How to Get Paid to Write About Music

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Emilie Friedlander


Andre Grant

So you want to be a music journalist—and actually pay your bills doing it. Even if you have a few bylines under your belt, this can seem a Herculean task. Fees for freelance writing online aren't exactly "quit your day job" material; editors greenlight and reject pitches according some inscrutable logic. Don't worry, though—we've brought together a braintrust of professional editors and writers to guide you. Join Noisey EIC Eric Sunderman, Pitchfork managing editor Matthew Schnipper, freelance writer Andre Grant, and THUMP EIC Emilie Friedlander to hear their personal stories and get practical advice for breaking into the business, pitching editors, and using social media to your advantage.

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Primary Entry: Music Badge, Platinum Badge, Artist Wristband
Secondary Entry: Film Badge, Interactive Badge
Format: Panel
Event Type: Session