Are you too old for the music business?
According to Bobby Borgâ€™s article in Music Connection Magazine Vol. XXVII, No. 03, you probably are too old for a typical mainstream recording career.
Major labels tend to favor artists in the 18-25 age groups. Why? Because as one A & R stated, â€œIt may seem harsh, but it doesnâ€™t make sense to invest in older race horses when you can get the younger thoroughbreds crossing the finish line for years to come.â€?? Yea, thatâ€™s harsh!
In Borgâ€™s article, â€œIs Time Running Out,â€?? he interviewed three artists over age 30 that have made successful music careers for themselves outside of performing. Borg interviewed Cheri Lovedog (wrote the movie, â€œPrey for Rock & Roll), Bernard Yin (owns & operates an internet-based music licensing company), and Derek Sivers (CD Baby).
Create longevity in the music business by blending your performance career with â€œbusiness-relatedâ€?? support roles. Business-related careers include personal/business management, publicity, music supervision, music education, journalism, musical equipment design and distribution, your own label, or (like Derek) your own sales/distribution company.
Personally, I do not believe that over 30â€™s are obsolete; they just need to diversify, diversify, diversify.