This week let’s tackle Getting Help in The Office Where to Find Help.
As a result of last week’s Biz booster, I hope you have your list of tasks to delegate and have written your job description. Now let’s explore some possible resources and places to find your potential assistant.
For those of you living in or near a university town, there are a number of options involving internships.
The departments that I would check into are:
- MBA programs in business that have a focus on marketing.
- Arts management programs
- Business Departments
- Journalism Departments
- Theater Departments
- Music Business, but not the music departments
There is an organization called Music & Entertainment Industry Educators Association or http://meiea.org/ where you can look up a list of over 85 schools across the country that have music business programs. Here you may find eager students who are interested in the business side of the industry and would welcome a real life experience working for a performing artist.
With any of the above departments, contact the department’s chair and discuss your interests in grooming a student intern. Look for a student who is near the beginning of their student life so you have an opportunity work with them over the course of a couple of years rather than training someone about to graduate with plans to move out of the area. A graduating student may be perfect but, interview them about their plans for the future before getting too involved. By becoming involved with a school that has a music business curriculum, you may be able to take advantage of their course of study to offer projects you are planning as a case study, thereby getting some free help and advice and a chance to try some of your new ideas.
Other Places to Look:
Beyond universities, local, regional and state arts councils have resources where you may list your job description. People searching for work in the arts review those postings. You may connect with someone who is already familiar with the music and performing arts industry.
Now let’s talk about your fans and your own mailing list. You may find someone already interested in you from your mailing list. I would include your job description in an email to your list. This call for support may bring some friendly inquiries as well as referrals from your fan base to their friends who may be looking for some part time work.
Next week: Part 3, the interview process and what to look for in an assistant.
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Thanks to Curfew, for providing This Month’s Biz Booster Theme Music, “Future Dance”
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