In today’s music industry, independent musicians play many roles as the founder and CEO of their own music business. They’re the artist, yes. But they’re also their own Manager, Accountant, Publicist, and even Music Publisher (sometimes).
Because of this, musicians need to know the business of music. They need to be more than just “a creative” who hides away in their bedroom making art. That’s just part of it.
Musicians need to know how to wear all of these hats — especially those of us who aren’t yet able to outsource those jobs.
You might make some amazing music, and that’s a great start.
But if you don’t know how to get the word out, no one will hear your songs. If you don’t know how to book a show and organize band practices, you won’t go anywhere as a performing artist. And if you somehow end up making money without these skills but you don’t know how to manage money, you’re doomed.
This is why you need to become familiar with the business side of being a musician.