Ari Herstand has become a beacon of hope for the new music industry, consistently offering top notch advice based on his experiences as a DIY artist in a way that’s meant to help others, something I hope to do as well, so immediately his site Ari’s Take resonated with me. Learning about the book he wrote lead me to purchase it, and well…. it blew me away. After reading so many books on music business, (which I’ll list recommended ones at the end of this blog) I started trying to sort out which ideas were even still relevant (some of the books were dated), and then how to apply them to this day and age considering the music industry is completely different than it was 20 years ago, shoot even 10 years ago it’s flipped on it’s head, and in the last 5 it’s made even MORE drastic changes.
Thanks to a request from my friend and fellow entertainer Laryssa Birdseye, I’m writing this blog. I’m not going to waste any time, but about a year and a half ago I was beginning to think making money with music was hopeless, until I realized that treating my music business education the same way I treated my college degree (as something you actually have to read up on and study if you want to see any kind of progress) was when I started changing my perspective for the better about money and the music industry.
These books helped shape my current, much more optimistic perspective, and I’ll likely re-read them at some point in the not too distant future: