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Winning Big or Indentured Servitude? Don't Set Sail Alone

Aug 17, 2007
In the highly competitive world of the music industry, it is never wise to sail alone. Equipping yourself with the necessary tools can ensure safe passage through the often rough and shark infested waters of the music business, and lead the aspiring musician straight to musical success. Putting on a show is important; learning the business is imperative.

Most artists concentrate solely on the creative aspects of their career and typically are unaware and/or unprepared for the business and marketing side of the music industry. When aspiring musicians put their careers in the hands of others, it's essential that they know the business before jumping headfirst into shows like American Idol.

While winning big is the main goal for everyone who auditions for these types of shows, do the contestants really win big? Or are they pushed into contracts that basically equate to indentured servitude and a total loss of both their creative freedom and control of their music career in exchange for stardom?

With dreams of sugar plums in their heads...actually large contracts, tours that span the globe, adulation of the world and screaming fans ringing in their ears, these music hopefuls sign away their lives and often their careers with stiff contracts that are not in their favor.

It's has often been said that unless we learn from history, we are doomed to repeat it. Aspiring hopefuls need to learn from those who have already been there. A few of the legendary bands they can learn from are: It's a Beautiful Day, Joe Cocker, The Dixie Chicks and TLC. Each of these bands has learned the hard way what happens when you give up control of your career without knowing the business side.

As stated, although dreams of stardom loom through the minds of contestant hopefuls, who is still around from the American Idol or Nashville Star winners? Kelly Clarkson is the only real winner in music.

So how do you learn the business and avoid being taken advantage of? You need to learn from others who have been right where you are. From mentors, books and careful guidance. Jaci Rae's The Indie Guide to Music, Marketing and Money has helped start and keep many artists dreams alive.

This book will provide the struggling artist with everything they need to pilot and navigate their own course towards musical victory without American Idol, Nashville Star or other reality based shows. Take if from an insider who knows; learn the business before you put on a show.
About the Author
Jaci Rae is a #1 Best Selling author of The Indie Guide to Music, Marketing and Money and Winning Points with the Woman in Your Life One Touchdown at a Time. Tune in for "The Jaci Rae Show" heard live around the world every Thursday: Click on the weekly show link
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