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How to Get a Job in the Music Industry: 3rd Edition

by Keith Hatschek, Breanne Beseda
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Live your dream of a life in music.

If you dream about a career in the music industry, this book is for you. These practical strategies will help you to prepare for and land your dream job in the music business. Thousands of readers have used this book to educate and empower themselves and jumpstart successful music industry careers. You can, too!

Inside, you’ll find:

  • Details on booming job prospects in digital music distribution and music licensing
  • Interviews with nine music industry professionals under 35 who discuss how they got their starts, plus what skills today’s leading job candidates must possess
  • A resource directory of industry related job websites as well as U.S. and Canadian trade associations
  • Step-by-step guidance for developing a first rate resume and acing your interviews
  • Workshops to help you assess and develop your own personalized career tool kit
  • Strategies for industry networking, finding a mentor, and how to effectively use social media

Keith Hatschek directs the Music Management Program at University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA. He has two decades experience as a music business career coach having advised hundreds of newcomers now working in the industry.

Breanne Beseda helps direct Career Services for the Eberhardt School of Business at University of the Pacific. She has taught courses and led projects that have helped advance the careers of Arts & Entertainment Management program graduates.

“If I was looking to get a start in the industry, the first thing I would do is buy this book. It’s by far the best I’ve read on how to get started.” —Al Schmitt, 17-time Grammy-winning recording engineer (Steely Dan, Ray Charles, Diana Krall)

“A dose of inspiration for anyone wishing to enter the business. Easily the most compelling and comprehensive book on the subject.” —Paul Verna, Senior Analyst, eMarketer, co-author of The Encyclopedia of Record Producers

“How to Get a Job in the Music Industry is a lively and engaging how-to primer for those seeking a career in music.” —Christopher Walsh, Billboard Magazine

“A hands-on, how-to book that will work for anyone wanting to break into the music industry. I recommend this book to all my students.” —Christian L. Haseleu, Professor Emeritus and Former Chair, Recording Industry Department, Middle Tennessee State University

“By far the best book on how to prepare for and launch a career in the music industry. It is an absolute must-have for all my students.” —Serona Elton, Associate Professor and Director, Music Business and Entertainment Industries Program, University of Miami

“An indispensable resource for anyone looking not only to start a career in the music industry, but also to continue to grow and advance in that career. Grab this book, roll up your sleeves, and get your career in the music industry started now!” —Nick Phillips, Vice President, Catalog Development/A and R at Concord Music Group, Producer of GRAMMY®- nominated recordings

“Before you even think of trying to get a job in the music industry, read this book. It will save you money, it will save you headaches, and it will give you oodles of inspiration on how to make your dream job come true. Keith Hatschek’s exhaustive work and research is a keeper.” —Tish Ciravolo, President/Founder, Daisy Rock Girl Guitars

“This book helped me land a job at a San Francisco booking agency—less than a week out of college!” —Allison Gomer, Agent Assistant, Rosebud Agency

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