Are you ready to take your music abilities from a hobby to a career? You know you’re ready to share your skills with the world, but aren’t quite sure how to go about becoming an independent musician in the music industry. It’s hard to know where to begin when you may only have some small savings but are ready to make a big investment in your future. Here are some handy tips on how to get started in the music industry.
Make A Plan And Don’t Quit Your Day Job
If you’re setting out as an independent musician, you’re essentially going into business for yourself, and any entrepreneur would tell you that this is an investment that will require a financial injection at some point. Be realistic and set achievable initial goals, like how you’ll start promoting your music, or which events you’ll approach for a potential gig. And however tempting it is, do not quit your day job unless you really can afford to after looking at your planning costs, so you have something to fall back on while you’re looking at options.
Set Up A Home Studio
If you’re starting from your own home as a DIY musician, setting up a home studio is an essential first step. This is where your initial cash flow injection might be required, as you’ll need to research and invest in microphones, mixers, and a fairly modern laptop that can accommodate music editing software. If you’ve got a Mac, their incorporated editing software GarageBand might be a good place to start or Audacity, which is also free software you can download online.
Promoting Music For Free
Music promotion is an important part of improving awareness of your brand as an independent musician. YouTube, TikTok, and social media like Facebook is the easiest way to get started (and as your career grows, so may your YouTube sponsorship). SoundCloud promotion or Spotify also allows promotion for free. Keeping your social media updated regularly with your work is the perfect form of self-promotion for the DIY musician. Scheduling social media posts on Hootsuite or Buffer will also help time your promotions for the optimum time, across multiple channels.
Get A Good Mentoring Service
As an independent musician, investing in a music industry service that specializes in mentoring new artists is the perfect way to boost your career. Services like The Famous Company are experts in providing advice and mentorship for flourishing independent musicians, as well as connecting agents and labels looking to meet with talent across the globe. It will also save you critical time in your initial development stages through working with a company that already has the contacts in place.
Take these simple steps to embark on your music career as an independent musician, and watch your brand grow without breaking the bank. You can save money by promoting for free via social media, setting up a home studio and looking for a good mentoring service. Talk to The Famous Company today to find out how we can help you develop your career.