February 24, 2016

Ask a Producer / GRAMMY Member

Have you ever wanted to know how GRAMMY winners are chosen? How you can vote for them too? Want to know what makes a good record? Voting member of The Recording Academy, Alex J. Michaels, has offered to answer questions for our readers. So submit your question today to learn more about the music industry.

Alex J. Michaels is currently a music producer and music consultant primarily for independent artists and songwriters. He got his start in music as a child and studied piano, violin, saxophone and drums. In his teen years he performed in local and regional theatre productions and was a member of an acting troupe that toured throughout Europe. His first big break came while working on a USO tour headlined by Latin percussionist Sheila E. and Polynesian pop group The Jets. He worked on several other projects for Jacks Mannequin, Hawthorne Heights and Vans Warped Tour with Katy Perry and Paramore. He became a member of NARAS in 2004 and has been a voting member since 2008. He studied at Berklee College of Music and has a degree in music production and management.

February 22, 2016

Why Snapchat is a major marketing opportunity in the music industry

This is a guest post from Alison Perdue.

Whether or not you like it, whether or not you are willing to accept it, and whether or not you

have even figured out how to properly use Twitter and Facebook yet, Snapchat is a quickly

evolving social app that is a growing marketing opportunity for the music industry in 2016. But

what makes Snapchat different from the long list of existing apps that artists already use to keep

track with fans?

It is a platform that offers a friendlier, more intimate, personal, and direct

relationship with fans that is not possible on other platforms. Ultimately, due to its unique

opportunities, it has the potential to generate more “word of mouth” and increase the number of

people that develop into devoted and dedicated long-term fans. Whether you are a musician or

involved in the business side of the industry, it is a platform on which you MUST be a part of in

order to effectively market in 2016… and here’s why.

February 15, 2016

Music students, apply for GRAMMY Camp 2016

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. As a former GRAMMY Camp Counselor and Panelist I can tell you first hand that this program is amazing and hands down one of the best places to learn about the music industry. 

GRAMMY Camp is the best summer music industry program ever.  (Seriously.)

You get to spend more than a week living, breathing, eating, drinking music – with students from all over the country and music industry pros who know how it all works. You’ll meet guest artists, write and record new music, visit cool music sites, and finish strong with a final concert in a professional venue. And you’ll get really great GRAMMY Camp swag.

Plus – financial assistance is available for students who need it.

GRAMMY Camp is a live-in music industry camp where participants with varied interests learn how the music business works. They leave with a greater sense of how they can develop a strategy that will increase their chances at having a successful career in music. U.S. citizens currently be enrolled in high school are eligible to apply.

  • GRAMMY Camp Nashville – Tuesday, May 31 - Saturday, June 4, 2016
  • GRAMMY Camp LA – Saturday, June 18 – Monday, June 27, 2016
  • GRAMMY Camp NY - Sunday, July 31 – Monday, August 8, 2016 

February 14, 2016

Music is my valentine

Happy Valentine's Day from Intern Like a Rockstar

Music is my valentine - Intern Like a Rockstar

Join us tomorrow night at 8pm ET / 5pm CT on Twitter to live tweet the GRAMMYS with #musicintern. 

February 13, 2016

#MusicIntern Virtual GRAMMY Party: Join us to live tweet The GRAMMYs and network

#MusicIntern chat is live tweeting the GRAMMY Awards this Monday night! Join us to live-tweet all of the performances, fashion, nominees, and winners and meet other music industry students, interns, employees, or just fans from around the world. 

Who: The chat is open to anyone who works in, wants to work in, or is interested in learning about the music business -- invite your friends to join your. 

What: Twitter chat, virtual GRAMMY viewing and networking party. 

Where: You just need a Twitter account. Join us from your couch in your PJs or all dressed up at an official viewing party, either way you can weigh in using #musicintern. The awards air on CBS so tune in then join us on twitter using #musicintern or at (this link makes it easy by pulling all the tweets with that tag into one live stream).

When: 8 pm ET / 5 pm CT on Monday, February 15. Tune into CBS. 

Before the chat, cast your vote for who you think will win in the "Big 4" categories. We've totally nailed it in the past, let's see if we can do it again. 

Internship opportunities with singer-songwriter Jackie Paladino in NYC

Seeking various intern positions for team Jackie Paladino, an up and coming soul-pop singer-songwriter and Bloomworld Music Artist, managed by Hakim Bell.

Born in New York and raised in central New Jersey, Jackie Paladino is a singer-songwriter whose voice has been compared to the likes of Corinne Bailey Rae, Billie Holiday, and Adele. She was introduced to the piano at the age of six, and developed her understanding of storytelling and performance through off-Broadway theatre, dance competitions, and musical vocational school. It wasn’t until Jackie returned to her birth state to attend the music theatre program at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts that she discovered her true calling. “When everyone else was memorizing lines to songs and stories, I was writing my own stories through song, belting out the tunes of Etta James, Duffy, and Alicia Keys along the way.” Always an avid reader of poetry, she found herself delving deeply into the works of Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan, entranced by the precision and mystery of their word choice. As an artist, Ms. Paladino seeks to combine this sense of lyric perfectionism and her urgency to “mold the ugly into something beautiful” along with the power and soul of her favorite songstresses. 

Jackie has recently worked with vocal coach Don Lawrence (Lady Gaga, Christina Aguilera), producers Chris Griffin (Madonna, John Legend), Grammy nominated producer Ivan Corraliza (Timbaland, Christina Aguilera), SRP/Universal Writer/Producer Jackson Foote, and Grammy award winning producer Tyrone Corbett. She regularly performs in the tri-state area at venues like BBKings, World Cafe Live, Rockwood Music Hall, and the Bowery Electric amongst others. 

February 04, 2016

10 strange ways to ruin a job interview

We've all had a horrible job interview experience at some point in our lives where everything seems to go horribly wrong. I once did a phone interview with what I thought was a bad cold only to have enough breath between coughs to get a couple words out at a time and later discovered I actually had walking pneumonia. Needless to say, I didn't get asked for a second interview. But bad interviews are always a learning experience -- even if that means just teaching you what not to do. Sometimes, we need a little humor though for those times when the only way to feel better is by knowing it could have been worse. 

In a new survey of 2,500 hiring managers and HR managers from CareerBuilder, employers shared the most memorable -- and admittedly a little bit funny -- job interview mistakes candidates have made. According to the survey, fifty percent of employers know within the first five minutes of an interview if a candidate is a good fit for a position. Here are a few real-life ways people have uhh...been removed from that category? 

The 10 Strangest Things People Have Done in Job Interviews

  1. Candidate took a family photo off of interviewer’s desk and put it into her purse.
  2. Candidate started screaming that the interview was taking too long.
  3. Candidate said their main job was being a psychic/medium and tried to read interviewer’s palm, despite interviewer’s attempts to decline the offer.
  4. When asked what their ideal job was, candidate said "painter of birdhouses." (Company was hiring for a data entry clerk.)
  5. Candidate sang their responses to questions.
  6. Candidate put lotion on their feet during the interview.
  7. When asked why he wanted the position, candidate replied, “My wife wants me to get a job.”
  8. Candidate started feeling interviewer’s chest to find a heartbeat so they could “connect heart to heart.”
  9. Candidate had a pet bird in their shirt.
  10. Candidate took phone interview in the bathroom – and flushed. 

February 01, 2016

How to craft a killer elevator pitch and ace your job interview

The first question you will be asked in any interview, networking event, job fair, happy hour, professional event, etc. is "tell me about yourself" (or a similar variant like what do you do or to introduce yourself). So you absolutely need to have a succinct and impressive introduction, also known as an elevator pitch, ready to go at all times -- especially if you're looking for a job.
When it comes to an interview, a great answer to "tell me about yourself" sets the tone for your entire interview and establishes the first impression, so you have to get it right. A good intro can make or break your chance at the job. In fact, I once had an interview where after being asked to introduce myself the hiring manager admitted I had answered many of his questions (that's an instant confidence boost) and we wound up having a much more relaxed conversation. Eventually, I got the job. So, how do you develop you answer to "tell me about yourself" and "what do you do?" Follow the steps below:

Assume they know nothing about you 
Just because you got an interview doesn't mean you should assume the hiring manager (or committee) memorized your cover letter and resume. It's more likely they were impressed at the time but have been in a series of back to back interviews and, if they were lucky, they had a chance to glance at your application again before you arrive. So do not introduce yourself simply by saying your name and current job title. Use this as an opportunity to tell your story and work in a few impressive details to set the right tone.

Who you are 
Obviously this includes your name. But, this is where you talk about your past and your experience including something that clearly and quickly establishes your credentials. For example, if you're just starting out you might say I'm majoring in music business and have interned at a record label and a venue (include the names if you think people will know them). Eventually, you might say you're a GRAMMY-winning musician (wishful thinking?).

What you do 
Talk about what you're good at and how you can help the company, be a little bit specific. Let's go back to the example of the record label intern. If you worked on social media and ran street teams for major label artists and you're applying for an entry level social media job, then say that.

Why you're a good fit (and why you want it) 
Talk about the skills and experiences that make you a good candidate for this job and why you're interested in this specific company.

Anticipate and address concerns confidently
Are there any obvious gaps in your resume? Quickly and confidently address them here. For example, if you go to college in Florida but are applying for a summer internship in your home state of Minnesota then speak to that and put a positive spin on it.

Putting it all together with a (mostly) real example
I'm Katie I've worked in music marketing since 2006 with both major labels and indie artists. I've run street teams email lists, created web content to support top-selling record releases, and managed artists' social media accounts. I'm passionate about artist development and using digital tools to build a strong fan base, that's why I'd be excited to be a part of your digital marketing team when I move to LA next month.

This introduction quickly established that I have several years of experiences with different types of artists. It listed, with some degree of specificity, what I do and that I did it well enough to be successful (the part about it being top-selling). It spoke to my specific interest in that role and company (I'm assuming the fake company is interested in artist development) and it addressed the fact that while I don't currently live where the job is located I am moving there soon.