The music industry can appear confusing, but actually none of it is rocket science and there are some great free resources on the internet that can provide the basic information you need. It does, however, mean that you need to take the time to do some research.
Many of the representative/professional music bodies have websites with freely available resources and there are also a number of well-respected podcasts and videos hosted by people in the industry. All this will cost you is some time checking them out. Under ‘Connections and Resources’ the GMN has put together a list of industry representative bodies and has also started a list of resources on marketing and navigating the music industry. These lists are downloadable with clickable links.