7 Music Networking Tips You Should to Know

Here are tips for music networking to increase your connections. Knowing how to network in the music industry is important to build a successful career.

Whether you are a musician, singer, rapper, or music producer, knowing how to network is essential.

Music Networking Tips for Musicians & Music Producers

Many artists feel lost or lack confidence when it comes to making contacts. “Where do I go to meet people?”, “How do I make a good first impression?”, are some of their biggest concerns.

If these questions resonate with you, here are 7 tips on how to network in the music industry, so you never miss an opportunity again.

Music Networking Tips

1. Always Be Ready to Network

Who knows, on a casual trip to the supermarket you may meet a fellow local artist to collaborate with or your next music producer. Or maybe someone comments on your Instagram and, if you’re not clear and concise about your work, you risk missing the opportunity.

That’s why you should always be prepared to network.

Make sure you have a great portfolio to show to people, a Soundcloud page, for instance, try making business cards, and most importantly, be clear about what your goals are in music.

This will give you much more confidence and better chances of finding a great lead.

2. Attend Music Events & Concerts

Music Networking - Attend Music Events & Concerts
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This one is always easy and fun. Concerts and events related to music are a good place to find fellow artists and people related to the industry, especially at music fairs. Always be on the verge of your city’s schedule.

Sure, be ready to network. Ask people for their business cards and bring yours too; See if you have any interests and goals in common. Make sure you give a great first impression.

3. Learn About Marketing

If you have a great social media profile, but no one is interacting with you, then probably you need to improve your marketing strategy and music networking efforts.

That’s where marketing comes in. Having a basic understanding of it will help you improve your content, your visibility and, consequently bring you more potential leads.

Marketing basics are fairly easy and can be learned by anyone. There is tons of great content on marketing on the internet.

Plus, its philosophy will help you present yourself better not only on social media but in person too, since networking and marketing are closely related.

Here is a helpful video with 5 Marketing Tips for Musicians:

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4. Be the First to Approach New People

Many of us often don’t approach fellow artists just because we fear being ignored.

But chances are they’re fearing the same thing, so why not be the first to approach?

Everyone likes meeting people and making contacts. Be it a comment on social media or an in-person occasion, never let an opportunity pass.

After that, make sure to keep in touch with the people you meet.

Interacting with your contacts is as important as the first approach when it comes to music networking.

5. Be Professional

Always approach and treat people in a professional way. Be polite and ready to present your best self.

Avoid doing things such as interrupting important people while they’re in a conversation just to hand them your demo, for instance.

While it looks completely unprofessional, chances are that the person in question will not listen to your work if you approach them this way.

So treat the others the way you would want to be treated: professionally. Show them a strong brand you’ve created for yourself and have a professional relationship. That way you get much bigger chances of getting heard by the big industry.

6. Create a Strong Brand for Yourself

Your brand is unique. It’s what makes people recognize you, so nothing is more important than having a strong and concise footprint in the music industry.

Have a great social media presence, differentiate yourself, be unique, share your work with the world, and be consistent. That way you’ll have more chances of people remembering you.

Here is a great video about how to create a brand for yourself as an artist:

Related: Music Branding & Marketing Tips for Music Producers

7. Help & Collaborate With Others

Whenever a fellow artist or person in the industry needs a helping hand, offer them. You never know when you’re going to need it yourself.

Art is all about collaboration; Even your honest opinion helps. By doing that, you start creating a great relationship with others, making your brand stronger, and most importantly, help to create a healthier music industry community. Everybody wins.

If you already have a strong brand, you can even offer yourself to collaborate on someone else’s work. But just make sure you establish a great relationship with the person in question before bringing the idea.

Conclusion on Music Networking

Always be ready to network so you don’t miss any opportunities.

Make sure you create a strong brand and know how to market yourself, especially on social media.

Search for concerts and music events in your area and always be professional.

Do you have any music networking tips?

Please share it below!

Mark V. at Hip Hop Makers

Written By Mark V.

Hip Hop Makers is a music production website that launched in 2008 to teach music lovers how to make music, sell beats, and make money from music.


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  1. Give more than you receive. Nobody wants to feel used. Make sure the relationship is always mutually beneficial. And always be honest. Respectful but honest.

  2. Talk to artists about the type of music they make
    Learn to integrate all your social media
    send artists exclusives of tracks for feed back and collaborations
    learn about current trends in music

  3. Use your time wisely.

  4. Talk to anyone & everyone. You never know who has the network or who knows someone that can positively affect your craft

  5. Always have new content for people to look at. Also, like Dot Inc said. talk to everyone. Iv met a lot of people by just talking about what i do to everyone.

  6. Always be willing to help someone out. I reached out to a former manager of Izza Kizza several years ago. I was trying to get some tracks with him, but nothing came from it. I then get an email just last week from a guy saying he wrote a hook to one of my tracks. The hook was on point and has been sent to a major artist for consideration. I asked the guy how he found out about me and it turns out that the former manager told him about me. I probably haven’t spoken with the manager in at least 2 years. So just make sure that you have something that is memorable, and it does not necessarily have to be the music. Maybe it is the packaging (like how the Apple Juice Kid would give out Apple Juice boxes with his beat CDs, I think. LOL). Be memorable!…

  7. I under promise and over deliver.. A little extra goes a long way!

  8. Don’t let relationships go cold. Anybody can meet a bunch of great contacts but staying in touch with people is much harder. You can break it down like this: stay in contact weekly, monthly, or quarterly. It just depends on who you are talking to. A hot music contact weekly, every other music contact monthly, and people in general at least quarterly. Just because they are not music makers doesn’t mean they can’t provide you with great music leads. Keep people up to date with what you’ve got going on. Also, if a lead never calls me back I’ll make more than one effort to contact them per week. This is especially important for record label people or contacts that know a lot of people.

  9. Create quality music, develop leads for possible connections and get a website. Also never turn away people that take interest in what you do even if they don’t have money. Focus on your following and promote your service to those that will more likely support. Collect phones, email addresses, and twitter/facebook pages to keep people posted on whats new. I went from making beats fun fun, to making a living doing what I love. Those are some of my tips and I hope I was able to help someone.

  10. I think the best strategy is to not put all your beats in one basket. Make sure you are visible in multiple beat-selling platforms and make sure to integrate them with social media as much as possible. People will find you if you make good music…

  11. Helpful discussion. Thanks all for participating.

  12. Make sure, that everyone can get your music simply for free

  13. Take time to actually build genuine relationships. Spamming random people your beats on social networks is NOT a proper way to network.

  14. Don’t sell your music for free. You aren’t a charity, and don’t listen to those idiots telling you to give your art away, drop outs and probably never made a decent record in their life

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