Sure, occasionally you'll get that awesome gig that pays a few hundred bucks, but after all the costs of making that night happen (rehearsal space rental, printing flyers, hired musicians, etc.) paying rent might seem about as likely as a Taylor Swift walking in and asking you to open for her on her next tour.
Trouble is, the typical jobs cramp your style. Waiting tables or bartending means you'll be scheduled during prime gig times since that's also when people go out to eat or drink. A full time assistant job at a label where you wanna make connections results in 12 hour work days and a Blackberry buzzing on weekends.
And if you don't know how to do anything but play your instrument, how can you go about getting a job in the first place? Does lugging gear from the van to the stage count as experience? How about setting up rehearsal schedules for a 7-piece ska band?
Here at New Music Empire, we want to help you figure out how to handle the things other managers don't touch on, so we're starting a weekly series with some back-to-the-basics concepts featuring a new topic every month!
There are a lot of articles online about how to get your music to pay your bills, and believe us, we want to get you there. But if that's still a distant dream, we want to help ease the process and get you back to focusing on your music career. In our next installments, we'll be talking about how to make ends meet as an independent artist who hasn't quite made it big yet.
How To Get A Job (As a Musician)
Those Who CAN Teach!
Work from Phone - Apps to Get You On the Clock
The Creative's Resume
It's Only Temporary