Texas Music Office
Fall 2012 Site Review
Position: Texas Music Office Fellow
Student: American Studies Senior
Interning at the Texas Music Office serves as an ideal introduction to the workforce, especially if you are interested in pursuing a music-related career. The atmosphere is professional yet relaxed, the mood is light, and the work is relevant challenging without being overly demanding.
My hours are 2-6pm, Monday through Thursday. This is four hours beyond the normal requisite of 12 hours per week, but I genuinely enjoy working at the Music Office and wanted to be sure that I forged close working relationships with my supervisors in the office. I believe this has paid off already, and will continue to do so in the long run.
Each day when I go into the office, I turn on the computer and open FileMaker Pro, which contains the Music Office’s voluminous referral network. I open the “contacts” list, which usually contains a handful of minor tasks to take care of. These tasks usually consist of updating an entry in the referral network. For example, a business may have forwarded us their new address or someone at the office may have discovered a new band in town.
After I finish my new “contacts” record, I work on whichever long-term project us interns have currently been assigned (and there is almost always some new project we are working on). Right now, we are in the process of updating the entire referral network, which the Office does once a year. This means that we look for entries in the talent register that are missing mailing addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, or any other important information. I have a list printed out of bands and musicians whose mailing addresses are not listed. I go down the list, calling each one. Usually no one answers and I have to leave a message explaining why I am calling. But sometimes the contact will answer the phone and I will get to talk to them in person. I used to be nervous about “cold calling” people, but this has become the aspect of the job that I enjoy the most now and I think it has developed an invaluable skill for me as a worker. I am much more confident about speaking to strangers – after all, we are only trying to help them succeed in the music business.
This project has taken the better part of 3 weeks, and other projects are pretty similar. Sometimes it is mailing stickers to record stores; sometimes it is going through lists and making edits. When necessary I handle the phones as well. Occasionally a special project arises, such as taking notes during Director Casey Monahan’s meetings with record label heads, musicians, business owners, etc. In any case, it always involves some aspect of the music industry, and thereby I find it very fun and interesting.