How to Be Successful in the Music Business


Submitted by Kenyetta McKinney | Category: General Interest | Published on Feb 05, 2011
 
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Ever wondered how to become successful as an artist in the music industry? Everyone, no matter what their craft, wants to be successful, and it's all about your strategic planning!

Ever wondered how to become successful as an artist in the music industry? Everyone, no matter what their craft, wants to be successful, and it's all about your strategic planning! You want to make sure that it is original work, and that you do your own writing. Dig deep into your soul, and write the truth from your heart. You don't have to come from a place of great drama in order to have a lot on your heart and mind.

Think about the places from which your heart aches. Express your feelings in the music and people will feel what you feel and they will recognize your sincerity. If you try to become something you are not you will not have the same impact and, worse still, people may see you as a fraud. Next try to create the best quality demo you can. You want to be heard at your best. If your demo is of a poor quality how can you be expected to shine? This can be expensive but if you can find friends to help, or record at a studio for free or a discounted rate you will decrease the cost by a huge amount.

Once your demo is ready send it out to clubs and performance spots. Whether this is as a hard copy (CD) or as part of an Online press kit , you need to be heard locally and make sure you follow up by placing a call to those in charge of local hang outs. Ask for a response to your demo. Be firm, be sincere and be professional. You can get yourself gigs by being persistent. Once you have locked a spot for a live performance make sure you invite everyone that you know to support you. Make sure you have a good, positive and supportive crowd in your corner. Also invite record producers and other booking agents in your town.

Get the word out about your music and your name will begin to grow. Promote yourself online with a website or via an EPK, include ways to download your music, a link to purchase your compact disc demo and a link to contact you. Try to get feedback on your music and make sure not to take any criticism to heart. You should also put up photographs from past shows, and try to have someone videotape live performances in order to showcase them online as well. People respond well to visual imagery so make sure to include that where you can.

This is why a website or an electronic press kit is better than just sending out MP3 files. Keep on promoting yourself in every way possible - hand out brochures, flyers and cards, send your music to record labels and give out a business card to everybody you meet in the industry. Stay professional, polite, firm and consistent and you will promote your chances of rising from a local to a national and international level.

 

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