Are you in need of helpful information and advice for your music career without having to get a full degree or commit to ongoing lessons? Music mentors can assist with a wide variety of things including songwriting, performance, marketing, recording, and business matters. The world of music can be a very frustrating place on your own, especially if you're a beginner.
People tend to gain more knowledge and experience in any field with the help of another person or group of people. No matter where you are or what genre you create music in, there are ways to get useful tips and information from people who know the ropes. All you have to do is find them!
Below are a few ideas for your music mentor hunt. In some circumstances (say, if don't want to spend money or don't want to leave your house), it's best to think outside of the box.
There's a job for everything you can think of. Many music teachers and music industry professionals spend a good amount of time mentoring and lending helpful advice to their clients and students. A few companies online offer a way for artists worldwide to connect with their team of musical professionals and help accelerate your career.
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Music Mentors Online offers a way to connect via Webinar and receive lessons from musicians and artists that have tons of experience and knowledge. They even offer a free lesson for new users interested in their services. Services include live webinars, 1-on-1 video chat sessions, and purchases of older video material that can be useful to see at any time. Instruments taught include voice, guitar, and piano.
Your Music Mentor offers training and classes online for musicians and artists to benefit from at their own pace in a variety of subjects including songwriting, guitar, and music theory. This site is geared towards young musicians and composers interested in the creative side more than the business side of music. Users can shop for the services they are in need of with Paypal or Amazon.
There are many Youtube channels dedicated to helping artists and musicians further their careers and knowledge in the music world. Music Industry How To provides guidance for independent artists in the industry who need to know how the business works.
Recording Revolution provides tips and tutorials on the recording process for musicians and artists who have a home studio setup. These types of channels have hundreds of videos with content that could last you for months! Find a channel that works well with your vision and style.
If you're a bookworm, you can find a lot of helpful material about the music world in paperback and ebooks found on Amazon. Skip the classes and read some great material in your own time.
Donald Passman wrote a great book called "All You Need to Know About the Music Business" that gives you in-depth knowledge of the music industry in over 500 pages for under 30 bucks.
Ari Herstand also has some awesome content out there by the name of "How To Make It in the New Music Business: Practical Tips on Building a Loyal Following and Making a Living as a Musician" which is currently available for under $15.
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If you'd rather keep up with a regularly updated site or blog, there are plenty of music sites that publish helpful content for unsigned musicians weekly, sometimes daily.
Digital Music News publishes tons of good content that you can consume whenever you'd like, with a focus on digital media and business matters.
Hypebot successfully creates a huge amount of useful content heavily focused on the money side of the industry.
Music Business Worldwide publishes helpful content as well with updates about changes in the industry and labels. We post helpful information to the music-making members of Push Power Promo weekly as well!
Grade schools and universities often offer music mentor programming for youth and young adults. Colleges like Berkley College of Music and Central State Unversity offer mentoring programs to young artists and musicians in need of personal assistance and advice on their musical careers.
The plus side to services offered by schools is that they're usually free since these organizations are dedicated to fostering creativity in the youth community. If you fit the age range, see if you can benefit from a music program in your area.
Classified sites like Craigslist are a great way to find music professionals in your area. Craigslist has musicians sections in their classified site dedicated to finding and giving a wide range of musical services for a long list of popular cities.
Depending on where you live, you can find many music teachers that do mentor sessions, or you could even ask a person offering a similar service if they offer mentoring and advice to other people in the industry.
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