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4 Ways to Grow Your Music Industry Contact List

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Spamming people on social media with song links or requests for contact info is the last way you want to promote your music. Believe it or not, there are still plenty of viable methods of respectfully networking with people both digitally and face-to-face! With proper communication etiquette always in mind, here are four ways to grow your music industry contact list.

Musicians, Please Stop Giving Out CDs (And What to Do Instead)

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As someone who writes about music, I get a lot of CDs. Sometimes they're mailed to me, but the majority of physical albums I receive come when I'm out at a concert, at a meeting, or at a conference. People walk up and hand them to me in the hopes that I’ll listen and perhaps feature the artist in some way.

This isn’t a “bad” idea in that it makes a lot of sense to give someone music if you want them to hear it, right? Sure, but I have something I need to admit to you: I never, ever listen to your CD. I really don’t. I’m sorry you wasted a copy of it, but that’s why I’m coming clean now.

6 Ways Musicians Can Make a Great First Impression

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In the music business, as much as any business, other people’s perception of you and the reputation you carry has as much impact on your career as your music ever will. From the moment you reach out and begin a business relationship with someone in the industry – whether it’s a promoter, another musician, a manager, etc. – you need to be conscious of the impression you’re leaving.

I’m not telling you to be "fake nice," because people can always tell. But be genuinely nice. Be on time. Know your material. Deliver a professional performance. These are the things that will leave people wanting to have you back.

I still have a lot to learn, but I can share a few things I’ve learned so far in this regard through my own mistakes and by watching others.

Musicians: 9 Tips for Creating an Effective Elevator Pitch

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An elevator pitch is a useful promotional tool when meeting new industry contacts face to face at networking events and conventions. It’s called an elevator pitch because it's intended to grab a person’s immediate attention and hold his or her interest within the time of a short elevator ride.

An elevator pitch must be well written and well rehearsed. While you may have to create a variety of different pitches based on who (booking agents, bloggers, sponsors, etc.) you're pitching, let’s take a look at the essential elements that you should always have prepared.

How to Find Studio Musicians

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Good help is hard to find. It’s true whether you’re looking for a good computer programmer or a skilled barista. It’s also true if you’re heading into the recording studio and need someone to help fill out your sound.

Hiring studio musicians isn’t just for solo pop stars and mega-famous musicians anymore. As the music industry has become more and more competitive and income sources less lucrative, many talented players are turning to session work to help pay the bills. That means that, depending on where you live, the talent pool is relatively deep.

There are many different reasons you might want to hire a studio player. Maybe you’re a singer-songwriter trying to make your vision a reality, or maybe you’re a producer and you’re looking for a unique sound to really make a song pop, or you’re in a band and your guitarist is too drunk to pull off the ripping guitar solo you need. Either way, there are plenty of resources for finding a hired gun.