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They're out there somewhere: tastemakers. Talent buyers. Record label CEOs. They probably look like you and me, but they have the ability to hand you an opportunity to step onto a larger stage, taking a huge step forward in your career. If you're lucky, you're only one degree of separation away from someone who show you a path to fame or, at the very least, doing music full time. These opportunities can arrive at absolutely any time, and often in the most unlikely ways. These five stars prove how important it is to be practiced, committed, and prepared for when those opportunities come knocking.

5 Industry-Approved Books Every Musician Should Read

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It's important for any musician to understand the industry, but DIY bands and artists hoping to cultivate full-time careers from their creativity will especially benefit from learning its ins and outs. This means understanding its past and educating yourself on the now, as well as keeping a close watch on the future – because, after all, the industry is constantly evolving.

These five books were all published in the last seven years and successfully cover timeless topics with a forward-thinking lens. That's not to say standards like All You Need to Know About the Music Business are obsolete; in fact, that one and several others are regularly updated. Still, these selections feel extra timely, and totally relevant for DIY musicians navigating the industry at this very moment.

5 Times People Have Said Music Was Dead

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Admit it, you’ve angrily used the phrase “[Insert artist, song, genre, etc. here] is the death of good music!” before.

Maybe you grew up listening to political, poetic rock 'n' roll on the radio and the idea of electronic dance music dominating the pop music industry right now is your personal version of the day the music died. Or you’re an indie artist and streaming services are making a career in music outrageously difficult, threatening a financially prosperous career in music.

Whoever you may be, I can assure you that you’re not alone. Music is something every person on this planet holds close to their heart, and when something threatens our favorite songs, genres, and ways of listening, we tend to get… defensive.

5 Ways to Jumpstart Your Musical Creativity

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Creating music is difficult, but nobody said it was going to be easy. You need to learn to play an instrument, practice every day, and on top of that, you’re expected to share your innermost feelings and emotions, and doing so eloquently is a daunting task.

Sometimes it’s not just the beauty that isn’t immediate, it’s anything. Everybody hits snags when they’re involved in something creative, and music is notorious for catching people in spells of indecision, doubt, and pure nothingness.

If you’re having a hard time getting over the blank space in your mind, here are a few tips that can help get the ball rolling.

8 Ways to Set Yourself Up for Music Career Success

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Nobody has a lock on success, and nobody has a formula to guarantee it. In the music game, as with other endeavors in which people strive against the odds and try to perform at a very high level, there are just too many variables. Just like highly regarded sports prospects often flame out, musicians with all the talent in the world get overlooked. Others seem to rise despite themselves.

No one has a foolproof path to making it big in this business. But we know that opportunities arise, and they’re to be treasured. And we can capitalize on them effectively if we cultivate certain traits in ourselves…like these folks did. Here are eight ways to set yourself up to make the most of the breaks you’re given.