March 31, 2014

How to Find Affordable Housing as an Intern

You scored an internship for the summer at your dream company. Go you! Except that dream company is in New York and you aren't. How do you find somewhere to stay on a budget (usually an unpaid kind of budget) in a major city where you don't currently live. I spent one summer interning in New York and another in Los Angeles despite going to school in Philadelphia, so I've definitely learned from experience how to find relatively affordable short term accommodations. So, today I'm sharing some resources and advice to help make the search easier for you.

Dorm Room 1
By Laurengonzo (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

March 25, 2014

Internship Opportunities with Discovering Arts Music Group in London

Discovering Arts Music Group currently has numerous opportunities for intern to join their team, based in London, UK. You will be working as part of a young friendly and fast paced team and will gain valuable experience working alongside the core music team.

Discovering Arts Music Group (DAMG) is a London-based music company that believes in business at the front and Music is at the back, (whereby, we protect the artists and their music ). DAMG is providing a single home for Artists, which is comprise of 7 core businesses: 
  • Record Company
  • Publishing
  • Management
  • Booking 
  • Studios/Production
  • Events
  • Fashion/ Merchandise. 
DAMG promote, develop and support the visions of our artists, nurturing their growth 
from zero to hero.

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The following internships are available:

March 21, 2014

Live on MusicBizMentor's Broadcast 9:15pm ET This Sunday


I've been invited by Music Biz Mentor to participate in one of their regular live video broadcasts about the music industry and it's happening this weekend. So, join me Sunday night at 9:15PM ET when I discuss social media marketing and a bit of Intern Like A Rockstar with Music Biz Mentor's founder, Devine Taylor, and let us know if you have any questions!

Stream it Live Here!

March 19, 2014

5 Things You Need to Do on Every Job Application

Finding  a job is tough, especially in this market. You may be surprised to know though that I've heard from a number of employers that sometimes it's the simples of mistakes that lands someones resume in the reject pile. See, when the competition is as tough as it is right now it doesn't take much to find a reason to turn someone down. Typos, impersonalized cover letters, and other little mistakes can make a big difference. So, here are 5 things you need to be sure you do on every job application. 
  • Follow It
    • Following directions is important. It’s easy to overlook something or try to beat the system, but if you can’t follow directions in an application how can you be expected to do it on the job?
  • Sell It
    • Tell them why you want this specific position with this specific company and why you’d be good at it in your cover letter.
  • Personalize It
    • Try to address your cover letter to someone specific where possible and always customize your letter so that it is specific to the company to which you are applying. There's really no better way to have your application trashed than by telling Universal why you really want to work for Warner.
  • Check It
    • Be completely certain you have included your contact info on all documents, used proper spelling and grammar, followed directions, and used your manners. Don't use slang, incomplete sentences, text message speak, or have a sense of entitlement. There are plenty of other applicants who don't think they should get an award just for showing up. So double check everything you send in for completeness and correctness. And then check it again.
  • Track It
    • Keep track of what you apply for, who you speak to, and the status of each application, follow up but do it in a way that's polite and not overly pushy. There's a fine line between persistent and obnoxious, don't cross it.

March 18, 2014

High Schoolers, Apply for GRAMMY Camp 2014

As a former GRAMMY Camp counselor I suppose I may be a little biased to tell you to apply to this program, but the truth is I'm only biased because I saw first hand just how great it is. There aren't many ways for high school students to really get a true taste of what it's like to work in music, create professional level work, and meet and work with real professionals, but GRAMMY Camp is a place where you get to do all of that with a group of students who are just as passionate about music as you are. So, if you're in high school and interested in working in the music industry check it out and seriously consider applying, it might change your life. 

GRAMMY Camp— the GRAMMY Foundation's signature music industry camp for
U.S. high school students — is an interactive summer music experience focusing on all aspects of commercial music. GRAMMY Camp provides instruction by industry professionals in an immersive creative environment with cutting-edge technology in professional facilities. GRAMMY Camp in New York and St. Paul, Minn., will each include a nine-day interactive residential summer music experience. GRAMMY Camp L.A. will host a 10-day residential camp. GRAMMY Camp Nashville will host a five-day nonresidential day camp for local students. Focusing on all aspects of commercial music, this unique opportunity provides instruction by industry professionals in an immersive creative environment with cutting-edge technology in professional facilities. 

Choose From One of These Career Tracks:
  • Audio Engineering
  • Electronic Music Production
  • Songwriting
  • Music Journalism
  • Video Production
  • Music Business
  • Performance - Instrumental
  • Performance - Vocal

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