Being successful in the music industry requires many skills. You need to be a good musician, have a working familiarity with music technology, be decent with money and financial planning, be able to look for red flags in contracts, be able to come up with at least basic marketing plans, have public speaking skills, and be able to negotiate. This certainly does not cover all of the skills needed, and if you have the money or connections you can hire people to take care of some of these subjects. But in order to truly be in charge of your own career you need to have at least a basic understanding of all of these skills. While there is no substitute for experience, you’re likely to make more than a few mistakes if you just throw yourself out there. Thankfully, there are many (some free) educational resources that can help prepare you for the challenges you’ll meet. Here are 7 of the best educational resources for musicians….