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small stipend to cover daily transporta- tion. Prepare to do the menial tasks and get coffee for the higher-ups in return for being a fly on the wall and learning by proxy. Some internships immediately thrust individuals into active company roles, like graphic design or digital adver- tisement, though! Internships can range from week-long shadowing up to six months in length. Be prepared to work as if you’re getting paid and you will go far. Interns are often the first people to be interviewed when a position comes up as they already know your work ethic and personality. You can find these opportu- nities through Work in Culture, Indeed. com, Facebook music groups, school bul- letin boards, or word of mouth. For those on the industry side, there is a wealth of knowledge to be discovered through websites like Linda.com and Alison.com where you can learn how to run your own business, but also study things like photography, graphic design, and mar- keting. Many public libraries have free membership portals and web resources through your card. Self-Learning Speaking of libraries, many offer lend- ing libraries of instruments and the Toronto public library even has record- ing studios to rent by the hour included in your free membership. Libraries can become your best friend for music biographies, CDs, magazines (get your Billboard online through their portal), and more. Just on your phone, you can download a drum kit app and have at it. You can pretty much find any book or resource through Amazon, but who’s to stop you from noodling on a sitar until something sounds good or picking up a second-hand mixing board and applying tutorials from GarageBand forums? Netflix has amazing music documentaries that will inspire and educate you about the highs and lows of popular music. Even watching music awards shows can be beneficial as it’s important to know what’s gaining pop- ularity in the mainstream. Follow your favourite musicians on Instagram and check Pitchfork.com for what’s trend- ing during the commercials. Dan Hand of Black Lamb Music Internships Internships vary drastically; however, most consist of a co-op-like placement where you are working an entry-level position at a company two or three days a week related to your interests. You do not need to be in school to get an internship but some labels and organi- zations only accept interns from them. Overall, these are not paid positions, though some companies may offer a Music Conferences & Seminars Conferences offer an intensive style of learning where presenters and panels discuss a particular subject for 45 min- utes to an hour, followed by a short ques- tion period. There can be a myriad of topics crammed into a single day, from songwriting to sync licensing to touring to celebrity interviews. These are great opportunities to pick and choose which topics you’re specifically interested in. You bounce from room to room wired Mentorship Mentorship can be effective at various stages. From one-off meetings to rela- tionships that last for years, this style of learning consists of connecting with someone with more expertise than you and getting guidance or advice specif- ically tailored to your situation. This can be in a formal conference-style situation or just chatting over a pint. Though some agencies offer men- torship packages, most mentorships begin with a conversation. Mentorship can come from musicians you admire, publicists, promoters, artist managers, or any industry, really. There just has to be a genuine interest in helping the person being mentored reach their short- or long-term goals. Mentors can be found through provincial music associations, attending concerts, or a cold-call email asking for a coffee. Even Facebook Live videos can connect you with an industry leader where you can ask for advice or guidance. C ANADIAN MUSICIAN • 51