Networking is a must in the music industry. But the good news is that it does not have to be painful, cheesy, uncomfortable, or cringe-worthy. Look at it this way: networking doesn’t have to be anything more than meeting your fellow music lovers and brainstorming about how you can work together to get great music out there. With that idea in mind, here are a list of groups that will help you feel better about music industry networking.
Society Of Leaders In Development (SOLID)
SOLID aims to improve the future of the music industry by strengthening its professional relationships and educating its future executives while serving the community.
WMBA- Women’s Music Business Association
Membership organization supporting women in executive careers.
Crescendo Club-Nashville Symphony
The Crescendo Club is a dynamic group of Nashville-area young professionals aged 21-40 who share a love of music and a mission to support the Nashville Symphony’s artistic and educational mission.
Troubadour Society-Country Music Hall of Fame
The Troubadour Society’s growing community of young leaders helps sustain the Museum and its mission.
Nashville Songwriters Association International: NSAI
Trade organization promoting the interests of professional songwriters.
Source Nashville is a nonprofit, invitation-only organization unifying female executives from all facets of the Nashville Music Industry.
A non-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization founded in 1989 providing programs designed to further communications and understanding among facets of the entertainment business and to assist established leaders in their roles as decision makers.
A campus-based development program, CMA EDU gives college students an inside look into the music and entertainment industry while celebrating their love for music. In return, CMA leverages these groups for research, marketing, and promotional use on their respective campuses.
Country Music Association: CMA
Trade organization promoting country music.
YEP- Young Entertainment Professionals
The Young Entertainment Professionals network creates a platform for the entertainment industry to thrive in a supportive and creative environment for the betterment of its members as well as the industry as a whole through networking events, showcases, mentorship and educational development.
Touring Career Workshop
The Touring Career Workshop has free events created by Chris Lisle and Erik Parker designed to serve and educate their colleagues in the touring music industry. The inaugural TCW was held in November 2011 at Belmont University, and was attended by over fifty industry professionals.
The more you get used to mixing in a room of strangers and talking about your own projects, the easier it will get. The most important part of networking happens the next day. Follow up with your new contacts, even if it is just to say, “enjoyed chatting — keep in touch.” You never know who is going to make a big difference in your music career — and you never know when they are going to help you, either. Every connection you make is valuable, even if the results are not immediate.