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Music Business Myth Busting

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One of the most prevalent myths you’ll ever hear about working in the recording industry, is that your likelihood of carving out a career in entertainment rests solely on who you know. In fact, this kind of talk permeates all facets of job hunting and sales to the point where, God-forbid, one might think it completely impossible to accomplish just about anything in life without some sort of inside connection.

MusicBizWeekly Podcast #2

Posted by dockane On April - 16 - 2009

This week myself, Berklee student, Justin Travis and Heather McDonald your About.com Musicians guide tackle music for free, a bit of Trent Reznor, hobby-musicians vs. career-musicians, and getting the most out of your a career in music, and the new Universal Music video channel.

Check out the latest and greatest music news from MusicBizWeekly: http://ow.ly/31lm

Here are a few of the issues we covered in this week’s MusicBizWeekly podcast.

iTunes tiered pricing
QTrax relaunching
Universal Music and YouTube laucnhing a music video site
Jeff Price from Tunecore’s iTunes promotion tricks

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Doc

The Friday Music Industry Link Roundup

Posted by dockane On July - 11 - 2008

Music Industry Link RoundupSince the Internet is rather timeless, I’m not entirely big on making my link roundup one that only features news from last week. After all, there is a lot of stuff that is “old” and still “new” to you and me, so it’s still worth covering in my book.

So, think of my round up, if you will, as a “news worth reading” section as opposed to just what’s happening in the blogosphere this week. After all, I don’t even really watch the news, and I’m not in possession of enough time or desire to surf all day long either.

Entertainment Career Advice:  Questions and AnswersHow it works: Hi folks. Because I tend to get a lot of questions about how to get a job in the music business, and because it is difficult to craft a new response for every one I get, I’m going to start sharing a few of my more common responses here on the blog. Each time I do so, I’ll ask if I can post the message online before doing so, and if I receive your approval, as I did with today’s question, I’ll put ‘er up.

Topspin on Billboard MagazineCheck out our new Music Industry Jobs and Internships board at MusicIndustryJobs.com It’s FREE!

One of the more enjoyable reasons for opening my email box in the morning is to read my daily Napoleon Hill Foundation quote. If you don’t know Napoleon Hill, you should check out the book many successful business people point to as the one that changed their lives, and helped place them firmly on the track toward completing their life’s goals. Hill’s “Think and Grow Rich” is a simple and direct motivational book filled with all sorts of gem’s that can help you get your rear-end off the couch, away from your PlayStation or XBox and on the phone to generate entertainment industry career prospects. I would highly recommend it.

You bet your Casey-Kasem, Rick-Dees lovin’ asses it is.

Without a doubt, radio is still is among one of the more powerful mediums for introducing the majority of people throughout the world (don’t forget media exists outside the US, folks), to new music, news about musicians and bands on tours, and general entertainment industry revelry. Its almost always free, and accessible just about everywhere humans tend to populate.

(Heck, even my phone, a Sony Ericsson, is a phone/walkman. So, I can get radio on my cell phone, and I didn’t have to pay a friggin’ dime more for the privilege, unlike other carriers who offer a fancy download plan that, in my opinion, just serves to add yet another monthly bill to your cash outlay.)

Friday’s Music Industry Writer’s Link Roundup

Posted by dockane On June - 13 - 2008

This week’s music business link round-up features a few new blogs and one you’re probably quite familiar with, I’m sure. So without further adieu, here are some of what I thought were great reads from around the blogosphere this week:

Fellow music-crazed writer, Heather McDonald over at musicians.about.com wrote a bevy of posts this week about a number of topics that might be of interest to you, including: the first part in a series about Long Lost Record labels, this year’s In The City music expo/conference/jam in the UK that offers a good excuse to hop on a plane and visit Europe this fall, and an interesting story covering feedback from users of Sonicbids.

If you haven’t heard the recent hubbub about how Jay Z’s wallet just got about 150 million dollars thicker, then you may want to check out a bit last month’s entertainment news surrounding his signing with Live Nation, the largest concert and tour promoter and organizer in the United States.

The deal puts Jay Z in a great place not only financially, but creatively as well, lending him even more control over his career than he may have had as president of Def Jam records. What readers of the page should note, though, is that Live Nation is absolutely not (at least at this time) a record company.

EMI the next to go?

Posted by Doc Kane On February - 20 - 2007

Last week an article in the Financial Times covered the financial nightmare EMI is currently going through across the pond in the UK. It seems sluggish record sales in the US by big name artists like Janet Jackson and Robbie Williams have sold poorly here, forcing the company to re-issue a warning note to share holders making them aware of the losses likely to come this quarter.

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It is my mission at musicbusinesspage.com to provide anyone interested in a career in this industry, the inspiration and resources needed to achieve your goals. It ain’t easy, and you’ll face a lot of closed doors along the way. Anyone who has achieved greatness or even a modicum of success in this world faces failure and rejection. . .meeting rejection is the only sure way of knowing you’re trying! Be willing to starve, be willing to work at it, and in the end it will pay off!

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