Music Conferences – Survival Guide Cheat Sheet

Music Conferences – Survival Guide Cheat Sheet

You can gain a lot to help your career at music conferences, if you make to most of the opportunities.

You can gain a lot to help your career at music conferences, if you make to most of the opportunities.

Continuing my look at music conferences this week, I’ve seen many sources provide how-to guides for attending conferences over the years. Strangely, I still see people making the same mistakes and missteps. Maybe if they had looked for tips before going…

You must choose the right Music Conferences

Not all conferences are the same. A band just starting out can’t afford and most likely wouldn’t get much from attending SxSW. At the same time, a band who has had increasing levels of success probably won’t get much out of some of the smaller conferences. Do your research. Look at the speakers list (or last year’s list if the current one is not posted). Are these people who you need to hear from? Listening to a manager who works with locals only probably won’t help if you’re already touring beyond your region.

Music Conferences are GREAT networking opportunities

Everywhere you turn there are more people involved in this crazy business we love. Be polite to them all, be friendly to them all. That person you brushed off today might be in a position to boost or sink your career tomorrow. Actively participate in conversations. Only contribute to those conversations when you have something valuable to add, or to ask an intelligent question. (FYI- “How do I get to the next level?” is NOT an intelligent question.) Focus on one person or group at a time. Use people’s names. We all love to hear our own names, it’s scientifically proven.

You need a plan for attending Music Conferences

Get out of bed and attend the panels and discussions. Yup, use your alarm clock. Attend the panels that most closely match your needs at the time, or better yet divide and conquer. Send one or two people to EVERY panel. Take notes. You’ll hear lots of information, you’re not going to remember it all without help. Plan to meet with your bandmates before the drinking starts to go over each other’s notes from the day. Know what industry folk you want to talk to. Don’t waste my time and yours if you really need a good booking agent. Have stuff to give the industry people. We like stuff. Make sure anything and everything has your contact info & pertinent info about your music. Unlabeled stuff is going in the trash. Be visible. We have this tendency to gravitate to the bands whom we see everywhere. If you show you care about making the most out of the conference, we’re going to give you that extra time.

Hmm.  Up during daylight, participating in the educational events, and they have stuff to give me.  #winning

Hmm. Up during daylight, participating in the educational events, and they have stuff to give me. #winning

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Music Conferences – Survival Guide Cheat Sheet

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