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The music industry...the great pretender?

Is the music industry really all that it is cracked out to be? In a day of mutliple "specialist" music courses do they really give students the right guidance and a realistic view into how the industry is run? My opinion is no they don't and I am researching for my dissertation and would like opinions on whether it is worth knocking on the industry door or building your own part of the industry. Serious answers only I will have NO problem deleting stupid answers.

Asked By: Stu L - 2/14/2007
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I think whether your aim is to work for an existing industry entity or to build your own part of the industry, whether as an independent record label, PR company, album artwork designer, lawyer, accountant etc. you have to start by gaining some knowledge of how the industry functions and getting practical experience of... More
Answered By: Benjamin J - 2/15/2007
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I think you need to both these days. I have friends who done one of the first courses in the country most couldn't get work in the industry. Most those who went to companies or people in the industry and worked for them in their spare time (for free) are now doing really well.
Answered By: clanz - 2/14/2007
 
It's not just the music industry. For example I studied media, it was very theoretical and taught me nothing that I can use practically. At the end of the day I still have to start at the bottom of the ladder and work my way up... More
Answered By: Mistress_T - 2/14/2007
 
There is a web-site where you can upload demo copies of your music, that has landed people with success - there was a guy who sang some opera music in his flat & he need tours the world. The Scissor Sisters, I believe, progressed simply by word of mouth...
Answered By: jillionsing - 2/14/2007
 
I just have one comment because I am not young or work in the music industry, and that is the music and media industries are very worried because they have lost control of their product and the terms of the market are being dictated by the public (young people in particular) predominantly via downloads etc.
Answered By: Glenn P - 2/14/2007
 
"The Music Industry" is an outdated behemoth that simply refuses to move with the times and uses the RIAA and MPAA like a battering ram. It is almost psychotically incapable of foresight and will die a death at the hands of progress... More
Answered By: Simon D - 2/14/2007
 
The music industry is like any other - it is about making money. It is run by bureaucrats and managers not by musicians and bands. People buy music these days more based upon how young and attractive the performers are rather than how skilled they are.
Answered By: monkeymanelvis - 2/14/2007
 
No
Answered By: Sunflower - 2/14/2007
 
Hello... More
Answered By: tony m - 2/14/2007
 
I agree with the second answer, Mistress, to a point; this is a problem not only with music but throughout all of the pergorming arts... More
Answered By: David - 2/14/2007
 
It's simple you can't learn anything about 'The Biz' from a text book! The only way you learn is by getting out there, getting f****d over, getting let down, getting built up, getting knocked down, until you learn for yourself!!
Answered By: gary b - 2/15/2007
 
The music industy is built on a series of fame discourses which sub promise happiness and self actualisation when infact, the 20% of society that determines these discourses are the powerful contenders that create such discourses for their own desired outcomes, by creating a VAST conformation to mainstream music, they... More
Answered By: Roxy A is really cool - 2/19/2007
 
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