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  • Writer's pictureMatt Errington

The Art of Networking: Developing a Powerful Music Industry Network

Building a successful career in the music business requires networking. You can gain access to priceless resources, opportunities, and support by forming and maintaining relationships with professionals in the field. We'll provide you with key advice in this blog post to help you become an expert networker and create a strong music industry network.




1. Participate in trade shows and conferences

Attending conferences and events is one of the best ways to connect with like-minded professionals in the music business. These events offer a great chance to network with a wide range of people, including producers, booking agents, label reps, and artists. Make sure to look into upcoming local or online events, and be sure to attend any that are relevant to your interests and professional goals.


2. Make use of social media

Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn are a few examples of social media sites that can be effective networking tools. Join discussions about the music industry, share your work, and follow people and organisations there. By actively engaging in the online community, you can establish connections with business people who might be able to offer advice, assistance, or opportunities.


3. Make use of networking tools specific to your industry.

Professionals in the music industry can connect on a number of networking sites that are industry-specific. Artists and industry professionals can connect, collaborate, and find new opportunities on websites like Music Gateway, and Bandcamp. For the purpose of showcasing your work, interacting with others, and growing your network, create a profile on these websites. Do the same if you're an SMB alumni on our Facebook Alumni group!


4. Join Meetup and Groups for the Music Industry

Local meetups and organisations for the music business provide another channel for networking. Look for local music events like songwriter circles, open mic nights, and industry panels. You can establish connections with local businesspeople and broaden your network within the music industry by regularly attending these events.


5. Be sincere and true.

It's crucial to be sincere and real when networking. Be open to learning from the experiences and insights of the people you meet and show genuine interest in them. Avoid being overly pushy or self-promotional, and concentrate on developing real connections rather than just looking for ways to advance personally.


6. Provide worth and assistance

Offering others value and support is one of the best ways to forge strong connections. Help others in your network by sharing your knowledge, resources, or skills to show that you are willing to support their success. You increase your chances of getting help and opportunities by being a helpful and valuable connection.


7. Follow Up and Remain in Touch

Consistent effort and follow-up are required to develop a strong network. Send a cordial email or message after meeting someone new to express your gratitude for the conversation and to strengthen the relationship. Share updates, business news, or intriguing opportunities with your contacts to stay in touch, and don't be afraid to get in touch with them if you need guidance or help.


8. Have a lift pitch ready.

A succinct and compelling introduction that sums up your experience, skills, and professional objectives is known as an elevator pitch. Having a polished elevator pitch at the ready can help you stand out during networking events and strike up conversations with professionals in your field.


9. Don't be shy about requesting introductions.

Do not be afraid to request an introduction if you know someone who has connections to a person or group you wish to meet. The majority of people are delighted to assist in introductions, particularly if you have proven your worth and network support.


Building a successful career in the music business requires mastering the art of networking. You can develop enduring relationships with professionals who can support you in achieving your career goals by participating in industry-specific platforms, attending events, interacting with others on social media, and providing value and support. Be genuine and authentic in your interactions, and put more effort into creating lasting connections than you would into pursuing purely selfish goals. You can build a solid music industry network that will act as the basis for your success by being persistent and proactive. So get out there, network, and watch as your career in the music business takes off. Take a course and then join our SMB Alumni Community. Details at www.theschoolofmusicbusiness.com

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