Thursday, October 21, 2010
If I were to ask any number of artists what they wanted to do with their career they would all say something to the affect of being famous, rich or known worldwide. All of these goals are fine but if I ask these same artists what they are doing on a day to day basis to accomplish these goals then you start to hear crickets because I think a lot of us are in love with the idea of dreaming more than we are with actualizing our dreams or visions. If we want to be number one, we have to do what the people who are already on top are doing and we have to be in the same or similar circles and yes we can do it. One of the things you have to understand is that in every industry their are networking organizations that give you a chance to rub shoulders and get to know people in your industry that can help you get where you want to be. The entire music industry is like a huge fraternity and MEMBERSHIP has it's privileges. We all watch the Grammys, American Music Awards, BET Awards, MTV Awards & Academy Awards. Now most of us sit back and dream saying "One day I'm gonna be on that stage". Well before you can be on the stage you have to be in the building and in the mix with those people. Not many artists even realize that they can just buy tickets to most of these events and just go but in most cases you have to be a member of a particular organization. For instance, the only way to attend or even buy a ticket to the Grammys is if you are a member of the Recording Academy. All you have to do to join is pay your MEMBERSHIP dues which are $100 a year and to qualify for membership you just to show that you have been credited on a certain number of recordings that have been published. Yes it's that simple. Also every artist that is making music for public consumption should be a member of ASCAP or BMI as both a writer and a publisher. You can only belong to one or the other. They both have annual fees and this MEMBERSHIP puts you in the mix with the entire music industry. Each one of these organizations has FREE networking events almost monthly. By attending these events you are then able to meet people that are working in the industry on all levels in all facets. This is how MEMBERSHIP can help you realize your vision. There are also hundreds of industry and genre specific music conferences that go on each year that can give you a chance to network and expose people in the industry to who you are and what you do. I advise every artist to budget to attend at least one awards show and after party and at least one major industry music conference a year as a part your regular career building strategy. Remember you can't win the fight if you don't put yourself in the ring.
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