The music industry itself sells recordings, performances and compositions of music. This industry is not the easiest market to get into, but it isn’t necessarily considered the hardest either. There are a number of music industry jobs available to those seeking a career within the music industry including but not limited to:Musicians – The people who composes and/or performs the music.Music Publishers/Producers – Also known as record labels, this is where you would go to get a record deal. Music producers are a group of professionals who create and sell composed and recorded music.Booking Agents – The booking agent is the individual that books (schedules), organizes and presents music performances live.Business Managers/Talent Mangers – These are the ones that assist in the musician’s career – helping them along the way.Ultimately, there are four major corporate music labels that dominate in the recorded music business – Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group, EMI and Warner Music Group. These four major recording labels all have several smaller organizations and labels working beneath them throughout the world in diverse markets.The music industry is a tough industry to break into, but once you’ve got your feet wet, it becomes less overwhelming and less complicated. Remember that this industry is all about who you know. Here are a few things that you should keep in mind when trying to break into the music industry.Be Professional – While it is an obvious choice, being professional is necessary and is often overlooked by many.Show That You Want to Work – The music industry isn’t just about non-stop partying and meeting other musicians. The music industry is full of hard work and requires a ton of motivation and dedication. Without this, you will fail.Get Everything in Writing – If you are offered anything at all, regardless of how little it is, get it in writing. Without some type of signed agreement, you virtually have nothing. It’s even a good idea if there isn’t any money involved.Ask for What You Want – Do you want an intern at Sony Music Entertainment? Maybe you want to work with a particular producer or maybe you want to open for your favorite band? You have to ask. No one can read minds regardless of how bad we want to. Ask – sometimes the answer will be no, but when you least expect it, you may just receive a yes!
Pinoy performers spend much of their time in crafting pieces of songs that will truly inspire their fellow men and enrich the Philippine music library. Their exceptional talents are Filipinos’ pride. Music is their lifeline, so they must be rewarded for the works of art that they make. You can absolutely do the right thing and take these steps to further uplift the Philippine music industry.Go for the original. Piracy is an alarming illegal practice in the Philippines. As consumers, the best thing that we could do is to give our sincerest support through buying original CDs and music video recordings of local artists. Nowadays, the web has put more pressure on the music industry since people can easily access songs by means of downloading and file sharing. Illicit practice of these activities threatens the thriving music industry. Despite the insistent campaign against piracy by the government, it would never be a resounding success unless we are going to support it wholeheartedly. It’s our choice to make a change.Practice music loyalty. Concerts, mall shows, international tours, show guestings and any other forms of public exposures are among the means of music artists to earn a living. In that case, what we can do is to support these sustaining activities in order to keep the industry on fire. Musical programs and other entertainment shows should be given viewing significance. In-house radio stations that play local songs more often than foreign ones are much commendable to listen to. Aside from fulfilling your musical desires, you can also feel a hearty sense of pride.Maximize your connection. The boom of the internet greatly contributes to sudden downturn in the music industry. But this digital innovation can have a reverse effect. How? Make use of the internet as a powerful tool to promote and strengthen the campaign against rampant copyright infringement. You can also write something about our local artists or their songs through blogs and social networking sites. Create topics or posts that can draw massive attention or encourage user discussion streams. Whether they criticize or praise, somehow you stand out for something you believe in. Connect and gain advantage on the online scene!Buy licensed products. The bliss of singing is also achieved through various entertainment tools such as videoke and portable karaoke devices. These singing equipments have numerous built-in songs, both foreign and local. Licensed products of this kind really show enormous support for Pinoy music artists as they give royalty fees for their work. Isn’t it more valuable to purchase a licensed product? Not only can you have an utmost singing rendezvous, but you’re also helping the music industry prosper as well.As Filipinos, patronizing and supporting our local talents should be a main concern. Indeed, we are pretty much amazed and become avid fans of foreign singers. Despite this fondness, we should also put our artists on top of the local music scene together with their works of art. Actions, no matter how small it is, could positively go a long way.Let us support the Pinoy music artists! Let us move together to strengthen the Philippine music industry!