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….
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Conferences can be a great resource. Panels are often filled with some of the best in the industry and can help you learn about aspects of your industry that you may not have much experience in yourself. They almost always have mixers designed to help you meet other movers and shakers in your industry and help you expand your contacts. You can also often book one on one meetings with experts who can help you advance your career. Unfortunately, however, conferences are also often obscenely expensive. On top of the cost of passes, which often cost over $1,000 at the bigger conferences, there is also the cost of food, lodging, transportation, and supplies.
Luckily there are ways to help mitigate these costs. Even as a broke college student I was able to attend conferences by following these tips….