If you are a professional musician, student or music educator, you would do well to partner with a music industry organization to strengthen your expertise and credibility. Music organizations bring together professionals with similar goals and challenges. Members of industry organizations come from all aspects of the business, but all share the same objective of expanding their knowledge.
Becoming a member of the right organization opens the door to a wealth of expertise. You will be exposed to many networking opportunities, information and resources. Additionally, music associations may also provide invaluable services that include informational resources, educational opportunities and industry support. When looking for membership with a national association of music, remember the following:
1. Make sure the music group you're interested in is credible. Check the Better Business Bureau or other industry accreditations.
2. Most organizations charge fees for memberships, so make sure you’re getting your money’s worth before you pay.
3. Your association is a support resource that you can turn to with questions or concerns regarding your career.
Become a member of an accredited musician organizationAlthough many organizations offer information, tools and resources to non-members, you can benefit substantially from becoming a member. Membership opens the door to additional services, products and representation.
Join a music industry association that offers a full schedule of events and conferencesEvents and conferences are a boon to any musician. They give you an opportunity to network and share issues with industry peers. More importantly, they give you exposure within the industry, and provide you with an opportunity to further your relationships with other industry peers.
Opt for a music industry group that has an awards programWinning awards from accredited organizations reflects positively on your professionalism and contributions to the music community. Usually members have to be nominated for awards, but each organization has various requirements and expectations. You may have to be a member to enroll.
- Networking is a great business tool. Make sure you're stocked with business cards so you can market yourself at events held by musician associations.