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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?

The One Big Mistake Bands Make After Playing a Gig

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The work you should put into playing a gig doesn't end when you leave the stage. As soon as you're done, you've got to head to the merch table, where you'll actively sell and interact with fans. What about after that, though?

In the immediate days after a show, there are three ways you should be following up. Right after you've played is prime time for engaging with fans, and it's also when you should follow up with the venue or talent buyer, too. Avoid the massive mistake of missing the opportunity to strengthen your fanbase and your network by following this easy checklist.