Music Business Networking Tips (From Industry Pros)

Music Business Networking Tips (From Industry Pros)

Written by Jaron Lewis

Networking is a hugely important aspect for any business but it is especially important when it comes to the music industry. By utilizing things like music networking sites and attending music industry networking events, you will end up creating connections that can really impact how successful your career is.

You can always find music networking events in NYC, which can be very helpful to those who live in this area. If you are a new artist trying to break through, the time is now for you to begin networking and these are some tips to help you get started.

Networking Events

One of the most important things for you to do is make sure that you are attending the right networking events. When you are just starting out, it can be less intimidating to go to local musician meet-ups or other much smaller networking events where you can start off slowly.

Going straight to a convention center sized networking event may be a bit overwhelming to those who are new to the industry, so really work your way up to these larger events when you get more networking experience.

The large events typically bring higher quality networks, so you want to really make sure that you have mastered your networking skills when you go to these events. You should also choose your networking events based on your specific genre, which is where you are going to find more people who are interested in your type of music. For instance as a rock musician, you may not find anyone at a rap centric event to network with.

Don't Offer Up Your Demo Right Away

One common mistake that new artists make is immediately jumping into a conversation with an industry leader and offering up their demo. This can be a big mistake because it will turn the person off from the conversation and you would lose a potentially vital networking contact.

There is a time and place for this and you should work on building up a working relationship with others. Eventually, they will ask for a demo on their own if you have made an impression on them. There may be some networking events where there are openings for you to do this, which you should take advantage of, though you should never be too pushy with this.

Manners Go A Long Way

It is also very important to remember who you are and the manners that you were taught growing up. Simple niceties can really get you pretty far and most importantly this will impress the people you are trying to network with. They want gratitude and they want to see that you respect them. This will inspire them to stay in touch with you. You also need to be yourself. A lot of people in the industry want to see artists who are authentic and can easily see through those artists who are not. This is something that will make a bad impression on others at these events.

These are really only a few of the tips that you need to network in the music industry.



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