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Steve Moore, B.A., J.D. Author Steve has been in the music business for over 30 years! He's worked as a professional musician, producer, and has been involved in almost every aspect of the music business. He's also the author of "The Truth about the Music Business"


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The Value of Getting a Degree for the Music Business (No matter what aspect)

Everyone – or seemingly almost everyone wants to be in the MUSIC BUSINESS – and I can understand that – as who doesn’t like music?  But the MUSIC BUSINESS is not for the faint of heart –

“The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs. There’s also a negative side.”   (Hunter S. Thompson)

Just because you’ve gotten a degree in ANY aspect of the music business – does not even come close to guaranteeing you a career in the Music Industry – in fact,  your chances are SLIM at BEST! 

It never ceases to amaze me that there are so many schools that are more than happy to take your money – to give you a “Certificate’ – to hang on your wall – and that’s pretty much all you’ll get out of it in the long term.  Sure there will be a lucky few that will get a job – but very few right out of school – and even fewer that will actually be able to maintain a decent career! 

As PT BARNUM once said – “There’s a Sucker Born Every day!”

I’m not saying don’t chase your dreams – but you may want to do some SERIOUS RESEARCH about the number of applicants vs. the number of jobs being handed out – and it won’t take long to figure out that unless you come up with a NEW WAY to monetize the music business – you’re stuck with what we’ve got and there’s JUST NOT ENOUGH MONEY or BUSINESS to go around! 

You might want to think about getting into Video Games as those sales FAR OUT SHADOW all forms of entertainment COMBINED!

What can I say – it’s the TRUTH as I see it!

Best of luck in your future endeavors…

All the best…as always,

Steve Moore, B.A., J.D., Author

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