When first considering entering the music business it’s important to stop and think exactly what the term music business actually means. What does the music business do? The broad answer to that question is that it serves to enable and support the creation of musical products, such as records, videos and concerts and published musical works, for the commercial exploitation of the copyrights embodied in those products. The music business is, essentially, a rights business.
It’s a somewhat cold and clinical definition, but does its job in that it serves to shatter the commonly held impression of the music business as a bunch of wacky men and women who convene on an informal basis to create music from the midst of a bohemian, good-time fog. That is not what the music business is. It is lawyers, accountants, administrators, secretaries, typists, computer programmers, agents, managers, promoters, technicians, producers, graphic designers, songwriters, song publishers, copyright agencies, musicians, singers, dancers, stage hands, drivers, box-office staff, disc jockeys, video producers and directors. It is huge, worth hundreds of millions of dollars a year, and is, in the main, not staffed by long-haired funsters who stay in bed until midday and party until the small hours, day-in and day-out.
Most of the people in the music business start work at the start of the day and go home at the end of the day. Many of them wear suits; some even wear ties. Many of them are over 40 years old and some much older! Most of them couldn’t play a