Excuses Musicians Make
for Not Learning About
the Music Business
by Christopher Knab - Fourfront
Media & Music - August 2011
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I have heard them all... reasons many solo artists and band
members give for not learning about the business they are in... the Music
The Top Three Reasons Are...
1) They can't afford courses, classes, books or workshops.(in truth no musician can afford
NOT to educate themselves about this crazy, ever-changing business)
believe that if they know the right people in the music business, they
won't have to bother with learning how their industry operates, their
contacts will take care of them.(and will they ever!!)
about the music business takes too much time away from creating
their music. (Yes, and more likely unscrupulous businessmen and women
will exploit that very creativity they are so enamored with.)
Now, I may not have heard all the reasons for being ignorant of the inner workings of this business.
sure you have your own reasons for avoiding this issue, but all I am
asking you to do is examine those reasons. Ask questions about how
That would at least be a start!
To paraphrase a well-known saying: "The career you save may be your own!"
Christopher Knab is an independent music business consultant based in Seattle, Washington. He
is available for private consultations on promoting and marketing independent music, and can be reached by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris Knab's new book, 'Music Is Your Business'
is available NOW from the Music Biz Academy bookstore.
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