In today’s age of “DIY”, musicians still seem to not actually want to do it themselves.
It is much easier (i.e. takes less effort and thought) for a musician to talk (usually to other musicians sharing a similar situation) about how evil record labels are, or about a local promoter who expected them to bring people to their own show, than it is to do any of the below things that will have a direct impact on their career:
- Register with a PRO (ASCAP, BMI, SESAC, etc.)
- Create a Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube account
- Copyright songs with the Copyright Office
- Learn the basics of Photoshop, even if you’re terrible at everything after the basics
- Read the amazing TuneCore blog
- Watch these helpful videos from Artists House Music
- Understand the difference between booking agents and managers
- Read books about the music industry, even only a few specific chapters
It seems to be, in other industries, very common for those who are honing their craft to be knowledgable of the industry they are aspiring to join.
I mean, do you really think any successful DIY artist didn’t take the time to learn how the music industry works?
Thanks to the internet, there is no excuse for musicians/artists to be absolutely clueless of the industry they are trying so hard to break into.
Musicians, however, almost intrinsically seem to rely on the NEGATIVE stereotype surrounding their profession (i.e. that musicians are lazy, irresponsible, uninformed, etc.) as an excuse to avoid putting in the effort it takes to “Do It Yourself” like they are consistently advocating for.