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For $1000 total budget you won’t get new professional equipment or even new prosumer level either. But that doesn’t mean you can’t do professional looking video.
You can keep software costs down to < $100 by going with one of the “home” versions of non-linear editors (Sony Vegas Movie Studio, Premiere Elements, etc…).
As for the camera, since you want to do music videos, look for one that has the ability to hook up to an external microphone (you don’t need XLR input, later on you can buy an adapter for that) and one that does well in low light situations.
Consider used equipment from reputable sources (Craig’s List and eBay can give you the value of diamonds or camel poop so caveat emptor at those two sources) to hold prices down.
Maybe a used Sony VX1000 or VX2000/VX2100 if you can get it for your budget (not HD but a great pro camera that still is in use by many wedding videographers).