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Establishing connections in the music business by 2023 is one of the most important activities anyone can do to advance their career. It can be as straightforward as conversing with people who can help you make great music or secure musical opportunities.

It is obvious that music is often a collaborative effort: the majority of popular songs nowadays are composed by more than one songwriter and even once the song is created, you still need a producer, maybe an artist manager, a recording label, and a distributor to get your music out there, and also a label servicing company. This list can go on and on, but I’m sure you have already gotten the point. Networking is essential for your career in music, regardless of your role.

When it comes to networking in the music industry, there are no fixed rules – you should try out new things and observe what works for you. Nonetheless, some tips can help you meet more people, network more successfully, and enjoy the process more.

As you network in the music industry this year, keep in mind that it is a vital part of your career and that you should take it seriously. Below are seven (7) important tips to follow when networking in 2023.

1. Attend industry events 

Attending music events is one of the first actions to take to establish a network in 2023. Getting comfortable in a room full of unfamiliar people and conversing about who you are and what you do is essential. As you keep going to these networking events (with the right attitude), you’ll be able to recognize familiar faces and connect with musicians, music entrepreneurs, and music educators.

2. Plan your strategy and follow it

Before going to any type of networking gathering, make sure to have a plan of what you want to get out of it. Establishing a target is one of the most efficient ways to get results, no matter if you are attempting to interact with a particular person or to carry out a particular objective.

3. Don’t take too much time

It’s improbable that people in attendance at a function would be interested in hearing lengthy accounts of your music or activities in the music business, so don’t take too much time. Additionally, be aware of what you are saying so you don’t miss out on anything imperative. Begin by giving an introduction of yourself (first and last name, role, and hobbies), and then get to the point. You can give some thought to formulating a concise, effective elevator pitch about yourself.

4. Be Yourself

Do not attempt to be a person who you are not. Avoid presenting a false image. Establishing long-term relationships necessitates sincerity and frank discourse. Individuals, specifically those with greater experience than you possess, can recognize when you are attempting to be someone else. Being truthful and sincere is the optimal way to form strong bonds.

5. Don’t be afraid to follow up

When you meet someone fresh, make sure to stay in touch. Send them a message or an email to display that you had a good time interacting with them. Link up with them on social media and inquire about how they are doing. Engage in small talk whenever you can. You need to make sure that they recall you. But bear in mind that people in the music industry normally have a packed agenda, so it is likely that you may slip their memory. Don’t be hesitant to politely follow up with an email or give them a call to help them recall the conversation you had and make sure that you are not overlooked.

6. Use your network

When you are all set to start your search for another chance, make use of your network. Apart from aiding you to meet your objectives, the network you’ve built can also help you discover fresh possibilities. It is a known fact that the music world can be extremely demanding. Having an assemblage of experts to depend on when you require some direction will make a big difference in the long run.

7. Keep learning

Finally, always strive to learn more. The music industry is constantly evolving and it’s important to stay ahead of the curve. Read industry blogs, attend seminars and conferences, and keep up with the latest trends. This will help you stay competitive and ensure that you have the skills necessary for success.