The relationship between artist and fan isn’t the only one you should be building in your music business. D Grant Smith shares some tips and tricks on cultivating relationships with music industry contacts that will foster growth in your music career.

Connecting with music industry contacts is necessary for growth and that’s why D Grant Smith spends his time growth farming. Growth farming is planting seeds within yourself and building connections with other people. These connections are essential to growing your music business and opening up opportunities for music career advancement. The better you get at building these relationships, the easier it is to have the career, success and fulfillment you seek in your life. For more information and tips from D Grant, attend our workshop on Thursday, October 4th at 12 EST. This will be a 4 hour event all about building relationships so you can grow in your professional (and personal) life.

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Why we should care about relationships

  • Skilled at some things but not skilled in others
  • Put here to have relationships with people
  • Others benefit from the work we do, vice versa
  • Created to be communities

Kinds of relationships to build

  • What you can offer/What you can gain (don’t focus on what you can gain)
  • How can i show appreciation
  • Build a connection with people, venues, funding, opportunities
  • Relationships with collaborators
  • Music industry contacts

Common mistakes when reaching out to music industry contacts

  • Don’t randomly send messages to someone asking them to do something for you
  • Don’t spam people
  • Know someone before you reach out
  • Sending generic messages
  • Be specific
  • Not having an attitude of gratitude

Upcoming Workshop

  • D Grant’s roadmap of actionable material
  • Tried and true blueprint and playbook that D Grant uses
  • Learn how to “own your awesome”
  • Tips and tricks to help both introverts and extroverts
  • How to build relationships that will change your personal and professional life

If you don’t like reaching out to people or feel uncomfortable about it, you might be doing it wrong. Join us for the workshop on October 4th to learn how to develop relationships over time with influencers. The better we get at connecting, the better we are at creating. 

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Bree Noble Female Entrepreneur MusicianBree Noble is an entrepreneur, musician and speaker. She founded Women of Substance Radio, an online radio station that promotes quality female artists in all genres, in 2007.  She launched the Women of Substance Music Podcast in November 2014, a 5 day per week show which promotes Independent female artists. Her podcast has hit #1 in New & Noteworthy for the Music, Arts and Society & Culture categories and #4 Audio Podcast on all of iTunes. She draws on her extensive experience running her own music business, both as a solo musician and as an Industry professional, to train and mentor other female musicians. Learn more about the station, the show and the artists Connect with Bree on Twitter @BreeNoble or on Facebook or on Instagram