January 29, 2016

21 things only music business majors will understand



1) Going to a music festival isn't just fun for you, it's a religious experience.
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2) You hear a new song and you must find out everything about who wrote, played, or produced it.

3) You can name the record label each of your favorite bands are on.
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4) You spend your summers working for no pay while your friends are relaxing or making money.
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5) When everyone wants to tell you about how terrible of an idea it is to go into the music industry. 
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6) Sometimes the guest speaker for your class is a celebrity.
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7) And someone famous probably went to your school in your major. No big deal.
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8) You get really offended if someone uses the wrong genre to describe a musician you like.
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9) The music on your computer takes up most of your hard drive and you're baffled when friends tell you they don't really have much music.
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10) When people find out your major and get confused. 
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January 28, 2016

Goal Setting: Learning from Others

January is starting to turn to February and most people by now have given up on their New Year's resolutions. But what if your resolution was a real goal you intend on achieving this year? Are you still going strong? It's easy to feel a little overwhelmed or even lost after the initial excitement of a new project begins to wear off. So how do you find ways to keep moving forward? Learn from someone who has already accomplished something similar.

January 27, 2016

Questions to ask at an internship interview

Anytime you have an interview you should come prepared with questions to ask. Not only is it expected,  but asking smart questions gives you a chance to demonstrate your skills and enthusiasm and learn more about the job. 

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What are your goals for this internship?

January 26, 2016

Internship opportunities with ATX Management in Nashville

ATX Management is led by Austin Hill, an experienced corporate and entertainment lawyer and artist manager. Austin started his career on Wall Street as an M&A lawyer, and then worked as in-house M&A counsel for a multi-national oil & gas company before transitioning his career to entertainment law and artist management.
Nashville
About the Internship: 
Interns will be given opportunities to learn and participate in all aspects of artist management, including artist strategy and personal management, legal & business affairs, touring & booking, publicity, radio promotion, distribution, and publishing & rights administration. Interns will receive meaningful assignments, participate in discussions with clients and other industry professionals, and receive continuous personal education and mentorship from Austin Hill. Internship hours are flexible; an internship office at ATX Management’s office on Music Row will be available to interns during normal business hours.

ATX Management currently has 5 developing acts on its artist roster:

January 11, 2016

Where to start when you have no experience in the music industry

So you want a job or internship in the music industry but you have no experience and everything you want to require seems to require more experience than seems possible. Like that entry level job as an assistant that wants 3-5 years of experience. Really?

So what they heck do you do when you have no experience but you need experience to get it (talk about a catch 22!). You create your own. With some creativity, you can create relevant experience for almost any area of the music industry and doing show will demonstrate that you're motivated, hard-working, and entrepreneurial, making that self-made experience look fantastic on your resume. Technology has made access to the music industry easier and more affordable than ever before so take advantage of it and forge your own path. Here are some ideas for how to get started:


If you want to be a...

Concert promoter / Booking agent
If you want experience booking bands or promoting shows you simply need a show to promote or a band to book. That might sound ridiculous, but it's really as simple as asking your friend if you can set up some shows for his band or asking your college if you can host an open mic night in your dorm's common area. If this sounds totally impossible, try starting a blog or Youtube channel where you review concerts.

Manager
Again, if you want to be a manager you just need a band to start managing. There are plenty of indie musicians that would rather just focus on their art and ignore the business, so if you're business savvy try building a relationship with a local band you love and volunteering to help them out.

Writer
If your dream job is something like working for Buzzfeed or Rollingstone, start with a blog where you write about your favorite musicians, interview local bands, review shows, or whatever else inspires you.

Marketer
This one is similar to but a little easier than getting management or concert experience because you don't necessarily need to start with a musician. You could volunteer to help a friend sell their art, film, book, photography, invention, business, dog walking services, or whatever else it may be. You'll still gain great experience setting prices, developing messaging, creating marketing materials, etc.

Producer / engineer
They say it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert in anything. So get started early. You don't need access to a fancy studio, you just need some basic audio equipment, a laptop, and Logic or ProTools (both have student discounts). You might not start out knowing what levels are or how to properly place a microphone, but that's ok the GRAMMY winner producers all had to start somewhere too.

Got any other ideas or clever ways you gained experience in music? Let us know in the comments.

January 06, 2016

One rule for making the most of an internship

It's simple and straightforward but most interns completely fail to do it. Still, if you follow this one rule you'll learn a lot more and increase your chances of getting a job.

So what's the big secret? Get to know as many people as possible.

Let's be honest, being an intern can be scary. You're trying really hard to impress and to be perfect and it's a lot easier to be perfect if you just keep to yourself and hide at your desk. You're not doing yourself any favors. You should be proactive about talking to, meeting with, and learning from as many people as possible both in and out of your department.

In general, you should try to participate in office social events, talk to the people you sit near, and try to make sure you know who everyone is and what they do (of course that will be a lot harder in a big office, but make sure you at least know your department and anyone that your department works with directly as well as major decision makers like vice presidents). But the easiest way to build relationships is to take advantage of your internship to set up meetings with as many people as possible. Here's how: 

1) Express an interest in learning more about what their work
If you're lucky, sometime during your first week your boss will walk you around the office to introduce you to everyone or have everyone welcome you during a meeting or via email. Take advantage of that moment. For example, if your boss introduces you to the team during a meeting, take a moment to say something like "thank you, I'm excited to be here and look forward to learning from all of you." If you get introduced individually you can be a little more direct saying "you work sounds interesting, I'd love to find a time to talk to your and learn more about that while I'm here."

2) Ask for some time to talk


Your fellow coworkers are busy trying to meet deadlines and get more work done than they probably have time for so don't expect them to drop everything to listen to you talk about your dreams over Starbucks. But, you have an advantage and you should take advantage of it: most people are willing to help students. Put together a concise, respectful email asking if you could have 15 - 20 minutes of their time to learn more about their work and the path they took to get there. There's a good chance most people will say yes. If you have access to their calendar, take a look beforehand and suggest a few times that you are both available.

3) Follow up
When someone says they are willing to talk to you, don't just let that slide. I've had a few interns ask to talk to me sometime but they never followed up to actually schedule something. You know when your internship ends and you have to be responsible for making the most of your experience. So, if someone tells you they are willing to take some time to meet with you don't let that slide.

4) Have questions ready
If someone is willing to meet with you, be respectful of their time and have something prepared to talk about. For ideas check out this post on informational interviews.

5) Follow up
Yes, more follow up (always follow up). Be sure that you send each person a thank you email after you meet them. Mention something that they said that you found particualrly helpful or interesting or something that you plan to act on (for example you downloaded a book they recommended). Be sure to check in with them throughout the course of your internship and continue to follow up even after you leave.

By getting to know as many people as possible duing your internship, you'll acheive three goals that are the markers of any successful internship: understand how the organization works, learn about different career paths, and build a bigger network.

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