This a post in my new column, “Making Music Work,” where I take a look at the challenges facing local, indie musicians.
As a musician it’s hard to say no. But, should you always say yes?
There are a lot of positives to saying yes. More chances to play, which means more experience and more audience. Networking opportunities. A chance to pad your resume of shows. In the words of actress and singer Ashley Davidson Hughson, “work begets work; you never know who might be in the audience that night.”
Except, playing your music isn’t all about you. It’s about your music. It’s about your fans, both old and new. It’s about the person running the room making a profit. It’s about other acts on the bill getting exposed to a new audience.
With that in mind, when should you say no? I polled my network of professional and amateur performers, and we came up with these major reasons. [Read more…] about Making Music Work: Should You Say Yes To Everything?