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6 Tips for Getting an Internship in the Music Business

Are you looking for an internship? The music business is one of the toughest industries to break into. Companies are always looking for fresh talent and are willing to hire from any field, so it’s important that you do your research before applying. 

We’re here to help. We have the inside scoop on how to get your foot in the door and what it takes to succeed in this competitive industry. Whether you’re an aspiring artist, producer, or just want a job at a record label, 

We know that landing an internship is tough but these 6 tips will help you get your foot in the door.

1. Define your own goals of what you are looking for in an internship. 

An internship is a great way to get your foot in the door and can help you gain valuable experience. It’s important that you know what it is exactly you are looking for, so be specific while filling out any applications or sending emails. Doing this will make sure that no time is wasted on interviews with companies not compatible with your needs.

Do you want to learn how a label or studio works?  Maybe you just want some basic experience in the field and are open to any position. Whatever it is, make sure that this information is clearly communicated from the start so that both sides know what they’re getting into.

2. Find the right internship for your interests and skills. 

The music business is a huge field. If you know what you want to do – for example, an artist’s manager or promoter – think about making it easy on yourself and finding internships in that area. You’ll be more prepared when applying if the internship requires certain skills like graphic design or social media marketing; therefore, research beforehand which positions you’re applying for and find out what requirements are necessary.

3. Research the company you’re interested in working at.

Check out their website and social media accounts so you can get an idea of what they’re looking for. Make sure you have something in common with the company before applying. You’ll also need to know what type of internships they offer so you can tailor your resume and cover letter correctly. Once you’re ready, send a tailored email expressing your interest.

Knowing about their history will help during interviews because you can talk more about how passionate you are about them and show some knowledge of their past.

4. Network with people in the industry to get their advice on what you should be doing. 

This is the most important thing you can do. It doesn’t matter how many job postings you find, if you don’t know anyone in the music industry, it’ll be hard to get your foot in the door. So start making connections with people and see what they have to say about jobs that are coming up or current openings at their companies.

Use LinkedIn to network with people in the industry. Many companies use this network to find new talent, so it’s important that you upload your resume and cover letter. 

Go to industry networking events  and talk to people about what they do, and if they know of any openings.

*Tip: Don’t be afraid to ask for help from those in the industry – they are often eager to share their knowledge with someone who is genuinely interested.
** Extra Tip: Be specific in what you are looking for, “I would like an internship as Assistant A&R Manager of Artist Development.” or “I would like an internship as a Label Executive-A&R.”

The music industry thrives on connections and relationships so it’s important that you take the time to build these if you want an internship here. This way, when the company sees your resume come across their desk, they know who you are and will be more likely to call you in for an interview.

5. Follow up on any leads you come across.

It’s not enough just to send an email or make a phone call; be persistent!  

Some music industry professionals will be too busy to respond and others may not have the time, but there are still people who might know someone that can help you.   Be persistent and don’t give up if you’re trying to find someone.

6. Make sure to dress to impress at interviews, but don’t overdo it.  

This is your first impression so it’s important to present yourself well. Dress professionally and make sure you don’t have too much going on, but keep some personality with a touch of ‘flair’. 

Don’t be afraid to wear something that stands out from the rest of the crowd as long as it’s appropriate and fits the company culture. 

Don’t wear a rock star t-shirt to an interview even if is on the company’s roster.

The goal is to look like you belong in that environment, so take heed of their dress code if they have one.

Super Important Bonus Tip: Send a thank-you note.

The people in charge of recruiting for the music industry have a lot on their plate, so it’s important to take time to show your appreciation for their time. Sending a thank you note is an excellent way of following up after the interview and showing that not only are you interested in the company, but also care about taking time to write to them.

It could be as simple as: 

Hi Jane! I hope this email finds you well. Thank-you so much for your time interviewing me for the internship position! I am very interested in this company, and would love to learn more about the role.

I look forward to hearing from you soon. 

Best regards,  (Your name)

These small steps will help prepare yourself for interviews as well as give employers a better impression. With these tips in mind, hopefully you’ll be able to land an internship! 

Do you have tips for those seeking an internship, or have you landed an internship through unique ways? Share with us in the comments below.

Good Luck and Go Get It!