The music industry has changed radically in the last few decades. The internet revolution has transformed the way we create and consume music. Being a musician is not glamorous and rosy all the time. Behind the curtain, all musicians have struggles they do not show out to the world. The music industry is absolutely a pretty exciting place for musicians, thanks to the new technology, the old barriers have vanished and the playing field that was once
one-sided is now more level than ever before. But of course while the changes solves problems, it can also create new ones and this certainly holds true to todays music industry. Below are few of the biggest barriers musicians complain about today and some ways that might help them overcome these barriers.
FINDING A TEAM.
It is absolutely a beautiful thing that musicians can earn a viable living by making music, without the need of a record label now a days. However, remember that it doesn’t make it any easier or the work that labels do out of
date. It just simply means, you get to pick persons you want to work for you by yourself. With this new found freedom there are two barriers up-and coming musicians are running into. One is how to attract the attention of the team members you want when you’re unknown. Secondly is paying these people and for other team members you’ve to deal with the condition of giving them a cut of your earnings. To bring down these barriers, musicians are giving opportunities to their friends to join in building their own music business careers by taking on some of the work and the other option is to go completely DIY (Do it yourself).
USE OF THE INTERNET.
Social media is been seen as the idea of saving the broke musicians from the marketing efforts of major labels. A big deal for musicians is social media and a well managed media account can launch music careers. The twist side
connecting with fans on the social media space is the concept of becoming internet famous, which is basically building up followers and having people talk about you but you’re not making any income from your music. Having
600,000 Facebook, Instagram, twitter, TikTok fans does not mean that all the 600,000 will buy your tickets or will all turn up for your show. It is vital to understand that people do not live by the internet alone and managing social
media promotion is about more than building to get a lot of followers.
Make inquiries as to how musicians make their money these days and you will be told that it’s by performing shows or ask anyone who has probably never paid for recorded music how they support the musicians they love and they’ll say that it’s by going to shows. live music is how musicians are able to make money. But however, there’s one barrier: playing live costs musicians a lot of money and to really build an audience, an artist has to go out on the road.one way in the past that musicians could pay the cost of touring was by selling recorded music, but this avenue is all gone, below are few ways musicians can bring down this barrier:
Day jobs and
Money earned at the show.
In conclusion, the music industry just as any other industries has it’s ups and downs but knowing how to bring down some of this barriers is important and I hope this article enlightens