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These days, the music business, particularly the urban and R&B sector, is driven by producers.  For those with an ear for unique sound, opportunities abound to profit from making beats, although it takes more than skill at the mixing board to make money.

Producers not only create the sound bed and refine the tracks artists lay on top, but more and more, they are representing innovative businessmen and women, according to Wallace Collins, former recording artist with Epic Records, now practicing entertainment law in New York.

Before jumping in, novices would be wise to consider the advice of Calvin Hill, CEO of Marinated Musiq in Atlanta: “Learn the business. This career is 10% entertainment and 90% business.”

He warns that legal awareness is a big part of protecting and