In addition to music skills, there is a whole range of non-music skills that you may need to acquire These may include some or all of the skills listed below
1. Managing your Career
Career Management is about knowing what you want to do and how you are going to get there
if you have a sense of direction, you're more likely to your destination. If you want to go to a specific city, you do not hop on any bus that happens to be passenger door. You seek out the specific bus that is going to that city.
Career management is about clarifying where we want go in our lives, and then taking the specific steps to get there.
2. Managing your Education
Whether you are involved in a formal or an informal educational course, you need to keep up with what is going on to achieve the best possible result
The following are important:-
3. Managing Technology
You are going to need some or all of the following skills:-
4. Promoting Yourself
You are going to need some or all of the following skills in the absence of professional support:-
5. Skills FOR the Road
Skills for the Road will include the following:-
It is important that they look after their health and this can mean keeping fit, eating well, getting sufficient sleep and avoiding excessive drinking and drug taking.
When you are on the road, you are part of a team and is important that you have leadership skills, If you are in charge and that you are a team player, if you are not. Other skills that are important might include event management and foreign languages.
6. Money Skills
Money management skills are important in any profession, and they are equally important in music, particularly if you're self-employed. Ideally, you should have the capacity to prepare a simple Receipts and Payments Account your money coming in and money going out in order that you can see if you have the capacity to make sustainable living in the music business. You should also be able to forecast your receipts and payments for the next six, 12 or 24 months ahead to give you perspective in money terms where your music business is going.
You need to be a good negotiator so that you can charge appropriate rates for your services.
In the absence of you, yourself having the skills you should get in touch with a financial adviser who can help you or take a short course on how to manage your finances
7. Continuing PROFESSIONAL Development
New information and new techniques are coming to us on a continuing basis and in order to keep up-to-date with our chosen career. It is necessary to continually develop ourselves.
8. Managing your Life
Life management is about having firm foundations upon which to build your life/ career
One of the key non-music skills is to have the capacity to look after yourself as you go about developing your career. We call this life management. You need a firm platform on which to build your life and you also need to make sure that you are addressing all the areas of your life that need attention.
The Toolbox Engine contains a self-assessment questionnaire which will enable you to identify the non-music skills which may need attention. Link
Explore the importance of building a personal support structure. Link