ello and welcome to my new musical mini-series, Beating the Music Industry. Dani's Music Box took a look at the music industry in relation to myself and how it affected me on both a personal and emotional level.
Beating the Music Industry, however, will be looking more closely at the industry as a whole. Helping me to convey this information through these blogs, I'll be using my bible, otherwise known as, The Unsigned Guide.
The Unsigned Guide, is a guide to help people get into the music industry. It was published from 2003 until 2012, then the following year the publication was exclusively online and was subscription only. I'll be referring to the 2008/2009 UK Edition Three.
So despite this being out of date, the information is applicable today. Obviously there will be some changes, but in this instance don't refer to this blog as factual but as a point of reference that will essentially direct you to the right information. Also this book isn't incorrect or irrelevant, but it would need updating as the industry has changed a lot in the last 10 years and you can see that just by reading different sections.
Before each section is a foreword which talks about information releveant to that section. Also included within the foreword is need-to-know information included specifically for the guide from industry organisations including International Federation of the Phonographic Institute (IFPI), Musicians' Union, BPI and MCPS-PRS Alliance.
Each of the organisations then give a brief overview of what to expect with the music industry. The good thing about this is that they all talk about the same thing, while taking a different approach each time, thus making the information feel fresh, new and not so convoluted, which tends to happen when talking about contracts and the legal side of things.
This leads me nicely onto the fact that this guide, although it's title alludes to being independent, gives you information throughout and advice and help, for whatever route you choose to take, whether that be with a major label, an independent label or whether you choose to take control over your entire career. In the event you choose the latter route, you'll need to have a good business head on you, or entrust someone like an accountant to be you manager if maths is not your strong point, like mine.
This is it for the introduction, the first section that I'll be looking at will be 'Record Companies'. Even this section has changed dramatically over the last 10 years, with the inclusion of more labels emerging and other major labels merging and buying out smaller independent labels. Remember, this industry takes time, effort, patience and money above all else. This isn't the industry for you if these qualities don't appeal.
Until next time, stay tuned and keep rocking!