10 Fundamental Tips To Kickstart Your Music Career

Fundamental Tips To Kickstart Your Music Career

Are you an aspiring musician ready to launch your music career? At Breaking Creatives Agency, we understand that making a name for yourself in the music industry can be challenging, but with the right knowledge and strategies, you can pave your path to success. In this blog post, we’ll guide you through the essential steps and insights you need to kickstart your music journey in the coming year.

  1. Define Your Unique Sound and Brand

Before you step into the limelight, it’s crucial to define your unique musical style and personal brand. In the industry we call this your UPS, Unique Selling Proposition. It’s the thing that makes you stand out from the competition. The thing that makes someone download your album over someone else and the thing that will get journalists to be intrigued enough to write about. 

Ask yourself what inspires you- it can be other musicians or everyday things like nature, your morning coffee etc. Your music should reflect your individuality and resonate with your target audience. Take the time to experiment, refine your sound, and craft a compelling story that sets you apart from the crowd.

2. Have goals and a plan

Do you have a clear vision for your career’s direction? Understanding your aspirations and having a well-defined path to achieve them is essential. If you’re uncertain, don’t worry; research and seek guidance from experienced individuals. It’s crucial to set goals and create a strategic plan to make the most of your valuable time.

Consider your unique ambitions. You may dream of securing a sync licensing deal for commercials or films, while others aspire to become independent touring artists. You might have a passion for producing tracks or composing film scores. Perhaps you envision signing with a major label, founding your own band or collective, or building a thriving music career on platforms like YouTube. The possibilities in the music industry are diverse and exciting.

3. Treat It Like a Business

Embrace the exciting journey of transforming your passion for music into a thriving business. Musicians that are successful think of their art as a business venture. 

Your music serves as your product, whether it’s in the form of physical copies or digital streams, or merchandise and concert tickets. Regardless of how your product takes shape, it’s crucial to operate with the mindset of a business entity. 

Even if you find the business aspects daunting, it’s crucial to educate yourself and hire a team that can make informed decisions and work on your behalf. 

4. Build Your Online Presence

In the digital age, a strong online presence is non-negotiable. Create and optimize your website and social media profiles. Share your music, engage with your audience, and maintain a consistent online image that reflects your brand.

Presenting yourself in a professional manner will deem you worthy of your target audiences attention. That’s why it’s essential to prioritize high-quality visual elements, including photos, graphics, and videos, to establish a robust online presence.

Breaking Creatives Agency can help you make these informed decisions and connect you to a team that will help you produce quality content to promote your music in the most professional way possible.

5. Network and Collaborate

Building relationships with fellow musicians, producers, and industry professionals can open doors to opportunities. Attend music events, join online communities, and be open to collaborations that can expand your reach and influence.

Another part of building your network is the exposure you get when working with our public relations team. Getting key journalists to read press materials about you is essential for building up your reputation as a serious, professional, and noteworthy artist. You may not get confirmed press coverage the first time around but trust when we say that the exclusive access you gain by hiring a publicist is a worthwhile investment in your future as a successful artist. 

6. Plan Live Performances

Unless you’re content with staying behind the scenes, crafting music solely for other artists or licensing, it’s time to step into the limelight and embrace the power of live performances.

Live performances have become more than just a passion—it’s a vital income source. For emerging artists, it’s also a golden opportunity to turn those who’ve never heard of you into devoted fans and future supporters.

Even if you’re not at the point where venues are paying you to perform, start honing your performance skills. In due time, you’ll want to bring a booking agent into the mix, but you need to show promoters and talent buyers that you’ve got a dedicated following who can’t wait to see you shine on stage.  Live gigs, even if they aren’t a national tour, also give media outlets another reason to be interested in you.

7. Register Your Music and Protect Your Rights

Don’t forget the legal side of the music business. Register your songs with the appropriate copyright organizations to protect your intellectual property. Understanding music royalties, licensing, and contracts is essential for your financial security but you don’t have to hire a lawyer right away.

8. How to distribute your music online

So you’ve already posted your music on Soundcloud and Youtube, Great. You can also get your music into major outlets like Apple Music, Spotify, iTunes, Google Play, Amazon Music and many others, by using a music aggregator.

Popular online music distributors include: 

DistroKid, CDBaby or TuneCore.

Not only do these services help get your music onto selling and streaming platforms without a label but, they also offer services that help with collecting royalties. 

9. Stay Informed and Adapt

The music industry is constantly evolving. Stay informed about industry trends, emerging technologies, and changing consumer preferences. Be ready to adapt your strategies and music to stay relevant.

This means checking in on industry publications like Billboard and genre specific outlets. 

10. Be Patient and Persistent

You know the saying, “Rome wasn’t built in a day,” but neither were The Rolling Stones. Success in the music industry often takes time. Be patient, stay dedicated to your craft, and don’t be discouraged by setbacks. Persistence is key to long-term success.

Starting a music career in 2023 is an exciting journey filled with challenges and opportunities. By following these essential steps and seeking the right support, you’ll be well-equipped to make your mark in the music industry. At Breaking Creatives Agency, we’re here to help you turn your musical dreams into reality. 

Take that first step and illuminate your path to a flourishing music career by reaching out today.

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