How Collaboration Can Boost Your Music Career
Collaboration is huge, but of course, you knew that already. But collaborating might seem daunting if you don’t know where to start or how to find the right people to work with. Let’s start with the benefits of collaboration.
For one, collaborating with another artist means you both reach a new audience. Fans of yours may not know the artist you’re collaborating with and when they hear the song you create together, they may go check the other artist out as well. The same goes for the other artist’s fans and being introduced to you. You will both benefit from reaching new fans.
Two, collaboration brings about a whole new world of possibilities. When you work with others, you gain new perspectives, new styles, and new ideas. Where you may have been stuck on what to do for that bridge, bringing in a second set of ears might produce a great idea to get you out of the rut.
So how do you get started with collaborating?
First off, you’re going to need to network with other music makers. Check your local venues or meet ups to see if you can get connected to other musicians. Or better yet, join groups on Facebook, like Music Makers, where there are tons of musicians gathered together to discuss, get advice, and share opportunities. And, of course, you can always join us at Music Expo in Miami, Nashville or San Francisco this year. The possibilities are endless.
Second, get involved. Head out to your local venues and see who’s performing, do a Twitter search for musicians in your area, put up flyers or social media statuses letting other artists know you’re looking to network (ask friends and family to share so your reach goes further!). When you put in that much outward effort, people take notice. Think about it this way. If someone was always asking you to check out their music and they never checked out yours, would you do it? Put yourself out there and show that you’re supporting the community that supports you and you’ll be surprised to see how many more people are willing to work with you because you don’t just talk the talk.
Once you find some artists to collaborate with, be sure to clearly define what you’re hoping to achieve. It’s not a bad idea to draft up a contract or written agreement on who can do what with the final project. Save yourself the headache later. After that, just do what you do best. Start creating tunes that will surpass anything you thought possible!
Do you have any collaboration tips to share? We want to hear them below!