It’s true what they say: it’s all about who you know. Part of being in the music industry is creating connections and networking with other like-minded individuals. Every person you meet in the industry has the potential to help you take your career to new heights and open up endless opportunities.
We’re here to help you utilize your resources and network with the people around here.
Here are a few of our tips:
Become a part of your local music community
No matter where you live, there is sure to be a thriving, local music community. These small communities can help you build your following on social media and provide you with connections that can lead to opportunities in the future.
To find your local music community, start with some research on Facebook pages or visit local venues. If you’re wanting to get into performing, we encourage you to start small by volunteering to perform at charity events or places in your community. Every experience you have is just a stepping stone in the right direction. Later on, you’ll have an entire network of local connections you can count on to support you.
Utilize social media
Social media can be a powerful tool that allows you to connect with others, no matter where they are. As you look for ways to build connections with others in your industry, don’t be afraid to follow them on social media afterward and stay connected with them. Send them a message and let them know that you enjoyed meeting them. Don’t be afraid to reach out when you want and continue to nurture the relationship. You never know where that one connection might lead you in the future.
Create business cards
It may sound old school, but you never know when you might need one! Whether you’re looking for a career in music management or as a performing artist, you can always benefit from having a business card to share with someone you meet. If you’re looking for local artists to help build their careers, create a business card with your contact information so they can remember to contact you when they need someone.
If you’ve been recording music and want more people to hear it, create a business card with a QR code to your latest album. By handing out these business cards to others in your community, you’re providing them with a reason to remember you. That business card could lead to endless opportunities.
Treat every conversation like a networking opportunity
Every connection you make is a moment you can use to network. That means you should always follow up, stay connected, and look for ways to build out your network. Also, keep in mind that other music professionals are looking for the same networking opportunities as you are. Don’t be afraid to help others out or connect them with people you know. These small acts of kindness could lead to bigger possibilities for you in the future.
Enroll in a program at MI
Part of being a student at MI is getting the opportunity to meet other people with the same passion and drive as you. Once you enroll in one of our music industry programs, you’ll have an entire network of people who support what you do and believe in it. Of course, you’ll all have different paths in the music industry, which is something you can capitalize on after you graduate from the program.
Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there
At the end of the day: Networking is just engaging with a mission. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there, get to know others, and always look for new ways to foster connections. It won’t be easy! However, after a while, it will turn into a rewarding experience.
At MI, we want to see you succeed. If you’re ready to take the next step in your career in the music industry, feel free to check out our list of programs to find one that fits your passions. Once you enroll, you’ll have an opportunity to put your networking skills to the test and make friendships that will last a lifetime.