Are you tuning up for the festival season? This month, music biz vet Peter Spellman gives some tips for music career success.
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5 Essentials of Music Career Success
by Peter Spellman
Music is too big a world for a one-size-fits-all model of music career success. Musicians’ career paths are as unique as their individual finger prints. Nevertheless, there are a few guidelines that I believe apply to anyone trying to make a living career out of their love of music. Here are five:
1. Hone your talent and realize there is a place for you. Not everyone is a Quincy Jones, a Beatles, or a Bruce Springsteen, but if an artist like Tom Waits is a vocalist, then there is definitely room for you too. Do the work necessary to excel in your niche, whether it’s writing a chart, engineering a session, providing backup vocals, or teaching kids the basics of music.
Why Email Blasts Alone Won't Get You Booked
When seeking bookings in the festival market, an email to the event coordinator or the Entertainment Director is a good place to start, but that alone will not necessarily get you booked. You should follow up with phone calls and research each event to determine their booking process. Many have certain guidelines, applications, and deadlines. Find out their rules as every festival will be different. Booking festival gigs is all about building relationships. A personal touch is a better way to get your foot in the door and be considered for shows - it will certainly make a longer lasting impression than a simple email blast!
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