One of the most important, but most overlooked factors in deciding on a college is the school’s location. Sure, most students consider things like how close the school is to their hometown, whether it’s urban or rural, and what the campus is like.
For aspiring music industry professionals, however, it’s important to be in a location where you’ll have access to hands-on opportunities at record labels, music venues, etc. In the United States, the music industry is largely located in New York and Los Angeles, with Chicago and Nashville also serving as important hubs.
You want to be in a city with prevalent opportunities to secure internships, part-time jobs, networking connections, and eventually—upon graduation—an entry-level position where you’ll get yourself on the road to your music industry dream job. Of course, it’s possible to find awesome labels, recording studios and concert halls in small to mid-sized cities, and if you want to stay in your hometown, you can always build your own career there.
But it’s even more competitive in cities without as many opportunities, and if there isn’t as much of a music industry network where you live, it can be a challenge to say, start your own world music venue in a city without much of a world music scene.