Everyone always says you learn from experience more than anything else. While that was something I’d always been told, I never truly understood it until this past summer when I spent three months in New York interning for two music business companies.
I found myself extremely humbled by the experience and couldn’t be more grateful for the opportunity. I came up with countless lessons I’ve learned that I’d love to pass along, narrowed down to a “Top 5”:
1. Let Your Work Do The Talking
I discovered that there really is no need to talk about past accomplishments if the work you’re doing can speak for itself. It quickly became obvious that staying focused to create a result you are 100% confident with says much more than telling someone what you can do. Continue reading →
Last week, Sonicbids’ Tess Cychosz blogged about what it takes to succeed as a newbie at the startup that pioneered online booking and empowers the artistic middle class of musicians. This week, Tess sat down for a video interview to discuss why internships are crucial in the changing music industry, intern roles at Sonicbids and how an ideal student succeeds in both environments.
Tess here – I’m the Community Manager at Sonicbids. Sonicbids is the leading matchmaking site for bands and music promoters. Our community includes more than 300,000 bands and 25,000 promoters and licensors from all around the world – and we’re growing every day. The company was founded in 2001 by Panos Panay (a Berklee grad himself!) and continues to focus on its core mission of empowering emerging artists in the worldwide music community.
Ok, prepare for some name dropping. We help bands get on stages for festivals like SXSW and Bonnaroo, get their music played in outlets like MTV and Universal Pictures, and even find sponsorship from cool brands like Diesel, Converse, and GAP. And we don’t just work with the big guys; we provide opportunities with local venues, bloggers and online radio stations, too. Our goal is to help every musician get a gig, and every promoter find new, amazing talent. Continue reading →