the-music-business

anonymous asked:

What did you do for GCSE? And college (if you went to college or 6th form) ?

GCSE I did French, German, Music and History weird mix I know would not recommend two languages it was hell I mixed them up lots. Then for sixth form I took Physics, Maths, Tudor History and Music Technology. Then dropped physics for the 2nd year as ya do. Then university I am doing Music Business so try work out how the hell I got to that from those subjects

hotcocoaandwarmblankets  asked:

Hi, I just found your blog today and I'm genuinely happy that at least someone in this fandom has their head in the right place... Most people don't understand that 99,999% of what goes on is buisness related... By the way, did you study law or anything? You seem to know a lot of what is going on and, not related to anything else, do you have a twitter account, if so I would like to follow you, I am way more active on there and I would appreciate to see you react to things as they happen

hey thanks my friend - it’s always nice to hear some legit encouragement. i didn’t study law lol i’m sure a lawyer or industry insider would laugh at some of my inaccuracies. But i’m genuinely really interested in the music business - like the whole way it functions and the injustices of it. i’d already read a few things before, but when the ‘literal slaves’ thing came out it really encouraged me to go and educate myself more and also help others to understand. A lot of my info comes from reading different articles and also the most a really good book i found on the basics of the music industry - ‘All you need to know about the music business’ - its in my resources section if you want to look it up. it’s really great. E.g. i read a section in there about loan-out corporations and because i read that i was able to tell people what this Lauren Jauregui Music inc thing is all about. it’s so satisfying when you can apply stuff you’ve read to real life situations. I have twitter but i don’t realy use it to tweet things - but always feel free to chat on tumblr if you like. Tumblr is much nicer lol

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Musical doodles ~
This week’s classes got me productive !

Ultimate Sugar Baby Playlist

I made a playlist dedicated to all the motivated money makers. Break hearts and swipe cards. Listen to it here.

Partition - Beyonce

Lookin Ass - Nicki Minaj

6 Inch - Beyonce

Hit Em’ Up Style (Oops!) - Blu Cantrell

Big Spender - Theophilus London Feat. Asap Rocky

Whatever You Like - T.I

Melanie Martinez - Toxic (cestladore remix)

Flawless - Beyonce

Gold Digger - Kanye

Independent Woman Part I - Destiny’s Child

Good For You (feat Asap Rocky) - Selena Gomez

Lemme Get That - Rihanna

Bills Bills Bills - Beyonce

Bitch Better Have My Money - Rihanna

Flex (Ooh, ooh, ooh) - Rich Homie Quan

Hard - RIhanna

Glamourous - Fergie

Maneater - Nelly Furtado

Pour Some Sugar On Me - Def Leppard

Needed Me - Rihanna

Make Me Proud - Drake feat. Nicki Minaj

Run Me My Money - Kash Doll

Mascara - Jazmine Sullivan

Pay Me - Miguel

Once Upon a Time I Was a Hoe - Mariahlynn

WashPoppin - Cardi B

What a Girl Likes - Cardi B

Your Money - RJ

Naughty Girl - Beyonce

National Anthem - Lana Del Rey

Get Ya Money - August Alsina

Earned It - The Weeknd

Suga Suga - Baby Bash

Worth It - Fifth Harmony

BO$$ - Fifth Harmony

Childs Play - SZA

Waiting Game - Banks

Ridin’ (Feat Lana Del Rey) - Asap Rocky

My Pony - Ginuwine

Hey Daddy - Usher

Bad Bitches - Cassie

The Fear - Lily Allen

Off To The Races - Lana Del Rey

You Can Be The Boss - Lana Del Rey

so i accidentally typed “breadway” instead of “broadway” and i’m laughing can you imagine:


the bread of mormon

yeastus crust superstar

how to succeed in baking without really frying

jersey buns

showbread

the poundcake of music

we will bake you

all cook up

calamity scone

thoroughly modern muffin

spring abakening

College Majors as lines from Hamilton
  • Psychology: Some men say that I'm intense or I'm insane
  • Chemistry: SHA-BOOM
  • Accounting: We need to handle our financial situation
  • History: But Jesus between all the bleeding and fighting I've been reading and writing
  • Business: Shake hands with him, charm her
  • English: He started retreatin and readin every treatise on the shelf
  • Creative writing: You built me palaces out of paragraphs
  • Criminal justice: Stay out of trouble and you double your choices
  • Pre Med/Nursing: Stay alive
  • Education: Give us a verse, drop some knowledge
  • Theater: Yo yo yo what time is it? SHOW TIME!
  • Music: You changed the melody every time
  • Foreign language: I came from afar just to say "bonsoir!"
  • Political Science: Don't modulate the key then not debate with me
  • Current Affairs: How lucky we are to be alive right now, history is happening
  • Fashion: I think your pants look hot
  • Philosophy: You want a revolution, I want a revelation
  • Theology: I'm searching and scanning for answers in every line

If an artist comes on to your show and performs a song, you pay them (by them I mean their label/publishing/etc I always get confused about the backend stuff). 

You pay them extra if you want to put that performance online afterwards. 

Generally you pay X dollars to have it up for Y months. Then, when Y months is up, you have to pull it from your site (youtube/apps/web/etc, wherever you have paid to put their content on your show’s page, where you are making money).

STEP IN TIME : musicals with tap numbers are infinitely better so here are a few for your ears

// 1. Forget About the Boy - Thoroughly Modern Millie // 2. I Can Do That - A Chorus Line // 3. Cold Feets - The Drowsy Chaperone // 4. Cinderella, Darling - How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying // 5. Bottom’s Gonna Be On Top - Something Rotten! // 6. Good Morning - Singin’ In The Rain // 7. Morning Person (Live) - Shrek The Musical // 8. King Of New York - Newsies // 9. Turn It Off - The Book Of Mormon // 10. We’re In The Money - 42nd Street // 11. You Won’t Succeed On Broadway - Spamalot // 12. Something Rotten!/Make An Omelette - Something Rotten! // 13. Anything Goes - Anything Goes // 14. I Got Rhythm - Crazy For You // 15. Puttin’ On The Ritz - Young Frankenstein // 16. Step In Time (Live) - Mary Poppins // 17. 42nd Street - 42nd Street // 18. Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life - Spamalot // 19. A Musical - Something Rotten! // 20. Expressing Yourself - Billy Elliot // 21. The Speed Test - Thoroughly Modern Millie //

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Melly’s Business Hoe Primer

So you want to learn about the people who do the things! Not every artist is at the level of 1D, so they don’t tend to need a large (and very pricey) entourage of Business Hoes managing their careers. But below you’ll find a primer on the key players managing the Zehns, Loammies, Harrehs, Louehs, and Nolls.

Manager

They are the most critical member of an artist’s team and basically at the top of the Business Hoe team pyramid. Think of the artist as a corporation, and the manager is the COO.  Managers are meant to be the loving and ruthless shield between an artist and Everyone Else™, and they’re the most key of middlemen. A good manager can elevate your career (think Bieber & Scooter Braun), and a bad one can mean a sad and desolate career landscape (not to be a dramatic hoe about it).

What they’re responsible for: Pretty much a little bit of everything. They handle & dictate all major business decisions including:

  • Record deals & publishing deals
  • Putting together the artist’s professional team, including agents, business managers, stylists, beards, and overseeing the day-to-day
  • Helping to coordinate tours by working with agents & promoters and sorting out the route & the tour crew
  • Finding a home in your record label’s ass to make sure the label is doing The Most™ in terms of advertising and marketing your records (First Access Entertainment I’m looking at you)

Publicist

A publicist has roughly two key functions in an artist’s career: taking care of an artist’s image and relationship within the media, and using some thinking boob muscle to generate buzz and press interest for their client. .

What they’re responsible for:

  • Working hand-in-hand with marketing and advertising to create a cohesive promotional campaign for a release. This includes sending out press kits and following up with media outlets for media opportunities and interviews
  • Media training (they’ll teach you the most charming way to tell someone like Dan Wootton to fuck off if they ask you for the 2958953 who your celebrity crush is)
  • Getting their client press coverage
  • Crisis Management (Ex. Maybe you had a moment where you accidentally Snapchatted an erotic nude poetry slam of yourself to your entire contacts list. Your publicist then invents a story that you were the victim of an elaborate European  email hack and ransom extortion plot. See Doyen Global & Simon Oliveira’s handling of the Beckham e-mail goat rodeo for details).

Going back to what we learned about managers, what’s important to note is that publicists can only work with the time they’re given. So, say, if we were to maybe look at the lack of promotional opportunities an artist that was *maybe* named Zayn was given, we’d be mindful that the publicist was likely only given a very limited window of availability for Zayn’s time.  (and high key, Zayn has two of the very best PR teams in the business enlisted).

A&R Rep

Think of an A&R Rep as the wise Yoda of the album making process. On the label side of things, they’re a very busy and important Business Hoe.

What they’re responsible for: An A&R rep is one of the more glam jobs in the music industry. They basically help guide the development of the artist, including the overall marketed image. They’re instrumental in matching an artist with producers, helping an artist find and choose the right songs, and shaping the overall sound of the record.

Social Media Manager

A SMM is the one behind your fave’s user handle and with that power comes great responsibility.  98% of the time that’s not your face behind that user handle, its their social media manager (or an intern).  Pinky swear.

What they’re responsible for:

  • Work with the artist’s team and label to stay on brand and on message across all digital platforms (so Instagram, Twitter, tumblr, Snapchat)
  • Develop and/or maintain a voice for that artist (are they snarky? Handy with the memes? A+ with fan service?)
  • Come up with a strategy to incentivize and engage the artist’s fanbase across the interwebs

Agent

Music agents are a lot different then film agents, but are still pretty influential Business Hoes just the same.

What they’re responsible for: Primarily booking live appearances. They can also be involved in tour sponsorship, commercials, endorsements, and TV specials, but they are nahhht involved in negotiations for songwriting, merch, or records.

Lawyer

The entertainment lawyer is there to protect your shit. They’re preettyy necessary. 

What they’re responsible for:  Dan Wootton saying something particularly defamatory about you (that asshole would)? They can sue for you. Someone unlawfully using your image or your song? They can shut it down. You’ve got a contract to sign? They’ll review to make sure its in your best interest.   Anything to do with your copyrights, your intellectual property, defamation, or a contract, they’ve got your back . 

And those are the basically the key Business Hoes day-to-day working for your fave and a bit about what they do (and don’t do). I have to eat leftover Easter candy now.