What comes to mind when you think of the music industry?
Behind the lucrativeness of it all, it has been tainted with meddling music managers, artists having zero rights to their music and finally topped off with the odd 24 album deal contract. These factors and more, often dissuade individuals who have a genuine interest in music and endeavour to pursue a musical career. Recording and publishing company BMG, who pride themselves on being ‘a new kind of music company, for a new world’, gave excellent advice and assurance to anyone interested in working within the music field, sharing their expertise through a webinar with BYP Network's members.
You do not need to have a plethora of musical knowledge to work in the music industry.
This common misconception has served as an obstacle to many individuals who believe they do not know enough about music or are not musically inclined. In such a vast field, or any industry for that matter, you can never truly understand it all. What will place you at an advantage is genuine passion and the willingness to learn. Hard work is imperative.
The creative industry as a whole can easily depict the illustration of crabs in a bucket, which is why it was refreshing when Jos, senior A&R manager, mentioned that there is space for everyone. From scouting singers and songwriters, composing original pieces of music for advertising companies, to working on metadata and SEO for musical content - there are a plethora of roles out there for everyone if you look hard enough.
So how do you find the right space for you?
A key moment in the session focused on transferable skills. Members of the panel spoke about skills that they had acquired over the past years that now serve for the betterment of BMG. Panellist Rachel Menzies, mentioned her entrance into the music industry started off with her love for playing the violin, which now serves as an advantage when working with clients. For example if a client wants to compose an original piece of music for an upcoming marketing piece, Rachel’s understanding of melodies and musical elements alike, serve to make the creative process easier. No experience is wasted and you can make anything work to your advantage if you decide to.
Hopefully, this piece has inspired you to take that step if you have been deliberating on whether you should enter the music industry.
For further advice and more detailed insight from the BMG panellists, you can watch the entire webinar here.