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Know the Industry

Aug 17, 2007
Some artists and musicians are dying for recording contracts but do they really know how the music industry works? Before signing any music contracts, you need to educate yourself on the industry itself. The music industry is fast-paced and ever-changing so you have to keep up!

First, read as many books on how the music industry works as possible. Learn the ins and outs and everything in between, especially music business contracts. Take some continuing education courses at the local college about the music biz. They should be relatively inexpensive and you might just learn something about recording contracts and such.

Ask questions and learn about the roles people play in the industry. There are managers and top executives that you may have to deal with in the future if you are looking for music contracts. Know who to ask what. For example, you may ask a manager about what type of commission he expects from your net earnings, or something along that line.

You want to look educated so you don't look like prey. The music business is all about business and you can get taken advantage of. Don't be afraid to ask tough questions. You will have to deal with managers, booking agents, publishers, promoters and many others so you have to know your stuff. If people avoid your questions or try not to answer them at all, then go the other way. Obviously they are not the type of people you would want to do business with anyway.

Never sign any type of music business contracts without thoroughly reviewing them first. You may even want to solicit some legal advice. If someone seems like they are in a hurry for you to sign then you definitely want to read and re-read those music business contracts before you make ANY move.

Lastly, get out and hear some live music on your own. Even if you are experienced in performing live, you always have something to learn. Talk to the band or artist. Musicians are the best people to learn from hands down. They even may offer you some advice about the music industry and particularly recording contracts. Maybe you can even book a gig at that venue, you never know.

The music industry is a wonderfully complex industry to be a part of. Before you hop into it, you definitely need to get to know it a little better. Recording contracts and music contracts can be hard to come by so when they do come by you, you want to be prepared!
About the Author
Online music industry's most recognizable voice-the former owner of an Indie label-current owner of Platinum Millennium Pub. & music industry seminar speaker/panelist. Author/creator of 40+ best-selling music biz materials & other "How to" resources, that helped 1000s of people. Visit http://www.order-yours-now.com/ for more information on music contracts, recording contracts & music business contracts.
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