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How to land your perfect job in the music industry

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So you are interested in a career in the music industry? While it’s great that you are focused and have an idea of where you are going, the music industry can be tough to get into. But there are some things that you can do to stand out from all of the other applicants. Read on to find out what they are.

Never stop learning

As an area of learning, music is never ending. Not only are there many different instruments and styles of music to learn about, but there is also musical history and musical technology to familiarize yourself with as well.

It can all seem a bit overwhelming, to begin with, but most people pick out a route by following the type of music that they are most interested in playing or listening to.

For example, many guitar players choose to focus on jazz or rock, while some violinists may go down a more classical route. Of course, you will also find people that bridge these gaps all the time as well.


The best thing you can do for your musical career is never think that you are so good that you can stop learning. There is always something that you can get better at or tweak to make what you are doing more successful.

For example, you may have a great ear, but you could do with some practice at reading sheet music? Or your timing may be excellent, but you do with getting in some more practice on your chosen instrument?

Luckily there are plenty of ways you can do this. Rent a practice room and hone your craft. Listen to other artists that you admire to see how they do things. You can even get music games like virtual drums so you can practice when you are on the move. But whatever you do, just don’t stop learning and polishing your craft.

Get some experience

Like most careers with a practical element getting a job in the field in music can very much depend on your previous work experience. Of course, it’s catch 22 situations, because it can be hard to get any industry experience when you are studying, but then you can’t go on to get a job without it.

That is why it is best to commit to doing several real life projects or internships during your training. Then you can show that you have the real world skills in the studio or at the mixing desk to be regarded as a professional in your field.

Don’t let your ego get in the way

Big egos seem to come with the territory in the music biz, but remember you don’t have to be a star performer to work in the music industry. There are plenty of other position for talented people.

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You can be a sound technician or a talent scout. Or, if you want to play or sing consider offering your services as a session musician or backing track vocalist. Remember working in the music industry is not all about being the frontman, it takes a whole team of people to produce tracks and manage careers!

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