For those considering a career in the Music Industry...

Below you will find an informative link to the 2012 Berklee Music Careers in Dollars and Cents report.  This is a decent generalization of the amounts of money one can expect working in the business...  Being that Berklee is so performance-oriented, I feel that they spend a ton of energy on the performing aspects of the industry and glance over the business side of things.  Additionally, they leave out the ancillary music services that are integral to our business... It'd be great to see the PRO's, unions, placement companies, and other tertiary music services included... Without further adieau... (kickass web-app of the week) is a super-cool database of current pop/hip-hop/electronic hits and the samples used within them.  The page is incredibly simple although the main page is a bit of a vomit of information...  It isnt what I would call a clean interface, but it is a really neat site for the musically curious.  This all via the web, or their IOS apps.  Not only does it tell you what your favorite pop-star sampled, but it tells you when in the song the sample occurs and also include a youtube link to the music that was sampled...  It is pretty freakin sweet.

Aside from the geekery of this, it also could drive sales of both the original tune sampled and the newer sample-filled work via the pass-thru links to itunes and Amazon... really the simplicity of it is pretty attractive to me and like I said, other music geeks will agree that this is a fun toy err.... I mean tool.  Additionally, it won the EMI innovation Challenge this week... so apparently, I'm not the only person who thinks it is cool.


"I'm a Music Industry CEO. And This Is Why I Tossed Your Resume Into the Trash..."

The Following is from  I am simul-posting it here for two reasons... 1.  It's a NASHVILLE music distribution position... and 2. His pet peeves with resumes are the same as my pet peeves with resumes. If you're going for the gig folks... know what the gig is and do your research!

"I'm a Music Industry CEO. And This Is Why I Tossed Your Resume Into the Trash...

The following comes from Lee Parsons, cofounder and CEO of digital distributor Ditto Music.  He recently posted this position online, and has now compiled a list of do's and don'ts for landing an interview (and ultimately, a job).
"I am CEO of Ditto Music, a digital distribution company. Recently we advertised for a customer services / marketing rep at our Nashville office...
I had to work through hundreds of applications so the smallest mistake was enough to make me hit that delete button, and there were some shockers.  Here are my top 20 tips on keeping your Resume out of the recycle bin and landing that interview.
1. Do be Specific.
If you want to work in music because you think it will be “fun” then you should speak to my CTO who can spend 10 hours a day checking spreadsheets. There are many areas of the industry, decide which one you want to work in and save yourself some time.
2. Don't tell me 'I have wanted to work in music since first picking up a guitar.'
Or 'music is my passion.' This makes no sense. Do you want to be a musician or do you want to work in the music industry?
3. Do as much research as possible.
Mike in our support team found out what bands his interviewer was into and was able to find common ground instantly.
4. Don't swear.
The word 'A-hole' counts as swearing. If you use this term then you will sound like an A hole.
5. Do include a great title in your email application.
A lot of people forget or just put 'application.' Take this opportunity to spark our interest.
6. Don't name your file 'My CV'
By the time I have 30 CVs on my desktop named this I have no chance of knowing who is who. Put your name in the file name. Lee Parsons.CV would be fine.
7. Do use PDF files over word files.
These are guaranteed to open on all systems.
8. Don't think that you can avoid sending a CV by sending a photo.
Yes you are very attractive, but that is not going to be enough to get you an interview. I could write another blog on how bad this application was.
9. Do research our competitors.
We want to know you understand the market.
10. Don't tell me that you need a 9-5 while you work on your music career.
11. Do mention that you love my company.
Even if you don't.
12. Don't, under any circumstances, tell me that you don’t understand what we do but are willing to learn.
It takes 30 seconds to read up on our company.
13. Do keep up-to-date with music industry related blogs, as well as writing your own.
14. Don't do Liam Neeson impressions via email.
This happened.
15. Do learn about SEO/social media, etc.
Whether you are going for a job as a label rep or a care salesman, a solid understand of marketing will show that you are here to build your clients business.
16. Don't write and send your cover letter via your iPhone.
I want to think you made the effort to sit down at your computer and write it out. This tells me you probably wrote this on the bus to work this morning.
17. Do keep your Twitter updated.
It's one of the first things I can check to get an insight into who you are.
18. Don't try and be too edgy (swearing / Liam Neeson impressions).
Some things don't translate well over email so be careful.
19. Do mention your experience.
If you don't have any then seek out internships.  An internship at a major label will mostly involve you making tea.  Pick an exciting startup or label and get as involved as much as possible.
20. Don't just look online for jobs.
Go to all networking events in your region. 80% of my friends who own companies ended up employing someone they were recommended through someone else.
My job application is still open. If you think you have what it takes and have read this thoroughly, we'd love to hear from you.
- Lee"
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