The Business of Country Music

Lauren Corzine
Understanding the business of country music
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Fulltime Musician

What do you have to do to break into the country music industry? Whether you are experienced or not you should take some steps to break into the industry. Understand that your decision to go into the music business has its challenges but it is even more difficult if you are doing something else like a second job or going to school. By making the decision to focus music one would be able to feel a sense of urgency and commitment consistent with losing a job. By doing music full time, you are now obligated to make something of your career as a musician. Many people are looking to break into the industry, but few people know-how.  Seek a mentor is important to take advice or start out with people who are experts in the industry.  Heading into the country music industry, many musicians will attempt to take advice from anyone willing to give it and that’s not a wise decision, especially from people who are not experts in growing a successful business. Network with people who are familiar with building a business or have achieved a level of success in the industry commensurate to where you want to be. Even if they have achieved a level you seek to surpass.  

Supplement Your Income

For many people working in the music industry, they will choose to have a secure or safe place for income. This may hinder your progress as a musician as this often keeps a person complacent and shackled to their security blanket job. Leaving a job that pays can be a difficult decision, but the decision to leave can help you utilize the most productive time of the day and will allow you to balance your business and family time equally. A good way to supplement your income could be teaching lessons for your instrument. This will allow you to dictate your time more efficiently and give you opportunities to focus your time on your music when you have the best chances for creativity.  

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Is a Music Degree Necessary?

Many musicians will go to school to get a music degree. This could be difficult while building a career in music. If you are going to school for business, then this may be more beneficial for you to build a business. Degrees in music will help in composition and prepare you to play your instrument more efficiently, but the degree will do very little for you for landing record deals or gigs. It is important for a musician to seek out an experienced musician. Someone who has already tied the knots greased the wheels and built their business. If you can find someone willing to take you under their wing, it would be a good opportunity to learn something very quickly from someone who has already built their business.  

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Using Social Media to Promote

Social media is an important part of building your business. Just like most entrepreneurs building a business, building a music business is exactly the same. Using your gigs and scheduling them regularly is an important way to gain followers and keep them apprised of your scheduled gigs. For many people starting out, you will find that you get a lot of support and people will push you to do better. They will support you by going to your gigs and spreading the word. Try and avoid the guesswork of the music industry you are entering by doing your research. Figure out the politics, cost, entrant threats and educate yourself on how the business works. This will improve your chances of success and avoid any pitfalls before they become mistakes you cannot come back from. 

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Seek a Mentor

Many musicians will go to school to get a music degree. This could be difficult while building a career in music. If you are going to school for business, then this may be more beneficial for you to build a business. Degrees in music will help in composition and prepare you to play your instrument more efficiently, but the degree will do very little for you for landing record deals or gigs. It is important for a musician to seek out an experienced musician. Someone who has already tied the knots greased the wheels and built their business. If you can find someone willing to take you under their wing, it would be a good opportunity to learn something very quickly from someone who has already built their business.  

Lauren Corzine Country Music Star
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2 Comments

  1. God is your best promoter and will guide you. Wish you the best of luck with your talent and music. You will come on top sooner than you think. Prayer’s and energy vibes your way. Your parents will give you the best advice.

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