Music workshops: how to choose, prep, and “work” music industry events

attending music workshops Music workshops can be outstanding resources when it comes to education, networking, and generating ideas. But how can you be sure the enticing-sounding workshop you’re being pitched is meat, rather than hype? How do you make the most of your time and elevate your career in the process? We’ve got tips from two industry veterans who know the world of workshops inside and out. Read more.

Independent Success – An Interview with Sean O’Connell of Music Allies

Be great and be honest with the connection that you’re making. You’ve got to hustle and make your own destiny. But my biggest piece of advice is, team up with someone passionate to work with you. And that doesn’t mean someone from the music business. When you look at a lot of people I’ve worked with and look at who their managers are, they started as enthusiastic young people who didn’t have training in the music business… Read more…

Summer Music Festivals: Four tragic stage collapses lead to deaths and injuries

Summer Music Festivals: Four tragic stage collapses lead to deaths and injuriesMusic festivals are a staple of the summer season, and since the inception of Lollapalooza in 1991, outdoor concerts and worldwide attendance at festival shows have increased dramatically. 2011 has been a strong year for these shows, in terms of attendance, but events in the past two months are leaving many promoters, managers, fans, and artists ill at ease — and in mourning. Read more…

How to Land a Music Festival Gig

From Bonaroo to High Sierra and the Warped Tour, it seems that more and more music festivals are popping up all over the world. But for emerging artists, landing a slot at a festival, even as an opening band, may seem out of reach – a goal for “later” in your career.

To find out just how feasible it is to try to land a spot on a festival stage, we spoke with a talent booker from San Francisco’s 18-year-old Noise Pop festival… Read more…