Careers in Culture – Careers in Music and Sound Recording

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Lifelong Learning – Sound Advice

What are you going to do to ensure that you have the necessary practical skills to survive in the fiercely competitive music business? If you're thinking seriously about a career in music and sound recording, you'll need a solid grounding in marketing and promotion, résumé-writing, auditioning, contract negotiation and copyright law. It is equally important to know when to ask for help, such as from your professional association/union. Furthermore, you will need to focus on learning about new technologies as they emerge. How will you get this knowledge? Think about enrolling in a business course or a computer class. Or start to read some of the many industry trade magazines to get as much practical advice as you can.

A Last World on Technology

New technologies are revolutionizing the creation and delivery of music but content is still the key. Songs still have to be written. Melodies and lyrics still have to be sung. Instruments still have to be played. All the sophisticated gear in the world, by itself, does not make any music. The “perfect” recording is made by competent musicians and people who know what settings to use and have the finely-tuned ears to recognize a great take. Technological advances are making things easier, but the emphasis still must remain on the traditional skills of composing, playing and singing, even as the tools change. Learn the technology. Embrace it. But remember, there’s no substitute for talent and hard work.

If all of this information seems overwhelming, don’t be discouraged. Remember that you already have a number of skills – and you may be a great musician, too – so make a plan to learn more whenever the chance presents itself and keep on getting involved in whatever music and sound recording opportunities that you can find.