Who wants to be a music promoter (because I don't)?
June 9, 2010 3:01 PM Subscribe
My mom is a singer/songwriter. She asked for some help with some online-marketing, website-redesign etc type ideas, and I said "sure"! She's now got me hooked up with a whole list of "tasks" that are really beyond my skillset, and interests, and has set it up for me as a 20-hr per week job (since I'm only working part-time). I'm sure there are people who'd love to do this as an internship (she's even willing to pay!), who are interested in music/music promotion -- what are they called, how can I find them, and how do I convince my mom that she'd be better-served hiring them?
posted by thebazilist to Media & Arts (8 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Some of things she wants me to do include maintaining her social-media presences, discovering non-traditional performance venues, and getting her CD reviewed in music publications.
I'm really not interested in music-promotion and have no background in the music industry at all. I tried to explain to my mother that although I'm certainly perfectly capable of performing these tasks, she might be better off finding someone with experience/interest/contacts in the field (even someone who goes to lots of small, live performances -- I don't). She brushed it off as modesty, and since I couldn't explain the position/skills/career that would be more suited to this work, she was sure that there wasn't any.
I'd like to have an alternative solution for her so that it doesn't just sound like "Hmm, changed my mind, don't feel like doing this -- Good luck!" Would this not be a good internship/freelance gig for some plucky, salesy, live-music-oriented person? She's in Los Angeles, I'm in New York, so it would have been telecommuting anyway. Is this a profession or a job title or something? Music promoter? Online music-marketing?
Ideal situation -- I can post something on Craigslist with a descriptive and recognizable-to-the-right-person job title, and pre-screen candidates for her.
And yes, it's partly reluctance to spend 20 hours doing something I have no interest in, but I also truly think there are people out there who can do an amazing job for her where I couldn't.