He gets it. I've read a hundred how-to-make-it-in-the-music-biz books, and this one is today's definitive, comprehensive manual. Today, odds mean nothing and success is not about lucky breaks. We are living in the midst of an industry renaissance, one that has left the record companies desperately struggling to maintain their prominence, as a subculture of dedicated, DIY do-it-yourself musicians have taken over. These days talent is a given and success has to be earned. Almost a decade later, he has become a founding member of the new DIY movement and a self-sustaining musician, all without the help of a major label.
1. How To Make It in the New Music Business
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Products featured are independently selected by our editorial team and we may earn a commission from purchases made from our links; the retailer may also receive certain auditable data for accounting purposes. The music business is one of the most competitive industries out there. For decades, the best a good band could hope for was to tour extensively, praying that a talent scout was at one of their shows or somehow got their demo and actually listened to it and then signed them to a label deal. But to say times have changed is an understatement, as big as the business itself.
Katie Ferrara, who is featured in the book, has been a street performer for many years. I was wrong. His answer was enlightening:. Any way an artist can make a living in a way that brings joy, purpose and satisfaction is respectable.