After our post on picking the right venue we thought it might be helpful to give you a few tips for on contacting venue owners. Believe it or not there is definitely wrong and right ways to contact owners and how you do it can determine if you land a gig or not. For the most part it’s simply down to just being organized and respectful, these are just a few things to consider before sending off that email or making the phone call.
An easy one to begin with is to not be pushy, this tends to come from musicians who are unorganised and strap for time, you may not have thought about it twice but if you’ve sent a dozen emails to a venue owner in the hope you can book a gig for the weekend then you’ve probably already ruined your chances. No one likes to be bombarded with emails so although it’s understandable that you may have gone a bit over board without realizing, make sure you simply follow up email or phone call a week or two later, you will give off a much better impression.
Building relationships within the industry is a tool all musicians need and is something we hope we’ve helped with through our posts but what do you do when it comes to preserving those relationships, especially when having to say no.
You have every right to turn down gigs or to turn someone away if you feel it isn’t right for you or your career, this doesn’t automatically mean you will ruin the relationship you’ve built with this person as long as you go about it the right way.
It’s easy to just say yes, to be polite in the hope you don’t seem ungrateful and end up ruining your career but honestly accepting an opportunity that you’ve not got your heart set on can do more harm than good. Here are a few ways to lessen the blow when it comes to saying no.
Most people simply appreciate the truth rather than skirting around the topic, if you are already committed to a project or the opportunity just isn’t right at the moment then its best to be honest. Explain yo
If you’re just being introduced to the music scene you are probably wondering how and where you can start building relationships with other like minded people who can help to further your career. Part of being a musician is being able to make contacts and build important relationships with people but it’s not as easy for some so here are a few tips to get you started. We’ve already covered networking on the blog so make sure you have a look for some more helpful advice, in the meantime we wanted to provide some more tips for those who have just started.
The first begin an obvious one and one we’ve mentioned before but it’s worth bringing up again as it’s so useful. Social media is huge and you bet that every artist, musicians or DJ is on there so it’s vital that you don’t get left behind. Take advantage of how accessible everything is, join groups, follow local artists and introduce yourself. These communities are so great for new musicians and if you make the effort to be
As with anything rejection is difficult, you’ve got to get back up and brush yourself off but what do you do when you don’t get a response at all? It’s extremely frustrating when you put in the time and effort to email or meet with someone concerning a job or similar so it’s disheartening when you don’t get any kind of feedback. Rejections aren’t pleasant but at least you can learn from it and gain an understanding why you weren’t right or what you need to improve on, I mean how we can possibly be expected to grow and improve when we don’t get any feedback.
Although we can guarantee a response or tell you how to get one we can offer up some guidance and let you know where you could improve in order to land a job. Of course this can vary depending on who you’re dealing with but generally there are a few different things that can determine if you will get a job or not.
An obvious one but may be helpful to some; your professionalism and attitude will be a huge factor to
When applying for your chosen university course or your dream job it’s a huge benefit if you can show them that you gained experience from other achievements that just your general studies. If you’re considering a music degree or thinking about your dream job in the industry then you should probably start preparing for it as soon as possible.
It’s never too early to be thinking about what you can do to stand out from other applications when it comes to a university place or a job. If you’re currently in education take your summer as an opportunity to attend a music camp or to complete an extra music program. There are so many different things you can do to fill up your applications, take some time to look over your best options and in the mean time we are going to go over a few reasons why these extra curriculums are so important for your future.
Firstly getting head will make your future self very applicative, if you chose to attend a summer camp or to complete anot
For many pursing music as a full time career isn’t an option, most can’t afford to quit their 9-5 jobs and work for free until money starts coming in for their music career. But with a full time job it can be hard to find time to dedicate to your music, and it can quickly become very consuming. Something to consider would be a part time role, not everyone can afford to cut their monthly earnings in half but for some it can be done.
If you’re willing to go part time in order to focus on your music there are a few different jobs you can do, some that will even benefit your music career. If you’re looking to switch roles try and take this opportunity to look for a job within the industry, something that will teach you skills and give you experience within an industry you hope to be a part of in the future.
Something we’ve mentioned before is a teacher or tutor, it’s a popular route to go down for musicians and gives you the chance to continue to learn and practice whils
For some networking and creating contacts is a tricky business, not all of us are dripping with confidence and communicating is a huge part of the industry. There are certain unspoken rules of networking and it can all become a bit intimidating when you’re trying to impress a manager or promoter, there are definitely do’s and don’ts so hopefully these tips will help you survive your first encounter with a professional. Whether you’re looking to work with a label, distributor or a manager being professional is the number one rule and it matters so if anything remember that.
For the most part unless you have a scheduled appointment you will be approaching these professionals at an event of some kind, so it’s likely that they do not have much time to chat with you so make sure you keep it short, sweet and straight to the point. Stick to three points, what you do, what you’re asking for and how to get in contact with you, this goes for in person and through email. Be polite, n
If you’ve been pursuing a career in the music industry for a while then you know how tough of an industry it is. There’s so many different paths to take it can become extremely overwhelming. If you feel like you something isn’t quite working or you are not sure what to do next hopefully some of these industry tips will help you get back on track.
For starters it may be worth going back to the basics, if you feel a little burnt out its probably because you’ve been trying too hard, yes there is such a thing, go back to the reason you started music. There’s so much pressure on musicians to have the latest gear or the best management but that all comes second to the importance of just making good music. Music has come so far especially with the internet, we have so much available right at our fingertips and it’s great to be able to use it to your advantage and to progress in your career, it is the future after all but it’s important not to take too much on remember the priority
In almost every post we’ve mentioned networking and why it’s so important when pursing any kind of career within the music industry, some may say it’s the most important part of becoming a success. Whether you love of hate networking it has to be done, yes it can be difficult and awkward and you will meet some people who you don’t necessarily get along with but hopefully these tips will help make the process much more enjoyable.
Start off small, if this is all new to you the last thing you want is to put yourself into a situation that is way out of your depth. Go to some of your local clubs or bars where you know performances are taking place. Try not to look at it like networking at least in the beginning, go in with the mindset that you are just looking to meet new people who enjoy music as much as you do. Get to know their resident dj’s or musicians and slowly start building a relationship with them. Once you get used to talking to strangers and meeting