September 23, 2013

Back to School: College Clubs That Can Help Your Career

When you're looking to gain experience and start building your network it can be tough to know where to start. Thankfully, you may not even need to venture off campus to start building valuable skills and connections. Now that you're starting to settle in to your fall schedule, it may be time to think about joining a student organization that can help you. Here's a look at some common on-campus activities that will help you build your resume while making friends with similar interests, meeting professionals in your field, and gaining some new skills. 

September 17, 2013

Music Industry Leads the Digital Revolution

The music industry, from the inside, is often seen as a battle between the so-called "old guard" and the "new." Some argue that there is an unending split between those who quickly embraced digital technology and those who tried to fight it. As the proverb says though " necessity is the mother of invention." Perhaps it was that initial push from P2P services that forced the music world to merge with the digital one, but it certainly seems to be a good thing because it turns out that, as a result, we're leading this revolution.


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September 12, 2013

Copyright Owners Fighting Piracy Links on Google

Despite the defeat of various bills intended to make the fight against online piracy easier, it seems copyright owners are taking things into their own hands. The chart below shows the growth over the past few years of requests for URLs to be removed from Google's search results because of infringing content. This year has already seen more than double the requests from the entirety of 2012 and, as you can seen, there has been an explosive growth in the number of requests since 2011. This seems to suggest rights owners are putting in more effort to protect their content. Still, based on the number of requests, it's clear that this is an arduous task which cannot be reasonably accomplished without considerable commitment. So, is there an easier way for artists to protect themselves? Do you think this is a sign that the copyright community may find more support on Capitol Hill for bills aimed at preventing piracy next time around? Is there a better solution than asking artists to seek out and file complaints against infringing content on their own? And is there a balance to be found between the freedom of information that makes the Internet what it is and the protection artists need to have the freedom to pursue their passion and "quit their day job?" What do you think?


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September 06, 2013

How to Prepare for a Phone Interview: Be Focused

Phone interviews are a common way for companies to initially screen applicants to make a determination of who to bring in for an interview at the office. It should be a lower-stress way to make a good first impression without needing to worry about what to wear or how your hair looks. Yet, at a time when people rarely, if ever, actually talk on the phone and you can even order a pizza on the Internet, a phone interview may actually be more nerve wracking that it's in-person counterpart. We started this series with tips to help you be ready for the call and practice getting comfortable on the phone and today we're looking at tips to avoid distraction.

Prevent Interruptions
Take the call away from other people in a quiet room by yourself. This will help you avoid loud noises, people trying to talk to you, and other sounds that could cause you to forget what you were saying.

Forewarn Your Roommates
This step is extremely important if you're a college student living in a dorm. Tell you roommates in advance so, preferably, they can be out of the room at that time. Put a reminder on the door so your roommate or other friends won't come storming into the room and your RA will avoid knocking. This also applies if you live at home and your roommates happen to be your parents.

Use a Land Line
Admittedly, these are hard to come by, but if you live in a college dorm you probably have the option of getting one for free. Find out about it and get it set up a week in advance of your interview so you have time to make sure the line works and provide the number to your interviewer. A land line can help you avoid issues with dropped calls because of poor reception.

Disable Call Waiting
Find out how to turn off call waiting for the duration of your call so that you won't wind up with a beeping sound in your ear and bits of conversation cut off. Just don't forget to turn it back on again so you won't miss any important calls. 

Have Water and Cough Drops
Nerves have a way of making your throat feel dry so be sure to have some water and maybe a few cough drops near by just in case even if you don't think you will need it. 

What tips do you have for phone interviews? 

September 04, 2013

What Day Should #MusicIntern Chat Be?

So, now that it's back to school time it seems like time to get #MusicIntern chat back up and rolling on Twitter. If you're not familiar, it's a forum for music students, interns, workers, artists, etc. to come together online as a community and ask questions, share their troubles and get help, discuss goals, and network to help make it easier for you to  stay informed and break in to the music industry. We usually learn a lot from each other and have fun while doing it. It's free and easy to join (I'll provide easy-to-follow directions once we establish a date). For now, take a look at your schedule - and your upcoming fall TV schedule- and cast your vote for which day is best for you. The chat will be held at night, probably 9pm ET, so keep that in mind. Also, though I definitely want to hear from you, I'll make the final call so I can be sure to be there to host.

September 03, 2013

Back to School: High School Clubs That Can Help Your Career

Now that Labor Day weekend is over it's time for students all over the country to focus on school. If you're a high school student with a passion for music though, it can be difficult to feel motivated to finish your biology homework when you'd rather be practicing and planning for your future career in rock 'n' roll. Don't write off school too quickly though. A well-rounded education is important no matter what career you pursue and good grades will help you get in to a good college music program. Plus, there are plenty of ways to gain skills and knowledge that will help you once you have an opportunity to move to the next level. Here are six examples of clubs and organizations many high schools offer that will help you get ahead and be well prepared for college applications and future internships.

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