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How to Make a Living in the Music Industry

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I bet you read that title and thought, “Sign me up!” After all, who doesn’t want to make money doing what they love? And in the music industry especially, making money can seem like such an afterthought in most of our ambitions and professions that it seems a bit like a unicorn.

But, I’ve long been a firm believer that there is plenty of money to be made in the music industry — if only you know where to look, and if only you remain a little flexible about it.

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.

Do I Still Need to Get Signed to be Successful in Music?

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Spoiler alert: the answer is no.

And you know what? It’s pretty empowering.

The Politics of Music, Part 2: Being Environmentally Friendly

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Recently, we brought you the first in a two part series about combining two of the most incredible gifts you have to offer the world: your music, and your voice.

In the first article, we talked about artist advocacy — how to get involved with different organizations and start making a difference on both the local and national level.

Today, we want to talk about something that most of us are aware of, and yet, truthfully, aren’t doing enough to stop: climate change.

Why You Should Only Take Music Advice From Trusted Sources

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Why should you only take music-career advice from legit sources?

Because your music career depends on it, at least partially. If you get bad advice, you could end up wasting years of your life chasing a facet of your music career that wasn’t working and was never going to work. 

And that leads us to the question, “What are these reliable sources you speak of?”

And that’s what I’d like to help with. I’ll go through the different categories of being a DIY musician and point you to some things I’ve found super helpful.