This article originally appeared on Soundfly.
The music scene is a tricky place to navigate. It often feels like you can't get anywhere without knowing the right people and that your fate is entirely in someone else's hands. But many of the "gatekeepers" are actually there to help you, and knowing who to talk to at the right moment can mean the difference between booking a sold-out show, playing to an empty room, and not playing at all. Whether you're booking your very first gig, or gearing up to head out on tour, here are five people who can make all the difference.