As any professional musician will tell you, a career in music is more than just artistry and performance; the business side of music is a crucial component of a successful career in the arts.
The business side of things may include managing gig contracts, paying estimated taxes, sending studio invoices, setting rates, sending emails, professional networking, and attending conferences.
Many professional musicians do more than one thing - performing, teaching, gigging, writing, etc. You are your own small business and tending to the things that keep your business running is an important part of building a successful career. You don't need a degree in business to manage everything I outlined above, but you should take steps to be informed.
There are lots of helpful books, articles, and blogs out there to help get you started. Here are a few of my recent favorites:
How to diversify your music career.
110 resources for creative freelancers and small business owners.
What should you charge as a freelancer? Here's how to set and justify your rates.
5 steps to seriously improve your networking skills.
A list of plugins that let you schedule emails to send later.
How to negotiate like a pro.
50 quotes on leadership every entrepreneur should follow.
How to master the fine art of following up.
12 signs you have an entrepreneurial mindset.
How to love the art of selling your creative work.
50 signs you might be an entrepreneur.
How to win friends and influence people (while sharing social content).
5 personal finance tips every freelancer should know.
Working with clients? Here's why you should put everything in writing.
5 helpful tips for first-time freelancers:
How to craft the perfect elevator pitch.
The 4 key strengths of a successful business.
5 biggest profit secrets for creative entrepreneurs.
What are your favorite business resources? Share in the comments below!