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7 Ways To Get Into The Music Industry DEB MCKOY Have you ever found yourself watching your favourite artist on stage and dreamt of being there yourself? Maybe you would prefer being behind the scenes, promoting an artist and making them the next big thing? It’s not as ridiculous as it sounds – here, industry consultant Deb McKoy reveals her top tips for getting into the music business.

Decide on your role Take a close look at your likes and dislikes. What have you always liked and been good at? How would your friends describe you? Your strengths and passions will lead you in a definite direction. Does your heart take you more in the direction of being a music lawyer, A&R, manager, promoter or another role? Picture yourself in that role for the next 20 years. Does that picture excite you?

Find a mentor A mentor is someone with more knowledge than you in a specialised area. You can meet with a mentor on a regular basis to discuss your aims and any challenges you are facing. A mentor can also be someone you have never met but whose blueprint you follow from books, articles and interviews. Depending on the role you choose you may need a formal qualification. If this is the case, gain expertise from your lecturers. Ask them for help in building a road map for your career. Get started immediately. Create your position before you graduate!

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