Breaking into the music industry can be tough, yet hundreds of students and recent grads find a way to do it every year. Most people think that working in the music industry is an impossible goal.
However, you can succeed with passion and dedication, along with the knowledge of how to get started. Here are five easy ways to gain experience in the music industry:
1. Become a promoter
Whether it’s joining a street team or promoting at music festivals, this is an invaluable way to gain experience and connections at the same time.
The biggest barrier to entry in promoting bands and musicians is having enough enthusiasm, making it ideal for students looking to gain experience.
2. Stalk dream companies
Sometimes, the only secret to getting hired at a big record label is being in the right place at the right time. So go ahead and follow all your favorites online, sign up for their newsletters, and don’t forget to interact once in a while.
You never know when you might get lucky.
3. Take an internship
Don’t underestimate the value of getting your foot in the door, even if it’s only an unpaid internship. You would not only be gaining important experience but learning more about the complicated workings of the music industry.
Plus, think of all the networking you could do around the water cooler.
4. Start a blog
Even if your blog never becomes wildly successful and popular, it is a good way to showcase yourself to potential employers and partners. Blogging is great for showing knowledge, talent, and dedication.
Plus, it can really help your resume stand out from the pack. Not a writer? Take advantage of online grammar checkers or hire a freelance writer.
5. Find a mentor
Despite their busy schedules, there are a lot of professionals out there that would be happy to help. Reach out to people that inspire you in the music industry and ask for their advice or a chance to interview them over a cup of coffee.
Not only would you be gaining access to an established network within the music industry, you could also write about it on your blog.
Most importantly, always stay on the lookout. You never know when the right connection is going to appear around the corner.
Breaking into the music industry as a student can be difficult, but with the right resources and attitude, you’ll be on your way in no time.
Article by Josh Gruss – CEO of Roundhill music.