and provide networking and educational opportunities for professionals. They also offer a student membership through GRAMMY U, which provides special events catered to students who are just getting started in the industry. They are currently looking for a fantastic intern to at their Headquarters in Santa Monica California who can assist with all things GRAMMY U. It's a fantastic way to learn about the industry and work with a wonderful team of people. Apply today!  
The Recording Academy® Intern Program offers an opportunity for college students who are interested in careers in the recording industry to gain on-site training in programming, office administration, not for profit management and membership development.  The intern would be working to fulfill a college credit.

GRAMMY U Internship Description

  • Internship duration is for a semester (12 weeks or equivalent).
  • Hours are part time (20 hours a week).
  • Intern will work on site during regular business hours as well as some evenings and weekends.
  • Internship provides an in-depth exposure to a professional recording organization's techniques and practices.
  • Projects to include assistance with social media communication, event management, GRAMMY U programs and administrative office support.
  • Assist with managing The GRAMMY U social platforms, including; Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
  • Manage Twitter lists and Facebook fans to monitor the GRAMMY U member audience
  • Create updates using our social media analytic platform to better understand our engagement  with GRAMMY  U members/followers
  • Assist with moderating comments on our sites
  • Assist with capturing content and live updating from events
  • Organize reports and recaps measuring social ROI
Santa Monica, CA. 
Headquarters of The Recording Academy. 

July 16, 2013

Internship with The Recording Academy in Philadelphia, PA

Interns at The Recording Academy® Philadelphia Chapter gain hands-on experience working in a professional music industry arena. Most known for the GRAMMY® telecast in February, the Recording Academy is much more than an award show. MusiCares, The GRAMMY Foundation, and 12 national Chapters are constantly working.

Interns must be able to provide documentation that they will receive college credit for the internship, are required to work part-time (20 hrs/wk) and have a strong interest in the music industry. Internship duties consist of member recruitment and correspondence, promotion and execution of events, writing, clerical and administrative duties and other tasks provided under the Membership Coordinator. This position is paid minimum wage.

  • Research local potential members
  • Research local arts organization for membership and collaboration
  • Membership info packets- copy, collate, mail when needed
  • Assist GRAMMY U rep, when needed, on student outreach
  • Send new member welcome information and assist maintaining database of new members.
  • Assist with materials, setup, and operations for events including helping with check-in 
General Office
  • Answer phone
  • Collect and distribute mail
  • Print out all chapter recaps for events binder
  • Assisting in developing engaging content for our membership site, 
Special Projects
  • Research of Festivals in the Philadelphia Market
  • Coordinating “5 Questions With …” interviews with musicians and artists.
  • Maintaining the library of incoming CDs.
  • Assisting in the Award CRAFT committee meetings

Internship Contact: Ashley Coleman/Membership Coordinator/ Download the application at and email completed application to with “PHI GRAMMY Fall Intern” in the subject line.

The Recording Academy Philadelphia Chapter
200 S. Broad St. Ste 410
Philadelphia, PA 19102