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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.

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.

What TikTok Users Want to Hear

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This article originally appeared on Haulix.

 

TikTok is making superstars, but what kind of musicians are most likely to get ahead on the fastest-growing social media platform?

What 'Fundamental Frequencies' Have to Do With Recording a Great Song

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What are “fundamental frequencies”? And why are they important?

Great questions! Let me answer them. Here’s why you need to know about them in order to record a great song.

How to Use Mindfulness to Boost Your Music Career & Income

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You likely know by now that in order to build a sustainable career in music you must have multiple streams of income. With CD sales essentially non-existent and a single Spotify stream earning you fractions of a penny, the bulk of your income is probably not going to be coming from your music itself.

However, not making money directly from your music isn’t a completely foreign concept. Back when labels only recouped mechanical royalties, i.e., CD sales, musicians who were signed rarely saw money from their music sales, but rather made their income from merch, touring, endorsements, etc.

As an independent musician, your career now demands the same. But, luckily for you, technology and a more intimate connection with your audience allows you to create additional streams related to your music that didn’t necessarily exist in past years. One of these is through mindfulness.