1st Edition

Making It Happen How to Create a Sustainable Career in the Music Industry

By Hannah Trigwell Copyright 2024
    282 Pages 32 B/W Illustrations
    by Focal Press

    282 Pages 32 B/W Illustrations
    by Focal Press

    Making It Happen is a comprehensive guide to navigating the modern music industry, that redefines what ‘making it’ means for musicians, and inspires and educates musicians on the different options for generating revenue from their art.

    This book offers theoretical and practical advice on making music, creating promotional content and embracing traditional and emerging social media platforms into your marketing strategies. Through interviews with music industry experts, readers can expect professional tips and advice, as well as clear instructions on how to build a dream team, make content, share that work and grow an audience to enable long-term business sustainability. In the modern music industry, having multiple revenue streams leads to a stable income.

    Making It Happen offers unique insights into the innovations and technologies available to contemporary music makers, making it essential reading for independent musicians, music business students, music producers and marketers.

    Part 1: Clarify  1. Making It  2. What Do You Want?  3. What’s Stopping You?  4. Why You Should Just Do It  Part 2: Calibrate  5. How To Start  6. Carving Your Own Path  7. It Starts With The Music  8. Building Your Dream Team  9. Distributing Music Digitally  10. Sharing Your Work  Part 3: Create  11. Creating Content  12. Protecting Your Work  13. Making Money  14. Evolving  15. Conclusion


    Hannah Trigwell is a singer-songwriter, educator and entrepreneur from Leeds, UK. Writing and releasing music independently, Hannah has completed several sold-out international tours, garnered over 300 million streams and achieved numerous top ten international hits (including two #1 singles in Laos and Vietnam).

    "Making It Happen brilliantly addresses not just the logistics but the inner mindset needed for success in music. A must-read for every serious musician."
    Derek Sivers, founder of CD Baby