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Networking in the Music Industry

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Networking and Staying Active No Matter Where You Are at Artistically is Key

Networking is a very healthy way to stay in the game of being an artist. Regardless of what kind of art you are doing and your purposes for doing it; networking is the way to go. Communication in some way, shape or form is key. Like this blog maybe is one example.

I have found myself lately, spinning my wheels a bit with my songwriting endeavors. That is not necessarily bad, just not "clicking" as well as I would like. Then again, I am one of those songwriters that is always impatient for results. Like I have said before, no instant gratification in the music business. Take your lumps, swallow your pride, regroup and come back with a bright new approach. You must constantly adjust and stay up on the business. Just do it as the Nike saying goes.

It seems I have been more of a promoter lately. That is a natural thing for me to do. I just had forgotten what fun that can be and how much you can learn about the music industry by networking by promoting others. Having artists thank you for supporting them when they know and I know "a win" was important in the moment to keep the momentum going, is a genuinely fantastic feeling. Synergy makes the world go around. Building alliances is a key to keeping your music career on track, even when your day in the sun is not in the present. Helping others is good medicine in any business or activity no matter what the situation.

This week, I have been so fortunate to have networked in person and on the Internet with musicians, promoters, producers, sound and lighting engineers and music lovers in general, from all over the world. Some as far away as Ireland and Australia! What a wealth of information these fine people have shared with me. I hope in some small way, I have reciprocated the gift of communication in a favorable manner. This is when it dawned on me; that even if my music career is not popping right this second, I can make a difference and help someone or something else elevate. Artists asking me from as far away as Nashville for advise and assistance in whatever I can offer? Holy smokes, I not only am honored, I am motivated to deliver and so should you be if ever put in that position. Networking once again allowed me to succeed in honoring the request for help in a timely manner with no strings attached. (No pun intended.).

Once again, I find myself referencing Napoleon Hill's book, Think and Grow Rich. In that book, he talked about the "master-mind theory." That is get with people who know more than you in different areas that you can get along with and collaborate with them to make something big happen. I know I am not the smartest tool in the shed, nor do I have to be. I just have to be one of the tools available; and that I am! The sooner people understand networking and sharing information, building trust, and following through on a plan, good things happen. Are you getting pumped up yet? Your head should be nodding up and down. I see you. ;)

So I say to you, fellow left and right brain creative humans, give of yourself and network. Don't be selfish or afraid. Remember what Michael Jordan, the 6 time NBA World Champion, Hall of Fame basketball star said, "I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed." http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/m/michael_jordan.html#ixzz1PHZ6KlPb Networking and staying active no matter where you are at artistically is key. You know it and I know it. Now do it with a smile and enjoy the happy feeling you are giving and getting. I believe in you! Peace and love, Mike G. Murphy Phoenix, Arizona USA http://www.promofm.com/Mike_G_Murphy

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