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Develop competencies in business management, computers, marketing, or other areas to broaden range of employment possibilities.
Develop a variety of skills. Become "multi talented."
Confidence, personality, a positive attitude, and a love of music are important to success.
Need basic tools of self-promotion.
Performers often travel frequently and must be flexible regarding their work schedules.
Gain experience working for a music publisher or other businesses in the entertainment industry.
Ability to read music
Ability to make critical observations
Ability to concentrate and practice musical instruments for long periods
Works well under pressure
Team player and ability to work alone
Being Successful in the Field
Finding positions in the music industry requires a combination of talent, training, connections, and some luck. Perseverance is required!
Some jobs may require you to join unions or guilds.
Marketing and sales
Public and commercial media (TV, radio, Internet)
Venue and music ensemble management
Production companies (primarily in NYC, LA, and Nashville)
Publishing and editing
Virtual reality sound environments, e.g. Internet sites, software creators
Music and program direction
Music license administration
Music editing, production, and composing
Complete an internship within desired profession.
Take business courses to work in management or administration.
Journalism, public relations, and communication classes helpful for work in areas of promotion.
Gain sales experience for marketing.
Must interact well with people and develop persuasion tools.
Knowledge of electronics, audio engineering, and recording required for production.
Work or volunteer at radio station.
Join organizations involved with bringing events and entertainment to campus/local venues.
Career Industry Liaison
208 Bone Student Center
CVA 216 E
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