Cool Jobs in the Music Business
Jeffrey Rabhan
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Cool Jobs in the Music Business
Jeffrey Rabhan
In Tune
240 pages
February 2013
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This book from the In Tune Library provides a rough guide for anybody who ever wanted to record a rock band in a studio or write CD reviews or even work on the legal side of the fence. The author talks about the options open to those interested in working in the music industry. There are sections here on

  • Record Labels
  • Music Publishing
  • Distribution
  • Recording and Production
  • Media
  • Education
  • Concerts and Events
  • Entrepreneurial
  • Instruments and Equipment
This is a very rough guide in terms of what you'll really need to do to go after any of the gigs described here, but it does lay out the most basic parameters of the jobs and what might be available. Each section contains an itemized checklist with titles like "Are you ready to..." and "It helps to..."

Under the media section, where it describes what it takes to become a music journalist, there are bullet points that read

Are you ready to...
  • Research potential stories and summarize them in a clear form?
  • Conduct intervies that uncover new information?
  • Understand the audience and tailor the story to their interests?
  • Take direction on a story to make it appropriate for the media outlet in question?
  • Juggle multiple writing prjects and work under tight deadlines?
  • Pitch your story ideas to editors and producers? (Note: A journalist doesn't deal with producers--only musicians).
  • Work on a freelance basis?
  • See a story through necessary revisions?
It helps to...
  • Have the ability to write clearly and concisely.
  • Develop strong research skills.
  • Cultivate a willingness to ask unexpected (and sometimes unwelcome) questions.
  • Have strong time management skills.
  • Be self-motivated and conscious of deadlines.
  • Have the ability to make and maintain contacts, buid relationships and develop a network of sources.
  • *Dedicate time to the disciple to documenting your work and supporting your conclusions.
Most of the ideas here are so simplistic as to be naive, and others could apply to just about anyone looking for any type of gig. The truth is you can read every book on the library shelf about becoming a rock journalist, and it probably won't get you any closer to seeing your byline in a cool music mag. You have to be unbelievably lucky and willing to work your tail off for small paychecks. If you're willing to do that, then you're on the right road. It does also help if your actual writing skills blow everybody away.

You can learn the ropes by reading this book, but you'll have to pull yourself up by any methods that work for you. It's also important to understand that this book is meant primarily for high school and middle school students and young musicians. If your'e starting out in the business and need to know how to make the first step, this could be a valuable resource.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at Steven Rosen, 2013

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