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How to Start a Career in Music

With the technologically influenced world of today, aspiring artists possess more power when launching their careers than artists in the past. Therefore, emerging musicians ought to focus more on promoting their music and themselves. They should not sit around and wait for people to discover their talent. If you believe you can sing and have what is needed to sing professionally, worry no more. The following tips are here to help you reach your dream goal.

Stay Informed

music concertJust like any other industry out there, the music industry is also constantly changing. For you to keep up with it, you need to be updated now and then. Staying in the loop is important to music business executives as well as to artists. To land in a job of product design, licensing, or marketing, you need to look into the industry growth changes. Similarly to any successful artist manager, you need to stay informed on industry trends and tastes, upcoming niche markets, and artists’ changing perceptions.

Embrace Networking

To establish a personal brand and strongly build a career, you need to create and maintain a beneficial relationship. You might have heard time and again that creative alliances and networking are essential. Just like any other industry, the music industry also thrives on it. Now the big question is where to start from.

Step out of the studio or your microphone, and take advantage of one-on-one interactions with colleagues, peers to establish professionals. Industry trade shows, festivals, and conferences give the perfect platform for organic businesses and fun. Although these are not the only networking outlets, social media sites have also made the networking process much easier than before. Create a platform and start connecting with other artists if you are not comfortable with the other media.

Be persistent when building new connections; be it digital or in person. Always keep track of whoever you interact with. As a result, you might benefit from each other if you stay in touch always.

Stay Agile

musician practicingNormally in the music industry, there is no clear roadmap on how to get from point A to point Z. You are not guaranteed on securing gigs that will last forever, cutting the deal right from the start or even the salary you will make. If you are an aspiring artist, you need to accept and acknowledge this as early as now. But your persistent commitment towards success in this business has a huge potential in making a positive impact, which can be satisfying.

Hence, it would be best to learn to be comfortable and agile from one opportunity to another. Sometimes, you may be required to take a non-music lifetime as a career to provide the basic needs for yourself and your family. Like others, your path will also involve continuous learning, investment, and a lot of hustle.

 

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TOP FIVE MUSIC FESTIVALS IN THE UNITED STATES

The United States is all geared up for a new season of music festivals where fans get to enjoy the performances of their favorite artists, both emerging stars and GRAMMY winners, in one fell swoop.

We present here a carefully-composed list of the best live music events across the States in the coming months.

Music Festivals List

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1. WE Fest – Detroit Lakes, Minnesota (August 7-9):

Since 1983, the country music fans have been retreating to the Soo Pass Ranch in the first weekend of August, for the WE Fest.

For a complete Fest experience, you must pitch a tent or park your trailer on the festival grounds. This event is annually attended by over 85,000 people.

The eminent performers who signed up to perform this year include Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, Travis Tritt, Brad Paisley and the Band Perry.

2. Lollapalooza – Chicago (August 1-3):

Since its inception in 1991 by Perry Farrell as his band’s farewell tour, the Lollapalooza remained quite popular till 1997.

After a hiatus, Farrell re-started the event as a weekend destination festival in Grant Park, Chicago. This festival became so popular that it was launched in Chile and Brazil as well, in 2011.

During its two or three day period, the festival hosts over 160,000 music lovers who throng the Chicago city. The lineup of artists due to perform in 2016 includes Eminem, Arctic Monkeys, Skrillex and Lords of Neon.

Overall, more than 100 artists perform on multiple stages.

3. Bonnaroo – Manchester (June 12-15):

If you love savoring great music in the countryside, you can’t miss the Bonnaroo Music Festival held in a 700 acre farm with over 10 stages.

It typically starts on the second Thursday in June and lasts for 4 days. Its main attractions include a diverse array of musical styles including hip hop, classic rock, indie rock, folk, gospel, reggae and electronica.

As of 2015, this festival saw an attendance of over 80,000 people.

4. Electric Daisy Carnival – Las Vegas (June 20-22):

Now in its eighteenth year in Las Vegas, the EDC is an unbelievable audio-visual experience.

With over 180 artists and large scale art-installations, this event hosts live music parties from dusk until dawn. It is also the biggest music festival outside of Europe.

In 2015, it drew an audience of more than 400,000.

Music genres include EDM, drum and bass, dance-punk, techno, trance and more.

5. Essence Music Festival – New Orleans (July 3-6):MUSIC FESTIVALS IN THE UNITED STATES (3)

Dubbed as “the party with a purpose”, this festival was started in 1994.

It is also the largest event celebrating the African-American culture and music in the US.

This year, the artists who’ll perform at this event include Erykah Badu, Lionel Ritchie, the Roots, Jill Scott, Ledisi and Charlie Wilson.

We hope this music festivals 2016 USA list helped you to pick your favorite event.