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How to Not Blow Your Music Industry Meeting

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If you're the creative type, business probably doesn't come naturally to you. You'd rather be off by yourself writing songs or daydreaming than in a stuffy office, and are uncomfortable in that kind of setting. We got your back – this post is for you.

Musicians: How to Be More Confident in Networking Situations

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Networking. A dreaded term for introverted musicians... and really everyone, sometimes. The concept can be quite uncomfortable and pretty awkward. We're somehow supposed to go into a situation with loads of professional strangers and strike up a conversation about our lifelong career aspirations, but play it off as no big deal.

Uh, what?

The whole ordeal is still foreign to many of us and can turn into a storm of stress and anxiety. What happens if you mess up? Or you don’t know how to start the conversation? Fear no more – here are some tips to ease the tension, start the conversation, and gain more confidence to meet and make music industry connections.

The Dos and Don'ts of Music Industry Networking

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Networking is an incredibly important part of any job, and it’s also just a fancy term for meeting people. The idea of networking scares a lot of people, but it shouldn’t, especially if being social comes naturally anyway.

There aren’t any set “rules” when it comes to networking in the music industry – you should try new things and see what works for you. However, I do have some suggestions that may help you meet more people, network more effectively, and have an all around better time doing this.

How to Send a Killer Email to Anyone in the Music Industry

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I’ve been to a lot of music conferences. At nearly every single workshop or Q&A session, the question is asked: “What are the dos and don'ts of sending emails to industry people?” Most of the time, the answers are pretty generic and simple, but to be honest, it's a good question. A lot of people suck at sending emails.

I’ve spent quite a few years learning the ropes of the music industry, and in that time, my band and I have developed a pretty solid email game (if I do say so myself). In fact, we've literally received compliments on the detail, efficiency, and organization of our emails.

After you’ve read this guide, you should have a clear idea of how to send a killer email to anyone in the music industry. If you have questions, leave them in the comments below, and I'll do my best to answer them.

Musicians: Here's Exactly What to Do When You First Get Someone’s Contact Info

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You might think of yourself as just a musician, but if you’re trying to make a living from your music, you're also a businessperson. I know that might not sound sexy, and it probably isn’t a job you’d like, but it’s true.

As a businessperson (try not to cringe too much at your new-found title), you should do everything you can to be the best networker possible, as it can make a big difference in your career. When you meet people who might be helpful in your career – or vice versa – it’s obvious that you should find a way to keep in touch via social media or more traditional channels. But then what? What do you do immediately after meeting someone in a potentially professional way?