Jun 4, 2008, 2:19am, gitarrero wrote:hi groovy chick,I don't have a quick and fast answer, but personally I think it goes into the same directions as a question such as "how do I become a successfull record producer".my personal experience: education does help, yes - it simply gives you some important tools. at the same time, it's not absolutely mandatory (at least as a record producer; don't know too much as a rec. exec.) - I think you need to start somewhere. do some internship in record labels, learn how the diffrent fields of this business work, ask questions, be hungry for knowledge and commit yourself to your goal.this may sound unspectacular, but a lot of people I see would "like" to be successfull as composer, producer, bizz-type or whatever BUT they don't act like that. meaning: it seems that their goal isn't important enough for them, some are simply not willing to invest enough time & energy into it. so it comes down to the question: what do you want in life, what is important to YOU? only you can answer this question for yourself.as a starting point you could read some biographies (I think they even can be found at wikipedia) from now successfull managers & record label exec - how was their way?if you have not already the knowledge about the diffrent departements and how they work together of a record label (a&r, product manager, etc) as well as the terms & principles of contracts & business-models (how exactly is a record contract for an artist set up, how do the royalties get calculated, what are "new markets" etc etc), I'd strongly recommend to acquire this knowledge."all you need to know about the music business" by donald passman is a great resource, for example.hope that helps @vicky: ""record" companies are a dying breed"I don't want to fall into some kind of a debate on principles but I disagree. the market is changing - and always was. did you know that when the broadcast radio was invented back in the beginning of the 20th century a lot of record labels of those days closed, simply because they didn't sell enough records anymore?record labels will continue to exist; the market shares are (already have) changing (cds, internet, tv etc) but you will always need some kind of promotional tools - and the money to stand out of the crowd, which an unsigned indie artist usually doesn't have.I don't say that there are not successfull alternative models of exploring cds/music besides record labels. but this doesn't mean that the rec. labels will die. however, the resources from where the money flows changes (as it always has)."it just speaks to the fact that most of these 'record' companies are about big business rather than the fostering of the talent that goes into creating the music."once I've read an interesting statement to that: if a musician says "I don't care about all this business and money, I'm a true artist and just do my music" than s/he might be considered as a "true", "real" artist that has no money but lives only for his/her music.now imagine if a business-type says the same thing on his side, i.e. "I don't care about the music, I just want to make money".et voila: now the business-type is the evil shark who ripp off poor artists.sorry, but this is some black/white thinking I can't follow. it's easy to say that the record labels/exec. are the "evyl guys" and the musicians the "good guys" - yet it's not true. I work with quite a few music business execs together, and I enjoy it. what they want is talent, great working ethics and great music that can be _marketed_. I don't see why this should be bad; I'm happy if they can market my music successfully since this means I earn serious money with what I love doing: music!to quote dan kimpel: "music business is TWO words. may the music always come first". (note: but there's also a business).cheers,martinI think my point was that there are only 3 "major" record labels left and that "records" are not how music is going to be delivered anymore. In addition, I was making a general point that training in music didn't seem to be on the list of 'things to accomplish' in order to be an executive of a music business, and contemplating whether that was a universal view.
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