The music industry has been around for centuries. Bach worked for the Church, Mozart composed and performed for royalty, Beethoven and Liszt introduced the idea of concerts for the listening public, Jazz musicians of the last century played for ballroom dances, and of course, the invention of recording opened up new opportunities for musicians to earn a living.
More recently, the adoption of digital technology and the internet have revolutionized the music business. Throughout, musicians have always found a way to keep a roof over their heads and feed themselves and their families.
For the aspiring music careerist, our music industry of the 2020s may seem novel in many ways, but it helps to keep a longer-term perspective. Understanding where we’ve come from will help you to see where we could be headed, and researching your future role in the music industry is no different from researching other career paths.
Like any other profession, finding your niche in the music industry takes a strong commitment to long-term learning and self-improvement. There are no shortcuts.
We usually think of the music industry as the business of composing, producing, performing, and licensing or selling music. As you will see, the music industry is much more than that.