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Music Business School 101: Should You Go - And If So, Where?

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Young people receive mixed signals all the time when it comes to the question of whether or not they should attend college before entering the music industry. There are countless examples of people who have jumped into the business headfirst without not only a degree but also any real-world experience, and they’ve been able to make it work.

Whether they be musicians who get their start as teenagers and figure out how the money works or others who simply seem to have an innate gift when it comes to managing, promoting, booking, or publicizing, there are perhaps a higher percentage of successful employees in the music industry who didn't study it in college.

So, is it worth it to go to school to study the music business, or is it worth taking the risk and hoping hard work and quick learning will be enough? That choice is ultimately up to you, but if you’re looking for the right fit, here are five of the best schools where you can study the music business.

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Oct 7, 2019 06:00 AM

Hugh McIntyre

4 Types of Emails You Should Send to Your Fans

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Social media has taken over as the primary form of marketing in almost every field, but that doesn’t mean that email is useless. In fact, a smart artist utilizes everything they have, and a healthy mix of social and email may be the recipe you need to reach your most ardent followers just as frequently as you should be.

6 Instagram Story Features Musicians Should Be Using In 2019

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Instagram may be the most important social media platform at this point, as it allows you to do so much and there are now hundreds of millions of people using it every day. You’re probably already posting great photos and videos on your account, but are you using Instagram Stories? If not, you’re missing out; and even if you are, there's so much more to try.

6 Videos That Make Up an Ideal Music-Video Rollout

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It might seem that when you have a new music video to share with fans, all there is to do is post it to YouTube and move on... but nothing could be further from the truth! We could talk for days about what you can do on social media to promote a clip that might have cost you a pretty penny to craft, but instead, I’d like to focus on what else you can do specifically on YouTube to get more out of your content and rack up views, all of which contribute to your bank account.

4 Benefits to Renting Instruments (And Where to Get Them)

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It may sometimes seem like everything connected to being a musician is expensive. Studio time, touring, merchandise, and even the instruments you need to make your art can clear out your bank account.

This is a sad truth about the music world, and there’s little anyone can do about it. While you can’t skimp on everything, there are certainly times when corners can be cut and a few dollars can be saved. Renting instruments, while not something often talked about, may be just what you need to keep your wallet safe... at least for a bit.