1. How to Contact a Venue Manager

    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.

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  2. How to Say No without Ruining Relationships in the Music Industry

    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

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  3. How Bad Relationships can affect your Career

    Emotion is vital if you want to be a part of the music business, it’s what creates the music and it’s what creates the relationships. If you have that passion and drive to put your all into your music you are sure to go far but the problems start to arise when you let that take a negative turn, passion can quickly turn into anger and conflict which can seriously damage your career.

    With such drive for something it’s natural to want to do your best and to be in control to ensure maximum success but if you’re unable to handle your emotions off stage it will cause problems. The music business is no picnic and you will come across people who have different opinions and who you may not get along with, it’s expected but no matter what you need to be the better person, holding a grudge will do no good.

    The music business is all about making connections and collaborating with people within the business to better yourself and your career so it’s important to maintain those re

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