Your Music Showcase Pro Tip # 2 – Research

PRE Music Showcase

When traveling to a music showcase event, jump into pre-game mode early.  This means considering all things that can be done on your behalf before you even get to the event.  By doing so, you will maximize the experience when it is time to showcase your music.

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To start, you want to make sure that you’re subscribed for updates.  When attending a music showcase, conference or convention, organizers typically have an email list, rss feed and social media accounts such as Twitter and Facebook.  These outlets are used to blast out the latest updates.  After you are subscribed or following you want to look out for announcements. Confirmations on speakers such as label executives, a&r’s, managers, publishers and other industry executives are usually posted on the website and then triggered to social networks.

As speaker notifications roll in, start making a list.  Research each speaker.  Can their bio or LinkedIn profile be found online?  Are they on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest?  You get the idea!  Look for information on their background.  What did they do previously?  Where were they previously employed?  The six degrees of separation theory is real.  Although you will not know until you start to dig!  Look for ways that your talent, experience or music can be related to something relevant from each speaker.

It’s ok to send friend, follow or connection requests.  Matter fact, it’s a good idea.  Just don’t start stalking anyone!  Short and simple introductions are ok.  Just make sure any communication is natural and done with good manners.  Otherwise, lay low and observe.

If you follow these steps, when you meet the speaker in person you will have something relevant to say.  That alone can be memorable for the speaker.  They may even be impressed by what you know!  Remember, you attend a music showcase, conference or convention to network in person.  The final step is building a relationship.  You need something to talk about other than your music.


The Conference & Music Showcase

The conference portion of DCON is an opportunity for music producers, artists and songwriters to participate in music showcase events, network with industry experts and learn about the business.  To provide the attendees with more of an exclusive opportunity, the conference and the music showcase that takes place during the conference is limited to 50 registrations.  There is no red carpet or velvet rope.  Attendees have an opportunity to meet and talk face to face with speakers.  Outstanding performers, producers and songwriters standout during the music showcase & conference.


The Convention & Music Showcase

The convention portion of DCON is an opportunity for beatmakers, producers, songwriters, artists and professionals to network and participate in music showcase events.  Great music is celebrated and future music stars hit the stage for music showcase events specifically for producers, recording artists and songwriters.  Outside of the standard music showcase events like beat battles, artist showcases, remix competitions and lyric & melody songwriter showcases, DCON also hosts workshops and bootcamps.  While not in typical music showcase format, the workshops and bootcamps allow music makers to showcase their music in a feedback forum to make better music.  From live dj sets, competitions, showcases, record swaps and industry q&’s, the convention portion is packed full with networking opportunities.

The goal of DCON is to provide insight and exposure to music producers, songwriters & artists.  To accomplish this, we bring together dynamic music experts who share their knowledge through professional experiences.